Worcestershire v Sussex, LV= Championship, New Road, 2nd day September 2, 2015

Wright's adventure puts Sussex on top

Sussex 251 for 3 (Wright 98*) lead Worcestershire 210 (Gidman 60*, Jordan 5-68) by 41 runs
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Luke Wright put Sussex on top in their relegation scrap © Getty Images

Luke Wright completed 1,000 LV= County Championship runs in a season for the first time as Sussex took control of their Division One relegation tussle against Worcestershire at New Road.

The former England one-day player took 23 balls to get off the mark but then produced a series of splendid attacking strokes in reaching 98 not out when play ended two overs early because of bad light - the second post tea interruption.

It was Wright's 10th score of 50 or more in the Championship this season. Only one to date has been converted into three figures although there is the potential to double that number tomorrow.

He reached the 1,000 run mark with a leg glance for four off Worcestershire paceman Jack Shantry. By the time bad light intervened for the second time, Wright's partnership with Ben Brown (45 not out) was so far worth 157 in 34 overs. Wright has so far struck one six and 16 fours in his 141 ball innings with Sussex standing on 251 for 3 - a lead of 41.

Worcestershire assistant coach-bowling coach Matt Mason said: "We are definitely behind in this game at the moment. What can you do? We've just got to keep digging deep and try and fight back at some point. It's a fairly flat pitch and it highlights our shortcomings with the bat in the first innings really."

Shantry had claimed his 50th Championship wicket of the season when he dismissed Sussex opener Michael Yardy who fell to a superb catch by Tom Fell diving away to his right at leg slip.

It was one of few highlights for Worcestershire, who underachieved with the bat and have struggled to make much impression with the ball in a match where victory is crucial to both side's survival hopes.

It became 35 for2 when Luke Wells), who had earlier been dropped, edged through to Worcestershire 'keeper Ben Cox. But Chris Nash was dropped on 12 in the final over before lunch from Shantry and Sussex dominated the remainder of the day.

Charlie Morris did account for Matt Machan, who perished to Fell at silly mid off and then Nash was forced to retire on 38 after top edging a pull from the same bowler onto his helmet.

Mark Robinson, Sussex's director of cricket, suggested that Nash may bat again even though he was slightly concussed. "Chris Nash is slightly concussed and the protocol now is you've got to come off and get tested before you are allowed back on the pitch," he said. "He is fine."

Worcestershire's own internal rules would have prevented such an outcome for one of their own players - but the ECB does not impose a consistent policy on concussion.

But Wright immediately looked in good touch after initially taking time to play himself in with the solid Brown the perfect foil in their partnership. Wright cut Shantry to the boundary to reach his half century off 81 balls and he then straight drove the same bowler for another six.

Alex Gidman had completed an excellent fifty to earn Worcestershire a batting point after they had resumed on 185 for 9. Gidman, who remained unbeaten on 60, and Charlie Morris added 31 for the final wicket before the latter was bowled by Wells.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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