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Essex set for tense final day against Sussex

PUBLISHED: 19:30 06 August 2016 | UPDATED: 19:30 06 August 2016

Essex's James Foster (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Essex's James Foster (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Division Two leaders look to build lead at Castle Park

Essex will go into the final day of their county championship match against Sussex with a 73-run lead at Castle Park.

Captain Ryan ten Doeschate and James Foster saw them close on 163-4 in their second innings, after England’s Chris Jordan had hit his first county championship century to help the visitors build a 90-run advantage on first innings.

The visitors started the day on 291-6 and had added 22 to their total before Jofra Archer edged David Masters behind to James Foster to fall for 73 and end a 140-run stand with Jordan.

But any hopes Essex might have had of quickly wrapping up the innings were shattered by Danny Briggs, who helped take Sussex past the home side’s first innings score of 358 to reach lunch on 399-7, with Jordan one run short of his century.

Briggs was trapped leg before by Graham Napier soon after the restart, falling one short of a half-centry, but Jordan had moved to three figures from 164 balls with a six and nine fours.

Tailenders Harry Finch and Steve Magoffin helped Jordan move the total to 448 and a lead of 90, before Napier dismissed the England man for 131, after a five-hour stay at the crease, to complete his five-wicket haul.

But Jordan showed no sign of tiredness as he opened the bowling and had Nick Browne caught at square leg by Ed Joyce for just a single in the second over of Essex’s second innings.

Jaik Mickleburgh fell to Archer, who was hit for six by Dan Lawrence as the hosts reached tea on 77-2, still 13 runs in arrears.

But Lawrence (29) was then trapped leg before by Jordan after the restart, with Essex still two runs behind Sussex, before the home side moved ahead with four leg byes off Magoffin.

They had only moved 21 runs clear when Tom Westley was caught behind by Brown off the bowling of David Wiese, six runs short of a half-century, after hitting eight fours in more than two hours at the crease.

But James Foster accompanied captain Ryan ten Doeschate through to the close, sharing an unbroken 52-run stand as the hosts reached 163-4 at stumps.

Foster will resume the final day on 16, while ten Doeschate is 42 not out after hitting five fours in his 86-ball innings to date.

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