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Ben Brown struck 58, the highest score of Sussex's innings, before their bowlers went to work on Bangladesh

Five days before the start of the NatWest Series against England, Bangladesh produced a woeful batting performance as they were hammered by Sussex by 149 runs in their warm-up game at Hove.

The Tigers face England in a three-match series starting at Trent Bridge on Thursday but on this evidence they will not provide much opposition after being dismissed for 104 in 28.4 overs by an under-strength Sussex attack.

Only Raqibul Hasan, who made 23 before being run out by Joe Gatting's throw from the cover boundary, got past 20 as a succession of Bangladesh batsmen got out to ill-judged strokes on a slow, dry pitch.

Monty Panesar, playing his first first-team game for a month, finished off the tourists by bowling Abdur Razzak and trapped Rubel Hossain leg-before on the back foot to his next delivery, but Bangladesh's hopes of reaching a target of 254 had long since evaporated.

Panesar finished with 3-21 from 7.4 overs while off-spinner Ollie Rayner picked up 1-11 but the damage to Bangladesh's top-order was made by two players making their List A debuts.

Geneva-born seamer James Thorpe, 19, enjoyed a memorable first scalp when Tamim Iqbal, who took England's attack apart with successive hundreds in the recent Test series, was caught behind aiming to clear the long on boundary.

Then 6ft 10in seamer Will Adkin, 20, had Jahurul Islam caught behind off an under-edge with his first ball.

James Anyon had Mushfiqur Rahim caught at third man in the 11th over and two balls later defeated Faisal Hossain with late in-swing and there was no way back from 49 for five for Bangladesh.

Their bowlers had performed with more credit earlier in the day as Sussex were bowled out in 47.5 overs for 253.

New skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was pick of the seamers with 2-32 and three of his team-mates also picked up two wickets.

Sussex also lost wickets regularly but Michael Thornely, leading the county for the first time, added 83 in 12.3 overs for the third wicket with Ben Brown to give their innings momentum after Matt Machan and Gatting had both fallen in the first 10 overs.

Thornely made 56 from 73 balls before he feathered a catch behind trying to pull a quicker ball from Rubel Hossain and Brown's industrious innings of 58 ended when he missed a sweep at Faisal Hossain.

Ragheb Aga, Rayner and Adkin all contributed useful runs down the order to set up a crushing win for Sussex.

Bangladesh play their final warm-up game against Middlesex at Lord's on Monday and on this evidence coach Jamie Siddons and his players have work to do before they can take on England with any confidence.

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