LUKE WELLS was disappointed he was unable to go on and make a big score after a shuffle in the Sussex order.

Wells made 58 as promotion chasing Sussex closed on 323-8 against Leicestershire after day one of their Specsavers County Championship division two clash at Hove.

He dropped down the order to No.3 in a move which paid off to a degree on a day when a number of Sussex batsmen got in – and then got out.

New opening duo Phil Salt (44) and Tom Haines (56) both perished when well set while skipper Ben Brown (60), who helped rally Sussex from 204-6 to 314-7 in a seventh-wicket stand with Chris Jordan (52 not out), was another to go when a big total loomed.

“It was pleasing to get a score but disappointing not to go on and get that three-figure score and more,” admitted Wells.

Wells revealed he looked at his batting statistics before discussing a move to No.3 with coach Jason Gillespie.

He said: “I’ve been happy opening the batting but I have a better record at three. The stats shouted off the page and today it worked with Tom batting beautifully at the top. So far the change has worked.

“A few of us gave away promising starts when we could have put our foot on their throats. But CJ (Jordan) is still in there, and Ollie Robinson and Danny Briggs can bat, so we will be looking to get 400 here.”