David Wiese is delighted to be among the wickets as Sussex got their season up and running.

The South African took 4-50 at Edgbaston as Warwickshire recovered to reach 284-9 by close.

Four sessions have been lost to the weather, including this morning as the outfield dried in bright sunshine.

Sussex exercised their option of asking the hosts to bat first and Wiese enjoyed himself.

He said: "It was nice for me to get back out there again and in red-ball cricket too as I've played a lot of white-ball lately.

“It was good to get some wickets. It was coming out decently to start with though it turned out to be a bit of a long day in the end.

"It's a good cricket wicket. There is something in it for the bowlers with a bit of nibble if you put it in the right place, but it's a good pitch and the batsmen will get value for their shots when the outfield dries out.

“The outfield probably cost Warwickshire 20 or 30 runs today."

Batsmen and bowlers alike were clearly feeling their way into the season.

Of the batsmen, only Tim Ambrose (76 not out, 106 balls, ten fours) and Ian Bell (70, 91 balls, 14 fours) found any fluency.

For others it was a case of cobbling together runs against a Sussex attack which delivered its share of good balls without the consistency of performance that comes with regular cricket.

Ishant Sharma took just 18 balls to open his account when Will Rhodes, making his Warwickshire championship debut, edged into the slips. Five balls later, Dom Sibley tickled a rising ball from Ollie Robinson to the wicketkeeper and the home side was 20 for two.

Bell and Jonathan Trott added 60 in 17 overs before the latter edged an excellent delivery from Wiese to first slip.

Sharma trapped Adam Hose lbw and Sam Hain was adjudged lbw, playing no shot, to Wiese but Bell, fresh from a century against Durham MCCU, was in fine touch, advancing to 50 from 66 balls with ten fours.

It was a surprise to all when an attempt to pierce the offside field sent a catch to point off Wiese.

Former Sussex player Ambrose and Keith Barker dug in to add 52 in 16 overs before Stuart Whittingham induced edges from Barker and Patel in quick succession.

Wiese returned to remove Olly Stone courtesy of a brilliant catch at second slip by Harry Finch.

That was 220-9 but Sussex were frustrated by last pair Ambrose and Chris Wright (17 not out from 70 balls) who added an unbroken 62 in 19 overs as the shadows lengthened in glorious evening sunshine.