Sussex have played out a draw on their annual trip to Arundel.

Gloucestershire’s Gareth Roderick ended a three-year wait for a Specsavers County Championship century on the final day of a rain-interrupted contest.

The 27-year-old South African made 158 – his first hundred outside Gloucestershire since 2013 – and Ryan Higgins weighed in with a career-best 119 not out as their side made 444-6 declared in reply to Sussex’s 351-8 declared before the teams shook hands at 4.50pm. Each team takes ten points and Sussex remain third in the table with Gloucestershire fifth.

With more than five sessions lost to rain over the four days and the pitch offering little pace or carry, the final day was always destined to be a battle for bonus points but Roderick and Higgins accelerated during the afternoon session to add 136 in 27 overs and ensure Gloucestershire collected a fourth batting point.

Roderick, 51 not out overnight, made steady progress towards his sixth first-class hundred, which he reached with an on-drive off Chris Jordan shortly after lunch that brought him his 11th boundary.

He pressed the accelerator thereafter, making his next 50 runs off just 44 balls before departing to Ollie Robinson when he was caught behind driving at a ball outside off stump he might have left alone. Roderick had batted for five hours 23 minutes, faced 286 balls and hit 15 fours and a six.

Higgins had scored 103 against Glamorgan at Newport earlier this month and batted positively throughout, although he should have been dismissed on 26 when the normally reliable Chris Jordan put him down at slip off Danny Briggs.

The 24-year-old reached the third hundred of his career after tea by driving part-time seamer Laurie Evans to the extra cover boundary for the ninth of his 11 boundaries and he also hit two sixes. He faced 147 balls.

Sussex employed ten bowlers during the day with Robinson even sending down a couple of overs of off breaks and Wells switching from leg spin to seam-up to send down the last over of the match with Danny Briggs keeping wicket.

But their attack took just three wickets in the day, two of them by Robinson, who now has 24 for the season and is Sussex’s leading wicket-taker despite only playing in four of their six games because of a shoulder injury.

Robinson had struck with his second delivery with the second new ball when Jack Taylor (9) was bowled pushing forward just before lunch.

Roderick put on 74 for the fourth wicket during the morning session with Benny Howell, who was leg before half-forward to leg-spinner Will Beer for 29.