Peirce's century sets target

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Toby Peirce's maiden century helped Sussex set Hampshire a winning target of 260 at Southampton yesterday. Peirce batted five-and-a-half hours for his 104 as Sussex attempted to recover from a dissastrous first-innings performance when they were bowled out for 114.

Sussex faired far better second time around thanks to Peirce and some solid tail-end resistance and were all out for 390. This left Hampshire a whole day, plus 13 overs, to reach their target and by the close of the third day they were 37 without loss.

Worcestershire's victory charge was held up by an unbeaten ninth-wicket stand between Derbyshire's Karl Krikken and Simon Lacey at New Road.

They put on a battling 70 to lift their struggling side to a 33-run lead by the time they closed on 364 for 8 after following on 331 behind. Krikken made 47 not out and Lacey 19 not out after Derbyshire had been unsettled by a four-wicket haul for the off spinner Graeme Hick.

The visitors did well to keep Worcestershire at bay and were particularly grateful for a determined 156-run fourth-wicket stand spanning 43 overs between Tim Tweats and Kim Barnett. Tweats was finally removed for a Championship best 83, which contained 15 fours off 132 balls. His previous highest score in the competition had been 78 not out against Worcestershire at Kidderminster two years ago.

Barnett stroked 86, including 17 fours off 161 deliveries before he became the second of two victims in the space of four deadly deliveries from the accurate Hick.

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