Sussex stay in command
A late burst of four wickets for 15 runs off as many balls from Jack Brooks was of little comfort to Yorkshire fans as Sussex again dominated events on the second day of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Headingley.
Fluent knocks of 92 from skipper Ed Joyce and 93 by wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Brown guided Sussex to a total of 356 all out, which gave them a first-innings lead of 260.
Teenage Yorkshire opener Alex Lees then departed with only four scored and when bad light ended play a couple of overs before tea the home side were 27 for one and still trailing by 233.
Having bowled out Yorkshire for 96 on the opening day, Sussex's batsmen adopted a positive approach in order to compensate for any time lost to the weather, and they were aided at times by some loose bowling.
Brooks, in his maiden championship match for his new county, conceded 60 runs off 9.4 overs before picking up his wickets, which included both Joyce and Brown, while off-spinner Azeem Rafiq was punished for 70 runs in 15 overs for a solitary success.
The pick of the Yorkshire attack was Ryan Sidebottom, who deservedly dismissed last-man Monty Panesar to complete a return of 4-72.
Sussex began the day on 104 for three with Joyce on four and Rory Hamilton-Brown yet to score; the latter showed immediate aggressive intent with two firmly struck boundaries in Sidebottom's opening over.
With runs coming freely, Yorkshire went unrewarded in the first hour but Liam Plunkett then replaced Steven Patterson and, with his second ball, had Hamilton-Brown lbw for 26 to end a stand of 51.
Joyce, showing exquisite timing, took boundaries either side of the wicket off Plunkett, while Joe Gatting found the middle of the bat off the same bowler, the ball sailing over midwicket for six.
Gatting was also severe on Brooks but departed for 20 when he lashed out at Rafiq's first ball and fell to a running catch by Brooks at wide mid-off.
Brown took up the challenge with his captain and the sixth-wicket pair rushed Sussex to 236 for five at lunch, the two-hour morning session having brought 132 runs.
The flow could not be stemmed and Brown's eighth four brought him his fifty off 66 balls, with both batsmen appearing sufficiently in control to go on and record centuries.
Brooks returned to dash the hopes of both of them, the last two balls of his first over back accounting for Joyce and Chris Jordan.
Joyce was caught at second slip by Adam Lyth off a thick edge, his runs having come off 140 deliveries with 16 fours, and Jordan - Sussex’s six-wicket hero yesterday - was lbw.
Brown kept out the hat-trick ball but a rejuvenated Brooks went on to have Steve Magoffin caught low at first slip by Lyth before removing Brown's middle stump as the batsman attempted to drive.
The wicketkeeper’s splendid 93 came off 95 balls with 14 fours and one recorded six, which included four overthrows.
Yorkshire were soon denied a solid start to the second innings as Magoffin had Lees picked up at first slip by Jordan.
Phil Jaques soon worked his way into double figures before worsening light, followed by rain, brought proceedings to a premature end.