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Yardy makes Worcestershire suffer

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, New Road
Worcestershire v Sussex

11-14 June (1100-1800 BST)
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Worcestershire 288 Sussex 17-0 (Worcs 2pts, Sussex 3pts)


Michael Yardy
Michael Yardy shared a valuable stand with Matt Prior

Captain Mike Yardy hit a superb 152, his second century in four days, to put Sussex in command at stumps on day two against Worcestershire at New Road.

Resuming on 17-0, the visitors finished on 409-5 to secure maximum batting points and open a 121-run advantage.

Yardy hit 21 fours in 244 balls and shared a stand of 119 with Matt Prior, who struck 11 fours in an aggressive 82, before both fell to Chris Whelan.

Dwayne Smith smashed two sixes in an unbeaten 49 as the home side struggled.

Kabir Ali returned for Worcestershire after a seven-week lay-off with a hamstring injury, but he was unable to make much of an impression.

Yardy failed to score a hundred in the Championship last year, but the 28-year-old, in his first season as captain, came into the match having made 110 against Yorkshire earlier in the week.

The left-hander gave Worcestershire a chance in the second over but his edge off Matt Mason bisected wicketkeeper Steven Davies and Ben Smith at first slip.

Sussex lost only one wicket in adding 126 before lunch and that came from a lucky break when Ashley Noffke's deflection off a straight drive by Yardy ran out Chris Nash at the non-striker's end for 52.

Ed Joyce hit a short ball from Kabir into the hands of Moeen Ali at deep square leg and Murray Goodwin edged behind for Whelan's first success.

Yardy and Prior then took the game away from the hosts before Andrew Hodd and Smith plundered further runs before the close.



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