Short but sweet for Warwickshire
Just 45 minutes of play was possible at a wet and windy PROBIZ County Ground, but Warwickshire did their best to make up for the lost time by reducing Sussex to 80 for five before play was abandoned at 5pm on the third day.
Sussex, resuming on 57 for two in the LV= County Championship Division One encounter, lost three wickets in the space of nine deliveries while adding just five runs.
Play got underway at 2.15pm and Luke Wells had not added to his overnight score of five when he was trapped lbw by Keith Barker in the second over of the day.
Moments later, England’s Matt Prior had his off stump knocked back by Chris Wright, who struck the wicketkeeper-batsman with his previous delivery.
Wright and Barker, a yard faster than last season after reconstructing his action, troubled the Sussex batsmen with their pace in difficult conditions.
The latter kept Warwickshire’s momentum going when he pinned a hesitant Murray Goodwin in front.
Sussex’s suffering ended when players came off at 3pm as the umpires decided that the conditions were unsafe for the batsmen.
Warwickshire go into the final day with a lead of 465 runs thanks to the efforts of Jonathan Trott, who was delighted with his 178 on his first domestic appearance of the summer.
He said: “It was a difficult situation with the ball seaming around so I was really happy with it.
“You are never quite sure what sort of nick you are in when you come back to England, having played on the sub-continent. It is always a little bit different, especially this time of year.
“I always enjoy coming back and playing for Warwickshire. It was playing with these guys and under Ashley Giles as coach that was the start of something for me in terms of my career.”