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Derbyshire in trouble despite Madsen fifty

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Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen struck a defiant half-century but late wickets put Sussex in charge of their LV= County Championship Division One match at Derby.

Madsen fell for 63 just before stumps as the hosts stuttered to 158 for six at the end of a day when 40 overs were lost to the weather.

After so much precipitation overnight and during the morning, it was no surprise when Sussex captain Ed Joyce put Derbyshire in on a green pitch after Madsen lost the toss for the sixth time this season.

There was bad news for Derbyshire before a ball was bowled with key batsman Wes Durston ruled out due to a back injury, while Magoffin returned for Sussex after missing the previous game with a sore knee.

After such a lengthy delay, there was another hold-up when Chesney Hughes hooked James Anyon over square-leg and into a communal garden, forcing the umpires to replace the ball in the third over.

Billy Godleman hit Anyon straight and through the covers for fours and both openers also left the ball well until Hughes tried to drive Magoffin and edged high to third slip, where Joyce took a sharp catch above his head.

Madsen joined Godleman and they took the total to 71 before the latter lost patience and chased a wide ball from Chris Jordan; Luke Wells at second slip again made no mistake.

With Durston missing, even more rested on Shivnarine Chanderpaul, making his 300th first-class appearance. He joined Madsen to take Derbyshire to 94 for two at tea, but it was hard work against an attack which had found a more consistent line.

After a brief stoppage for rain, Anyon had a loud appeal for a catch behind against Chanderpaul turned down and the West Indies Test star also played and missed several times at Magoffin.

But the Australian got the wicket Sussex craved most when Chanderpaul drove tamely to substitute fielder Andy Miller at short extra-cover.

Dan Redfern took a painful blow in the box from Anyon and, two balls later, was lbw playing across the line to leave Derbyshire in trouble on 128 for four.

It was important for Derbyshire that Madsen remained; however, he got a vicious lifter from Jordan and was caught behind after 196 minutes at the crease. Monty Panesar then trapped nightwatchman Alasdair Evans lbw with what was the last ball of a day that had swung Sussex's way.

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