LV County Championship - Division One
Hove - Day Four
Sussex 289 (E C Joyce 90, R S C Martin-Jenkins 67, J M Anderson 6-56, G Chapple 4-69) & 167 (E C Joyce 55, G Keedy 5-45, J M Anderson 5-53) v Lancashire 299 (M J Chilton 89, S J Croft 59, A G Prince 56, L J Wright 5-80) & 160-2 (A G Prince 91 no, F du Plessis 58 no)
Lancashire (19pts) beat Sussex (5pts) by 8 wkts
New Lancashire coach Peter Moores enjoyed a winning return to Hove as James Anderson inspired the Red Rose county to an eight-wicket win over Sussex.
The England seamer followed up his six wickets in the first innings with 5-53 in the second, giving him superb match figures of 11-109 - the best of his career.
Sussex resumed the final morning on 148-5 but quickly subsided, losing their last five wickets for just 19 runs in under an hour of play.
Anderson set the tone by getting Luke Wright (35) caught behind off his first ball of the day. Tom Smith and Robin Martin-Jenkins were also victims of his impressive swing bowling.
Gary Keedy removed Damien Wright and Ragheb Aga in the space of four balls, both to smartly-taken catches by Mark Chilton, to finish with 5-45.
Needing 158 in 66 overs, Lancashire's run chase got off to a sticky start as openers Paul Horton and Tom Smith wenty cheaply, Corey Collymore dismissing both.
However, South Africans Ashwell Prince, who finished unbeaten on 91, and Francois Du Plessis (58 not out) steered the visitors home with an unbroken third-wicket stand of 132.
Luke Wright claimed his maiden first-class five-wicket haul to prevent Lancashire claiming a third first innings bonus point at Hove on Thursday.
The visitors had been heading for a sizeable first innings lead when they reached 253 for five, but Wright claimed three wickets with the second new ball to finish with figures of five for 80 and eclipse his previous best of three for 33.
With Robin Martin-Jenkins offering excellent support with three for 50, Lancashire were restricted to only 299 and a 10-run lead and, by the close, Sussex had reached 148 for five in their second innings, with Wright unbeaten on 35.
Wright crucially ended a century fourth-wicket partnership between Mark Chilton and Steven Croft in the second over of the day, courtesy of a smart slip catch by Ed Joyce, and Chilton fell 11 runs short of a ton when he missed a straight ball from Martin-Jenkins.
Luke Sutton then edged an away-swinger from Wright and Glen Chapple fell in identical fashion - this time to Martin-Jenkins - and Wright mopped up the tail by removing Gary Keedy and Sajid Mahmood.
James Anderson continued his marvellous match, though, tempting Chris Nash into nibbling at an away-swinger before bowling Sussex skipper Mike Yardy.
Slow left-armer Keedy ended a stand of 50 for the third wicket between Joyce and Murray Goodwin by getting the latter stumped by Sutton.
And Matt Prior was then trapped leg before to the same man for a second-ball duck, before Joyce went the same way lbw to Keedy for 55.
Wright added 35 not out with the bat, though, and Sussex hold a 138-run lead heading into the final day's play.
James Anderson snared three more victims on the second day at Hove to finish with 6-56, in what is likely to be his only Championship appearance of the season ahead of a packed international summer.
Anderson's heroics helped to limit the hosts to 289 all out in the morning after they had resumed day two on 247-5.
The England seamer took 3-9 in eight overs in favourable conditions during the morning session as Sussex lost their last five wickets for 42, including Ed Joyce who was bowled by Anderson after adding just one run to his overnight 89.
Robin Martin-Jenkins (67) was floored by an Anderson yorker and Sussex's tail did not offer too much resistance, with Glen Chapple finishing with 4- 69.
And although Peter Moores' side stuttered to 2-2 in reply, a century partnership between Mark Chilton (72 not out) and Steven Croft, who reached the close unbeaten on 59, steadied the ship.
Ashwell Prince head earlier made 56 on his debut for the Red Rose county, who will hope to press on and build a first-innings lead on day three.
Ed Joyce marked his Sussex debut with a diligent 89 not out against Lancashire at Hove.
The Dublin-born left-hander joined from Middlesex at the end of last season and made an immediate impression by defying a high-class Lancashire bowling attack for more than five hours.
Joyce, batting at number three, held his new side's innings together with a 218-ball contribution that has, thus far, featured just five boundaries.
He shared an unbroken sixth-wicket stand with the more aggressive Robin Martin-Jenkins to allow the hosts to reach the close healthily placed at 247-5.
Michael Yardy shared stands worth 43 and 73 with Chris Nash (22) and Joyce for the first and second wickets respectively after opting to bat first.
But the Sussex skipper's dismissal, lbw to James Anderson for 35, was the start of a collapse of four wickets for 44 runs that saw his team reduced to 160-5.
Michael Yardy shared stands worth 43 and 73 with Chris Nash and Joyce for the first and second wickets respectively.
But the Sussex skipper's dismissal, lbw to Anderson for 35, was the start of a collapse of four wickets for 44 runs that saw the hosts reduced to 160-5.
Martin-Jenkins (52no) joined Joyce in an 87-run partnership to sway the momentum back Sussex's way by the close of day one.
England paceman Anderson bowled superbly throughout, finishing with 3-47 from 24 overs, and was well supported by Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple (2-56).