Yorkshire on top after day one of crucial County Championship clash against Sussex (From Gazette & Herald)
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Yorkshire on top after day one of crucial County Championship clash against Sussex
Ryan Sidebottom claimed three important wickets as Yorkshire’s bowlers limited Sussex to 276-9 on the first day of their LV= County Championship division one game at Hove.
Knowing that their side needs to win this match to have any chance of overtaking Durham at the top of the table, visiting supporters may be happy with their team’s effort, but it could have been so much better for Andrew Gale’s men if Adam Lyth had accepted a regulation slip catch off Sussex top scorer Ben Brown when the wicketkeeper-batsman was only 14.
That would have left the home side on 164-8 but Brown made good use of his let-off and was 78 not out when bad light trimmed 20 overs off the day’s play. Yorkshire’s bowlers took their time to find the right length and line to bowl in the first session Gale’s players ended the session well on top with the home side on 117-5 after 28 overs.
Battling against the slope at the County Ground and having to deal with a brisk but erratic wind, the Tykes’ seamers allowed Sussex to reach 58-1 after the 14.3 overs, the one wicket to fall being claimed by the impressive Jack Brooks, who had Luke Wells caught by Lyth at second slip for ten.
Then Liam Plunkett produced a superb delivery with lift and movement to have Chris Nash taken at the wicket by York’s Jonny Bairstow for 35 and the same bowler induced Michael Yardy to chop the ball on to his stumps when the former Sussex captain had made 29.
Four balls later Ed Joyce was bowled behind his legs by Sidebottom for three and the session ended with Yorkshire well in charge, especially after Kane Williamson had bowled Rory Hamilton-Brown for 20 in the same over as the former Surrey captain had hit the New Zealander for two sixes. Sussex’s batsmen made Yorkshire’s bowlers work much harder for their successes in the second session and, by the tea interval, Ben Brown and Steve Magoffin had taken the score to 237-7 with an unbroken stand of 73 for the eighth wicket.
The afternoon’s play had begun well for Yorkshire when Steve Patterson defeated Matt Prior’s seemingly textbook forward defensive shot and uprooted the England wicketkeeper’s off stump when he had made 23. Ashar Zaidi then made an attractive 17 but was lbw to Sidebottom to leave Sussex poorly placed on 164-7.
However, number nine batsman Magoffin batted with admirable good sense and was unbeaten on 25 at the tea interval.
By that stage, Brown, who had made 93 against Yorkshire in the first match of the season, had advanced to 61 not out and Sussex’s total was beginning to look much more respectable.
Sidebottom dismissed the obdurate Magoffin two overs after the resumption, the Australian-born seamer edging a wideish ball to Bairstow and departing for 25.
Williamson then bowled James Anyon with a full length delivery but soon after that success the umpires decided that conditions were too gloomy.
Plunkett and Williamson finished the day with figures of 2-44.
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