Sussex face a test of self-belief if they are to secure a first home win of the season.

The county have seen promising first innings positions slip away in the recent past.

That goes for this season’s LV= Insurance County Championship as well as last year’s Bob Willis Trophy.

They opened an advantage of 111 on first innings at home to Kent with Stiaan Van Zyl, Tom Clark and Ben Brown making useful contributions to a total of 256.

But Kent stood firm in late afternoon and early evening as Ollie Robinson and Jofra Archer charged in under floodlights and appreciable cloud cover.

At the close they were 138-2, a lead of 27, with Zak Crawley unbeaten on 61.

Sussex still remain handily-placed ahead of a weekend for which the weather forecast is mixed and have the firepower to finish the job.

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Jofra Archer, who did not bowl more than four overs in a spell on day one, was given a fifth with the new ball yesterday and that paid off as he swung a delivery into Jordan Cox, who was pinned on his crease.

Clark later took a very sharp knee-high catch at third slip as the stubborn Daniel Bell-Drummond was removed by Robinson. But no further inroads were made and Archer did not return to the attack.

Van Zyl top-scored for Sussex, hitting eight fours and a six.

He had just passed 50 for the fourth time in five matches when he was trapped by Nathan Gilchrist.

Clark batted very sensibly in tough conditions before having to drag himself from the crease when a Gilchrist delivery kept unexpectedly low on what is a terrific wicket with good carry.