Sussex stutter against Warwickshire

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Ed Joyce

Opener Ed Joyce struck a half-century before Sussex were dismissed for a disappointing first-innings score of 251 against Warwickshire

Murray Goodwin and Ed Joyce hit half-centuries as Sussex experienced a difficult opening day in their LV= County Championship Division One clash against Warwickshire at Arundel.

Sussex reached 103 for one at lunch but the dismissal of Joyce for 73 triggered a collapse that saw them slip from 139 for three to 251 all out, with only Goodwin providing any real resistance with an unbeaten 79.

Rikki Clarke and Boyd Rankin claimed three wickets apiece before Warwickshire finished the day 58 without loss, trailing by 193, with Varun Chopra hitting eight fours in his unbeaten 40 and Ian Westwood 13 not out.

Durham extended their lead at the top of Division One to 23 points after a five-wicket victory over Lancashire at Aigburth.

Needing another 155 runs to win with seven wickets in hand, Will Smith and Paul Collingwood added 55 before the latter was caught spectacularly by Steven Croft at third slip for 45.

When Will Smith departed lbw to Gary Keedy for 30 with the score on 101 for five, Lancashire had a sniff of victory.

However, in-form Dale Benkenstein, who became the second player to reach 1,000 first-class runs this season, hit an unbeaten 60 and Ian Blackwell struck 26 not out as Durham knocked off the remaining 80 runs.

In Division Two, Glamorgan have a lead of 96 with three wickets remaining against Derbyshire heading into the final day at the SWALEC Stadium.

Starting the day on 174 for eight in their first innings, Glamorgan were shot out for 213 before slipping to 83 for five following-on in their second after Tony Palladino had removed Will Bragg, Alviro Petersen and Ben Wright in quick succession.

Mike Powell and Mark Wallace held the innings together with a partnership of 136 for the sixth wicket before the former was bowled by Wes Durston for 87.

Young left-arm spinner Tom Knight claimed two quick wickets but Wallace is still there on 66 with former Derbyshire all-rounder Graham Wagg, who is nine not out, as they look to extend their lead on the last day.

Chris Rogers hit an unbeaten century but Middlesex still trail Gloucestershire by 176 runs at Uxbridge.

Gloucestershire declared on 459 for nine after Ian Cockbain departed for 127 and soon made early in-roads into the Middlesex top-order when Jon Lewis removed England Test captain Andrew Strauss for two.

Neil Dexter made a valuable 41 but Middlesex lost wickets at regular intervals as they reached stumps 283 for seven with Will Gidman and Jack Taylor taking two wickets each.

Rogers will resume tomorrow on 125 not out alongside Tim Murtagh, who is unbeaten on seven.

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