Panesar and Anyon inspire Sussex
Monty Panesar and James Anyon edged Sussex closer to safety in the LV= County Championship with runs and wickets against Division One relegation rivals Worcestershire at New Road.
After leading their side to a formidable 375 with a last-wicket stand of 52, they played leading roles as Worcestershire struggled to 199 for seven, still 27 short of the 226 needed to avoid the follow-on.
While Panesar reinforced his position as the leading spin bowler in the championship in a spell of 4-48 in 23.5 overs, Anyon removed a major obstacle when Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell was out leg before for 36.
There was no hint of trouble ahead as Mitchell and James Cameron began the reply with a partnership of 64 but five wickets crashed for 52 as Panesar teased and probed while the seamers rotated from the opposite end.
Will Adkin yorked Cameron for 35 and Panesar moved up to 60 wickets for the season when he struck twice in quick succession. Vikram Solanki turned a catch to short-leg and Moeen Ali was snapped up at slip.
Aneesh Kapil quickly became another lbw victim in a new spell by Amjad Khan but Sussex were then held up by Alexei Kervezee’s first half-century since July.
Unbeaten with 52, he appeared to be re-shaping the game with Gareth Andrew until Panesar took two wickets in his last seven deliveries. Andrew, on 27, was beaten in the flight and a quicker ball did for Ben Scott.
Sussex’s last three wickets eventually added 141, initially with a proficient 71 from impressive wicketkeeper Ben Brown and finally with a more robust approach as Anyon and Panesar comfortably secured a fourth batting point.
With Sussex resuming on 289 for eight, Brown’s skilful management of the lower order took them to 323 before a loss of composure resulted in a routine stumping as he charged at Moeen’s first delivery of the day.
Anyon helped Brown put on 49 and the left-hander was close to a third half-century, reaching an unbeaten 44 in a two-hour stay.
The increasingly confident Anyon flicked a six over long-leg off Richard Jones but Worcestershire's cause was helped by Moeen imposing some restrictions.
Anyon had a remarkable let-off when Cameron dropped a simple catch at midwicket but Moeen had a return of 4-53 in 24.3 overs when Panesar was leg before after making 20.