Sussex take the upper hand

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Sussex took control on the second day of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Durham at Arundel.

Having resumed on 92 for four following a rain-affected opening day, Durham were indebted to Scott Borthwick's 50 as they eventually stumbled to 231 all out.

Hopes of a fightback were then raised, however, as Callum Thorp claimed wickets after Chris Rushworth had struck to leave Sussex 59 for three.

But Mike Yardy, unbeaten on 29, then batted through to the close alongside Murray Goodwin to leave the hosts 100 for three at the close.

The unlikely ninth-wicket stand of 55 between Borthwick and Mitchell Claydon representing a surprising shift in an encounter dominated by Sussex from the outset.

Ben Brown & Scott Borthwick

All-rounder Scott Borthwick hits out en route to 50 that lifted winless Durham to a first-innings 231 against Sussex at Arundel

The former, named in England's provisional squad for the World Twenty20 yesterday, hit his first championship half-century of the season off 68 balls and timed his strokes well on a two-paced surface.

Chris Nash, bowling his occasional off-breaks, made the breakthrough as Borthwick was trapped leg before playing back, with Claydon following three balls later for 15.

A combination of accurate Sussex bowling and a sluggish pitch meant Durham's run rate never climbed above three an over; Steve Magoffin was the outstanding bowler on show with 3-28 from 22 overs, including nine maidens.

The Australian struck in the fifth over of the day when Durham captain Paul Collingwood was caught behind nibbling at a ball that left him.

Phil Mustard joined Dale Benkenstein in a stand of 60, which was broken by Monty Panesar just before lunch when Mustard clipped into the hands of short-leg

Shortly after the resumption, Benkenstein's 200-minute vigil ended on 43 when he mis-timed a pull at Magoffin and was caught at midwicket.

That left Durham 170 for seven and they added just five runs before Luke Wright returned to the attack and immediately had Thorp taken at extra cover off a mis-timed drive.

However, Sussex's hopes of wrapping up the innings quickly were frustrated, in particular by Borthwick.

Chris Rushworth, making only his third championship appearance of the season, began with four maidens and also picked up the wicket of Nash, who was trapped in front by one that nipped back.

Thorp then struck twice after tea, defeating Joe Gatting's push before producing a beauty that left Luke Wells, on 41, off the pitch and clipped his off stump.

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