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STUMPS: Sussex hit back despite Bears aiming to Trott on


Sussex fought back to claim two late wickets on a slow day of run-scoring against reigning champions Warwickshire at The County Ground, Hove today.

The first day of Championship cricket at Hove in any season is always a good occasion and with the sun shining it made for an excellent day to watch these two sides going head to head. Sussex were forced into a change with Steve Magoffin missing out through injury to be replaced by Andrew Miller, with the seamer to make his debut for Sussex against his former County.

The visitors also made changes. They were blessed with the returning England duo of Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott but the former has been handed the captaincy duties for this match as Jim Troughton was unavailable due to a sore shoulder. Rikki Clarke’s hamstring also ruled him out so William Porterfield returned from Second Eleven duty and Tom Milnes also started the match.

Bell’s first contribution was to win the toss and bat and his openers, the highly rated Varun Chopra and Porterfield but on 67 until the latter was poached by another former Warwickshire recruit Jimmy Anyon, who got a ball to shape away from the Irish international and Chris Jordan did the rest at first slip.

That brought Trott to the crease and he found a willing partner to bat with him in his own style as he and Chopra put on 74 before the former Essex man, who plays for England Lions next week, fell to the off-spin of Chris Nash for 87, known for his partnership-breaking ability. Chopra got a small bottom edge to Matt Prior who regained the wicketkeeping duties from Ben Brown.

Bell, batting at four, then joined Trott at the crease and as so many times they have done for both club and country, the pair got their heads down and nullified the home attack. Even the spin of fellow England man Monty Panesar couldn’t prise them into a false shot.

But it was late on in the day that Sussex hit back. Jordan, who has made a blistering start to his Sussex career with the ball, grabbed Bell caught behind by Prior for 56 and he doubled his wicket tally by also removing nightwatchman Chris Wright for 3 to give Sussex the impetus going into the second day.

Trott remains unbeaten on 87 but Sussex will fancy their chances of making inroads into the Bears’ middle-order when play resumes at 11.00am tomorrow morning.

Warwickshire 276 for 4 vs. Sussex

Above: Jimmy Anyon, a former Warwickshire player himself, celebrates the opening wicket of Will Porterfield at Hove today (Getty)

Don’t forget the Greene King Beer Festival is running at the Cromwell Road End of the ground so why not pop down to Hove this week and enjoy the sun? More information HERE

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