Monty bats Sussex to draw

Opener's epic innings earns draw for Sussex

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Monty bats Sussex to draw

Montgomerie: faced 440 balls for his 195

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LV County Championship - Division One
Hove - day four
Warwickshire 433 (I J Westwood 110, T R Ambrose 99, K C Sangakkara 59, D L Maddy 53, Saqlain Mushtaq 5-96, Mushtaq Ahmed 4-170) & 238 (Mushtaq Ahmed 7-111) v Sussex 168 (L J Wright 61, A J Shantry 4-31, J E Anyon 4-62) & 405-5 (R R Montgomerie 195, M H Yardy 54, C D Nash 50, A G R Loudon 4-123)
Sussex (7pts) drew with Warwickshire (12pts)

Sussex extended their lead over Yorkshire to seven points after batting throughout the final day to claim a draw against Warwickshire at Hove.

Richard Montgomerie was the Sussex hero with a magnificent 195 that spanned almost nine hours, the hosts eventually finishing at 405-5.

Montgomerie faced 440 balls and struck 12 fours, sharing a partnership worth 123 with Michael Yardy (54) for the second wicket after Sussex had resumed at 160-1 at the start of the final day.

And although the opening batsman became one of four victims for off-spinner Alex Loudon (4-123) to reduce Sussex to 385-5, sixth-wicket pair Andrew Hodd (46no) and Luke Wright (9no) saw them to a draw.

The seven points that Sussex earn from the match are enough to consolidate their lead at the top of Division One as nearest rivals Yorkshire had earlier been heavily beaten by Lancashire.

Day Three

Sussex will need to be in record breaking form if they are to pull off a dramatic victory on the final day at Hove.

The defending champions must score a mammoth 504 runs in a minimum of 152 overs after bowling Warwickshire out for 238 shortly after lunch on day three.

Such a feat has not been achieved in over 80 years, since Middlesex scored 502 in the fourth innings to beat Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1925.

The home side, who have not lost at Hove since the last game of the 2004 season, got off to a perfect start thanks to an unbeaten 61 from Richard Montgomerie.

Montgomerie figured in a century opening stand with Chris Nash (50) as Sussex closed on 160 for one, 344 short of their target.

Warwickshire, who are looking for their first win of any kind in over a month, found the going far tougher than the first innings.

On a flat, dry pitch the County Championship strugglers used eight bowlers but, without a specialist spinner, could make little headway into the Sussex batting line up before close of play.

Day Two

Bears' medium pacers James Anyon (4-62) and Adam Shantry (4-31) each claimed four wickets as the defending champions conceded a first-innings deficit of 265.

Only number seven Luke Wright (61) reached 20 as Sussex subsided in just 52.3 overs.

Warwickshire reached 77-2 in their second innings to finish the second day with a lead of 342.

Earlier in the day, Tim Ambrose had fallen just one short of a century as the hosts extended their first innings from 349-6 to 433 all out.

Day One

Warwickshire 349-6 (I J Westwood 110, K C Sangakkara 59,D L Maddy 53, T R Ambrose 52 no, Saqlain Mushtaq 4-73) v Sussex

Ian Westwood struck his second successive LV County Championship hundred as Warwickshire piled on the runs at Hove, ending the first day on 349-6.

The opener followed up his ton against Durham last week with a knock of 110.

He shared an opening partnership of 125 with his skipper, Darren Maddy (53), who had no hesitation in choosing to bat first after winning the toss.

Overseas star Kumar Sangakkara also hit a half century, while Tim Ambrose finished the day on 52 not out against his former county.

All six wickets to fall in the day went to Sussex's spin twins of Mushtaq Ahmed (2-135) and Saqlain Mushtaq (4-73).

However, Warwickshire's good performance was overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the selection of Nayan Doshi.

The former Surrey spinner looked set to make his Bears debut until the ECB said he had not been registered in time.

Under the governing body's regulations, player transfers during a season can only be finalised with agreement from both counties involved.

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