Tremlett leads Surrey charge
Chris Tremlett took four wickets as Surrey dominated day one of their LV= County Championship clash with Surrey, despite the best efforts of debutant Will Adkin, who hit a gutsy 45.
Put in on a green-tinged pitch offering occasional uneven bounce, Sussex slumped to 101 for seven before 20-year-old Adkin helped add 110 for the last three wickets.
Sussex were bowled out for 217 and Surrey responded positively and were 47 without loss at stumps.
Most of the damage was done by former England seamer Tremlett who celebrated his 100th first-class match by taking 4-32, the best figures of his embryonic Surrey career.
Tremlett struck with the second ball when Ed Joyce edged to slip before uprooting Michael Thornely's off-stump as he fatally shouldered arms in his next over.
He picked up his third wicket two balls later when Murray Goodwin was lbw, although it seemed the batsman had got an inside edge.
Sussex lost two more wickets in the 16th over to off-spinner Gareth Batty as Chris Nash was caught at short leg and skipper Mike Yardy drove a ball tossed up to short extra-cover.
From 47 for five there seemed no way back for Sussex but, as conditions eased, batting began to look less hazardous especially when Tremlett, who had been extracting steepling bounce on occasion, was out of the attack.
Yasir Arafat and Ben Brown added 40 before the latter appeared to lose Jade Dernbach's slower ball in the background and was leg before in the last over before lunch.
Arafat top-edged a sweep to give Batty his third wicket after lunch and Adkin needed 29 balls before he got off the mark with a back-foot force off Batty to the third man boundary.
From then on he visibly grew in confidence and found a useful ally in Ollie Rayner in an eighth-wicket stand of 59 in 20 overs.
Rayner was three runs short of a well-deserved fifty when Batty took a stunning catch on the midwicket boundary, keeping his feet just inside the rope to intercept a full-blooded slog sweep.
Adkin and Monty Panesar continued the recovery by adding 41 for the ninth wicket and earning their side an unexpected batting point.
The former, who faced 139 balls and hit seven fours, eventually gloved a lifter to slip as Tremlett took his fourth wicket.
And the innings ended in spectacular fashion with off and middle stumps out of the ground as Corey Collymore was yorked by Stuart Meaker.
That left Surrey openers Tom Lancefield and Arun Harinath 17 overs to negotiate which they did without too many problems to leave their side in control.