No stopping Magoffin

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Sussex's Steve Magoffin took 8-20, the best bowling performance of his career, as Somerset were routed for just 76 on the opening day of the LV= County Championship Division One game at Horsham.

The 33-year-old Australian took five wickets in 13 balls at one stage as Somerset, who won the toss, were bowled out in 23.4 overs.

By the close of an extraordinary first day in which 19 wickets fell, Magoffin was unbeaten on 21 as Sussex closed on 298 for nine for a lead of 222.

Magoffin bowled 11 overs unchanged to produce the best performance by a Sussex bowler since Mushtaq Ahmed's 9-48 when the county clinched the championship title against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 2006.

He started by bowling Arul Suppiah through the gate, then a touch of inswing proved too much for Alviro Petersen, but the real damage was done after James Hildreth was caught low down at slip in the 12th over.

Steve Magoffin

Steve Magoffin celebrates one of his eight scalps on a stunning morning at Horsham. Sussex dismissed Somerset for 76 before reaching 298 for nine

From 42 for three Somerset subsided to 43 for seven, with Magoffin taking three wickets in four balls in the 14th over.

Marcus Trescothick was caught behind for 20 playing away from his body before Peter Trego and Alfonso Thomas fell to successive deliveries.

Somerset's last three wickets put on 33 to avoid total ignominy but there was no stopping Magoffin.

After Jack Leach was caught behind, the Queenslander bowled top-scorer Jos Buttler for 22 to pick up his eighth wicket and record the best figures at Horsham since Northamptonshire's Vince Broderick returned 9-35 in 1948.

Chris Jordan took the other two wickets and Sussex openers Chris Nash and Luke Wells were soon putting conditions into perspective with a stand of 83.

Thomas dragged Somerset back into contention when Nash, captaining Sussex on his home ground in the absence of Ed Joyce, played on before Joe Gatting edged his second ball to second slip.

A typically fiery burst from Steve Kirby was rewarded with the wicket of Wells while Michael Yardy, who hit three successive balls from Kirby to the boundary, squandered a good start when he was bowled by Peter Trego at the start of a new spell.

Sussex regained control in a fifth-wicket stand of 85 between Rory Hamilton-Brown and Matt Machan before the latter was run out by Leach's direct hit from midwicket.

Somerset fought back after tea by taking five wickets, including Hamilton-Brown - whose 77 included 11 fours and two sixes and was his highest score since returning to the county before he became one of four victims for Thomas.

Despite the clatter of wickets, ECB pitch inspector David Capel said he was perfectly happy with the surface.

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