Sussex skipper Brown says Joyce ‘is everything you want from a top order batsman’

Ed Joyce. Sussex v Leicestershire - day one at Hove. Picture by Phil Westlake

Ed Joyce. Sussex v Leicestershire - day one at Hove. Picture by Phil Westlake

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Sussex skipper Ben Brown praised opening batsman Ed Joyce as he passed 17,000 first class runs in his unbeaten second innings knock of 62.

Sussex are 197 runs behind with 10 wickets in hand as they look to save the game against Leicestershire in the final day.

Ben Brown said: “Ed Joyce and Chris Nash showed great character to bat 39 overs and get us back in the game and for Ed to pass 17,000 runs is an amazing achievement, he is everything you want from a top order batsman.

“We’re not hiding from the fact that we batted poorly on the first day. To be fair, the ball seamed about a bit but it has flattened out since and we still have loads of work to do to save the game.

“We have to build partnerships and set ourselves small targets and tick them off. A few of us have been light on runs so far this season and it’s important we put that right.”

Leicestershire centurion Mark Pettini said: “It was a really enjoyable innings for me personally, but the most important thing was to help us get a big lead which has put us in a good position.

W”e wanted to give ourselves about 125 bowlers to try and get Sussex out. It’s a good wicket so the same basics we showed in the first innings apply again – hitting line and length and being disciplined.

“If we take ten wickets we will win the game. They are still nearly 200 behind and there is some turn for Jigar Naik so he will have a big part to play in keeping an end closed and the seamers fresh at the other end. We need to go hard at Sussex again in the morning and see what happens.”

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