Live video: Sussex push for victory on Day 4
Bermudian Delray Rawlins was out for just two, trapped leg-before after facing only nine balls, but five other Sussex batsmen made good contributions to put them in command after two days of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Glamorgan in Cardiff.
In reply to Glamorgan’s 285 all out, Sussex are 481 for nine, a lead of 196 with two days remaining. Rawlins, batting at No 6, was trapped on the front foot by Callum Taylor, but a century from Stiaan van Zyl and a career best 97 from George Garton led the way for Sussex who recovered from a middle-order collapse to take a comfortable lead at the close.
Sussex, 99 without loss overnight, continued their excellent start with openers Aaron Thomason (67) and Tom Haines (87) laying a good foundation as the visitors reached 211 for 1 at lunch.
Three wickets went down for just seven runs as Glamorgan fought back with Michael Hogan dismissing Thomason with a stunning catch off his own bowling to end the opening stand at 115.
Hogan was again the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers as he also claimed the wicket of Haines, one of five lbw decisions, just after lunch. Haines’s 87 came off 158 balls and included ten fours. The 22-year-old fell just short of his third century in as many first-class matches, though he has already scored 393 runs in that time.
Hogan could have had a second wicket in the same over but Nick Selman could not hold on to a sharp chance at second slip off Tom Clark who departed for 19 when he drove a ball into the off side to give James Weighell a catch off Dan Douthwaite.
Sussex captain Ben Brown went the very next ball when he was caught behind attempting to cut a wide ball. Then Rawlins played around a straight ball from Taylor to be trapped leg-before three overs later as Sussex slipped from 254 for two to 261 for five.
Van Zyl stood firm at the other end, recording the 28th hundred of his career and his sixth for Sussex as he reached triple figures in 146 balls off 14 fours. His 113 came off 153 balls in 199 minutes and included 17 fours.
He added 69 for the sixth wicket with Garton who scored 97 off 59 balls and 14 boundaries before he was outr leg-before.
Ollie Robinson, batting at No 8, is still there with 67 not out, his second straight fifty. Hogan led the Glamorgan bowling with three for 46 from overs.