Salisbury strikes

Glamorgan 133 and 122-3 Sussex 406
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Career-best batting performances from two players with something to prove provided Sussex with a platform from which to launch their bid for a third Championship victory in four matches.

Keith Greenfield and Ian Salisbury came together in the second over of the day after Peter Moore had fallen to the last ball of the first. He had added one to his overnight score of 22 before he pushed forward to Steve Watkin and was adjudged lbw.

Greenfield began yesterday on 39, but with Sussex 164 for 6 there was still plenty to do in order to establish a commanding lead in a game reduced to three days after Thursday's washout. Alan Wells's decision to put in Glamorgan had paid off on Friday when the visitors were bowl- ed out for 133, Jason Lewry taking six for 44. But with the exception of Wells, who made 78, the Sussex batsmen had failed to take advantage of the situation.

Greenfield and Salisbury steadied the ship, Greenfield's application complementing the bolder Salisbury. At lunch they had taken the score to 258, Salisbury reaching his first 50 of the summer shortly after, with Greenfield becoming somewhat bogged down as his partner threatened to overtake him. After what seemed like an eternity when on 93, during which time he offered a sharp chance to Matthew Maynard at backward point, Greenfield finally went to a century with successive fours off Stuart Thomas. Greenfield's third-successive century at Hove confirmed that the 27-year-old Brighton- born batsman has struck the richest vein of his career. After making his debut in 1987, he had to wait until a fortnight ago to be awarded his county cap. Evidently it fits very well.

Salisbury, meanwhile, may never be picked for England as a batsman, but as rabbits are being hunted to the point of extinc-tion at Test level, his improved showings with the bat will not go unnoticed. He was out for 83, skying an attempted straight drive off Robert Croft to mid-on. He had added 172 for the seventh wicket with Greenfield, who finished unbeaten on 154 as Sussex set Glamorgan 274 to avoid an innings defeat. By the close, they were 152 short of that target for the loss of three wickets, with much depending on Maynard and Tony Cottey.