Paul Farbrace believes his Sussex side are progressing.

But the target will be to start picking up wins when LV= Insurance County Championship cricket resumes in six weeks’ time.

Sussex were left second in division two when rain washed out the fourth day of their game with Yorkshire at Headingley.

They have now drawn nine in a row to follow the opening win against Durham.

A dogged batting effort on Friday headed off the threat of an innings defeat with Saturday’s play always likely to fall victim to the rain.

It was the second time the weather had cost Yorkshire a good chance to beat Sussex on the fourth day this season having suffered a similar fate at Hove.

But Sussex have also had near misses in that nine-draw sequence.

Head coach Farbrace said: “I think we’re making progress, but we’ve also got to be realistic.

“The thing we talked about right at the start of the season was expecting to win.

“I said the reason we had to talk about winning was that we’d only won game a season for the previous three years.

“We need to be ambitious and talk about winning and expecting to win.

“What we’ve seen after ten games is that we’ve got a group of players who are very honest and committed, they work hard.

“But, actually, they don’t quite know how to win.

“That’s not being disrespectful to them as players, it means they lack the experience.

“We have to stop making excuses about them being young and say, ‘Well, there’s one or two starting to put their hands up’.

“James Coles at 19 has been one of our standout players since he got into the team.

“Yes we could look at the weather early part of the season and say, ‘There was probably the Leicester game, Worcester, Gloucester when we got into good positions’.

“But the Yorkshire game at home, we probably would have lost.

“This one here, we sneaked away with a draw when Yorkshire would have fully expected to win had it stayed dry.

“We might have another couple of wins in the win column, but we might also have another couple of defeats in the defeat column.”

Sussex would have resumed on 236-7 in their second innings, leading by 88, with Fynn Hudson-Prentice unbeaten on 43.

As it was, umpires Paul Baldwin and James Middlebrook abandoned the day at 12.30pm having called for an early lunch at midday.

Saturday’s weather forecast had always been for prolonged rain.

Hudson-Prentice was aware of the significance of taking the game beyond Friday and, in all likelihood, securing the draw.

He said: “We can’t completely play for that, but myself and Jack (Carson) had to make sure we were there in the morning and try and take time out of the game.

“I love batting and being out there.

“At the moment I’m very confident, so it does help going on in those situations. I do really back myself.

“I’ve had a good season to look back on with the bat, so I’m going in with a lot of good memories.”

Sussex now switch focus to 50-overs cricket in the Metro Bank One-Day Cup.

What could be an exciting race for promotion in the Championship will come down to events in September.

Sussex have trips to Durham and Derbyshire to come as well as home games against Leicestershire and Gloucestershire.