Tredwell spins Sussex to the brink of victory

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Sussex are poised to complete their first Championship double over Warwickshire for 54 years after inching closer to victory at Horsham.

Ed Joyce’s men need just two more wickets after tea to complete an impressive performance after reducing the Bears to 99-8 in pursuit of 326 to win.

On-loan England spinner James Tredwell did the majority of the damage as he picked up three wickets in the afternoon session.

Tredwell had Sam Hain caught at short leg and removed Rikki Clarke for a duck in the same over to complete a double wicket maiden.

Lewis Hatchett also chipped in by having Ian Westwood caught behind driving at a ball outside off stump which he could have left alone.

Former Sussex wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose offered the only real resistance to his old club’s hopes of success as he reached his half century from 123 balls.

He put on 53 with Chris Woakes before his two and a half hour vigil came to an end when Chris Nash bowled him through the gate.

Woakes followed two balls later when he became Tredwell’s third victim, superbly caught low down by Jordan at slip, to give the on-loan Kent spinner figures of 3-7 from 12.1 overs.

Chris Jordan produced a sensational opening spell as Sussex closed in on victory against Warwickshire on the final day at Horsham.

Jordan took three quick wickets – including the prize scalp of Jonathan Trott – to leave the Bears reeling on 10-3 at lunch as they chase 326 to seal an unlikely win.

Sussex still have 67 overs left to claim the seven wickets they need having declared on 245-9 in the morning.

Their hopes of piling on some quick runs were dashed early on as Jordan and Luke Wright departed in the first two overs.

Jeetan Patel had Wright caught at first slip and also claimed the wickets of Ben Brown and James Tredwell to finish with figures of 4-84.

Steffan Piolet made 22 to stretch Sussex’s lead to 325 and when he was out to Boyd Rankin skipper Ed Joyce decided to declare on 245-9.

With 77 overs still left in the day all three results still looked possible but Warwickshire’s chances of chasing down 326 to win were soon left in tatters.

Varun Chopra drove loosely at a ball from Jordan and was caught behind for four and Will Porterfield followed two balls later when he was trapped lbw.

A fine morning got even better when Jordan got a good length ball to leave Trott and find the batsman’s edge having added just one to his first innings 106.

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