Joyce enjoys further success
Ed Joyce scored a superb 107 in his first innings as Sussex’s official captain to leave Worcestershire in a perilous position at the PROBIZ County Ground.
Joyce, who has led the side only as a stand-in for Michael Yardy in the past, spent a hesitant 26 balls in the nineties but otherwise played a commanding innings, which helped Sussex close 163 ahead on 325 for seven.
It was his second century of the season, his ninth for Sussex and the 28th of his career; he reached three figures from 217 balls and there were 12 fours.
The hosts had looked unlikely to build a significant advantage when, replying to a slender total of 162, they slipped from 22 without loss to 65 for three this morning.
Chris Nash lost his off stump to full-length delivery from Alan Richardson, Luke Wells was caught at second slip off the same bowler and Murray Goodwin fell lbw when he prodded half-forward to Richard Jones.
Yardy gave Joyce some support with 33, but the skipper's best partner was Luke Wright, who thumped eight fours and a six - over square-leg off Richardson - in his 132-ball 78.
Joyce reached his hundred when he flicked a full toss from Moeen Ali through midwicket for four.
When he finally departed, caught on the crease by the impressive Richardson, Sussex were well on top at 249 for five.
Richardson, bowling from the Sea End, was Worcestershire's most economical and penetrative bowler.
However, the pitch was less lively than it had been on the opening day, especially when it became older, and Worcestershire had to work hard for further reward as the clouds dispersed.
When Wright was sixth out at 275, caught at second slip in the 90th over, they were through the main batsmen - but further resistance came from wicketkeeper Ben Brown and fast bowler Steve Magoffin as the bowlers tired.
The aggressive Magoffin hit four fours in an unbeaten 29, while Brown fell just before the close for 28.