Mitch Claydon took four wickets as Kent gained a slender lead after Sussex’s tail wagged on day two of the Specsavers County Championship match at Hove.
Wickets fell in pairs with Wayne Parnell demolishing Harry Finch’s stumps and finding the outside edge of nightwatchman Ajmal Shahzad to reduce the hosts to 25 for three.
Claydon opened his account by removing Stiaan van Zyl and Laurie Evans caught at slip by Will Gidman and behind by wicketkeeper Adam Rouse respectively.
After lunch, Coles picked up a second wicket and the scalp of Luke Wright (caught behind) before Parnell broke the resistance of debutant Delroy Rawlins.
David Wiese and Ben Brown added 53 for the seventh wicket before Claydon picked up the wickets of Wiese (caught at square leg by sub fielder Charlie Hartley) and Philander (caught Northeast) with the score on 192 before a mammoth last stand.
Jofra Archer struck ten boundaries in a brisk unbeaten 60 and Brown struck twelve fours to reach 90 before Matt Coles trapped him LBW.
In reply, Daniel Bell-Drummond struck a brisk 35 before he and Joe Denly (3) were dismissed in quick succession.
The opener was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Shahzad before Denly's off stump was dislodged by the same Sussex bowler.
Kent reached 82 for two at the close, a lead of 95 with Sean Dickson unbeaten on 34 and nightwatchman James Tredwell on one not out.