Wright Lord's it over MCC

England alll-rounder hits career-best score as Sussex smash MCC

Last Updated: 13/04/08 4:06pm

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Wright: Smashed 21 fours and three sixes at Lord's

Wright: Smashed 21 fours and three sixes at Lord's

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Luke Wright shone at Lord's in between the rain as Sussex reached the end of day three in their clash with the MCC on 474-5, giving them a massive lead of 440.

The all-rounder smashed 21 fours and three sixes to finish unbeaten on 155, a career-best score, while putting on century partnerships with Matt Prior (44) and Robin Martin-Jenkins, who was unbeaten on 73 at the close.

Earlier in the day Chris Nash had fallen for 90, meaning the opener is still yet to make his maiden first-class ton.

The MCC attack was short of options with Steve Kirby off the field after being knocked unconscious by a Wright bouncer while batting on day two.

Watching brief

The Gloucestershire paceman had been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead and was watching on at the ground as his team-mates were put to the sword.

They did manage to strike early when Sussex skipper Chris Adams was excellently caught and bowled by Nottinghamshire's Charlie Shreck.

Just four runs later and Nash's off-stump was sent cartwheeling backwards by Graham Onions in the fifth over of the morning.

Although the 24-year-old had made a career-best effort of 90, it was the 13th time he had gone past 50 but failed to make it to three figures.

Attacking

At 187-4 the reigning county champions looked in trouble but Wright and Prior launched a clinical counter attack under pressure.

The pair put on 108 for the fifth wicket until Prior fell to the second new ball, chasing a swinging delivery from Shreck that ended with him being caught behind by wicketkeeper James Foster.

Wright continued to blast away, eventually reaching his hundred and passing his previous best of 100, against Loughborough University, by driving a full toss back past Onions.

By the close he and Martin-Jenkins had put on 179, putting Sussex in a superb position to declare overnight and push for victory on Sunday.

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