LAURIE EVANS admitted his maiden Specsavers County Championship century for Sussex had been a long-time coming – but stressed the job is not complete yet.

Sussex were in deep trouble on 34-4 chasing a first innings deficit of 128 against Worcestershire at Kidderminster when Evans joined skipper Ben Brown at the crease.

But they dovetailed superbly for a partnership of 157 in 37 as Sussex closed with an 108-run lead on 236-5.

Evans has had limited four-day opportunities but it was his first Championship century for four years as he finished unbeaten on 106.

He said: “It (my first Championship hundred for Sussex) has been a long time coming and a long time overdue.

“It’s my first Championship hundred for four years? I thought someone might bring that up! I’ve only played about seven (Championship) games in that whole period.

“My first class career leaves so much for debate. I don’t really know what happened to it. But it was great to get out there and get a hundred.

“The red ball game is lot tougher than the white ball game and more mentally challenging. It tests your technique but is also probably the most rewarding.

“I’m a white ball cricketer plying my trade around the world but the most valuable runs are always first class runs and down the years that is what you are judged on.

“I’m overjoyed with the hard work I put in and just really happy and now a big day tomorrow for the boys. The job is not done just yet.”