County Championship: Sussex fight back at Kidderminster after Wayne Parnell's four wickets

Written by on June 18, 2019

Sussex batsman Dan Van Zyl was the day's only victim for home skipper Joe Leach on the stroke of lunch at Chester Road
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Chester Road, Kidderminster (day one):
Sussex 185-6: Brown 64*, Jordan 44*; Parnell 4-59
Worcestershire: Yet to bat
Worcestershire 2 pts, Sussex 0 pts
<p class="sp-story-body__introduction">Rain wiped out the final session and a half to halt a Sussex fightback against Worcestershire on the first day of the rescheduled County Championship Division Two fixture at Kidderminster.</p>

After starting on time following the move from waterlogged New Road to Chester Road, Sussex were rocked by three quick wickets from Wayne Parnell.

The former Sussex paceman finished with 4-59 despite Sussex’s recovery.

Ben Brown and Chris Jordan shared an unbroken stand to rally to 185-6.

With scores of 156, 131 and 107 in three of his last four County Championship matches, the Sussex captain is now second only to Glamorgan’s Australian all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne as Division Two’s top run scorer.

The first wicket of the day on Worcestershire’s first return to Chester Road since 2008 was for home debutant Adam Finch, who had been preferred to Charlie Morris.

Parnell then dismissed Luke Wells, Harry Finch and Laurie Evans during an initial spell of 3-22 from six overs before returning to remove David Wiese.

But, from 102-6 early in the afternoon session, Brown and Jordan attacked, clubbing an unbroken 83 runs in 18 overs until the rain arrived just before 15:00 BST- and they did not return.

Pears debutant Adam Finch told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

“The wicket is always usually flat here at Kidderminster. It nipped around a bit in the morning with the new ball but generally it is pretty flat here.

“We’ve gone okay. It’s a shame the rain came in. It would have been nice to get the last session in and see what we could do but, overall, we are pleased with how it finished.

“It was really nice to get my first wicket and have the backing and support from the coaches. Hopefully I can put in a performance which shows that decision to be a good one.”

Meanwhile, back in Worcester. . .

A reminder of why they are not at New Road this week – and have had to decamp to Chester Road.

Although this is the 159th flood since Worcestershire first played first-class cricket at New Road in 1899, this is only the 13th time it has happened during the season – and six of them have been since 2007.

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