Vithushan Ehantharajah at Sussex 211-9 v Kent 304
Much like the Kent innings yesterday, Sussex have wangled some valuable lower order runs. Luke Wright went for an enterprising 29 but wicketkeeper Ben Brown has just completed his fifty from 66 balls (eight very nice fours in that). Unfortunately, he's lost Rawlins and Wiese, who looked like offering him some steady support. Vernon Philander – who has five Test fifties and two first class hundreds – has just hit two cracking fours (one through square leg, the other through extra cover – may just be the man to... he's out. Caught at cover by Sam Northeast. It's a fourth wicket for Mitchell Claydon, who has bowled intelligently throughout the day.
The pitch is starting to throw up a few surprises. Even before a ball had been bowled, there were cracks throughout giving it a bit of a mosaic look. It is still playing well – batsmen have been able to score quickly and bowlers have been rewarded for persistence – but, just now, Jofra Archer failed to pick up a short ball from Claydon and wore one on the helmet. He shook it off – Claydon and the Kent fielders, along with the umpires, asked if he was OK – and looked to have been caught down the leg side two balls later. However, the umpires were unmoved. Claydon was livid. Even more so when Archer flicked a four around the corner and then edged one high over third slip. He's also just nicked Stevens through third slip the next over. Now he's clouted one, flat-batted, over Stevens' head to end the over.