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REPORT: Late wickets give Sussex edge on day one


Sussex battled hard on day one of their Specsavers County Championship match with Derbyshire at Hove and were rewarded with six wickets in the evening session to leave the visitors on 338-9 at the close.

After reaching the tea interval on 227-3, Derbyshire were well set to post a big total, but a fine spell from David Wiese who finished the day with figures of 4-63 brought Sussex right back into the game.

Having been put into bat, the visitors to The 1st Central County Ground had made steady progress throughout the first two sessions.

The Derbyshire openers put on 101 for the first wicket, before George Garton, playing his first Championship match of the season, had Luis Reece leg before with a fast and full inswinger for 51.

Garton picked up his second wicket of the morning twelve of his deliveries later, when Ben Slater top edged a short-ball to third-man, where Jofra Archer took a well-judged catch.

Resuming on 127-2, Derbyshire were made to work hard for their runs in the period immediately after lunch as Stuart Whittingham and Ollie Robinson – who bowled well throughout the day without reward – restricted Billy Godleman and Wayne Madsen to just 17 runs from the 10 overs following the interval.

David Wiese capitalised on this pressure three overs later when he had Madsen LBW for 25 to leave Derbyshire on 145-3 and in danger of squandering their good start.

Godleman and Alex Hughes steadied the ship for their side, however, and were still together when tea arrived.

George Garton started the Derbyshire collapse in the seventh over after the break when he had Godleman caught behind for 51. Playing in his fifth Championship match, this was the second time Garton has taken three wickets in an innings for Sussex. 

Sussex then took a further five wickets for eighty-five runs as Wiese and Stiaan van Zyl combined to wrest the initiative back from their opponents. 

Two of Wiese’s three wickets in the evening session were return catches, the second an athletic diving effort to dismiss Will Davis. In between, he had Harry Podmore caught behind by Ben Brown. 

Luke Wells took a fantastic catch at fly slip to end Hughes innings and give van Zyl his first wicket. Then, having been given a rare opportunity to bowl with the new ball, the South African medium-pacer trapped Hardus Viljoen in-front to reward his captain’s faith.

Speaking at the end of play, Sussex captain, Ben Brown said: “It was a see-saw day. We were a long way short in the first hour with how we wanted to bowl so to end up getting them nine down means we probably just shaded the day on a pretty flat wicket.

“The wicket normally does a lot more at Hove on the first day and then flattens out and we were expecting this one to do quite a bit. If we'd have bowled better we would have probably bowled them out for under 300 which would have been a good effort on a flat pitch."

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