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Yorkshire let big chance slip through their fingers
Ryan Sidebottom claimed three important wickets as Yorkshire’s bowlers limited Sussex to 276-9 on the first day of their LV= Division One game at Hove.
Visiting supporters may be happy with their team’s effort on what is a good batting pitch but it could have been so much better for Andrew Gale’s men if Adam Lyth had accepted a regulation slip catch off Sussex top scorer Ben Brown when the wicketkeeper-batsman was only 14.
That would have left the home side on 164-8 but Brown made good use of his let-off and was 78 not out when bad light trimmed 20 overs off the day’s play.
Yorkshire’s bowlers took their time to find the right length and line to bowl in the first session but Gale’s players ended the morning well on top with the home side on 117-5 after 28 overs.
Battling against a slope and a brisk wind, the Tykes’ seamers allowed Sussex to reach 58-1 after the 14.3 overs, the one wicket to fall being claimed by Jack Brooks, who had Luke Wells caught by Lyth at second slip for ten.
Then Liam Plunkett produced a superb delivery with lift and movement to have Chris Nash taken at the wicket by Jonny Bairstow for 35 and the same bowler induced Michael Yardy to chop the ball on to his stumps when he had made 29.
Four balls later Ed Joyce was bowled behind his legs by Sidebottom for three and the session ended with Yorkshire well in charge, especially after Kane Williamson had bowled Rory Hamilton-Brown for 20.
Sussex’s batsmen made Yorkshire’s bowlers work much harder for their successes in the afternoon and by the tea interval Ben Brown and Steve Magoffin had taken the score to 237-7 with an unbroken stand of 73 for the eighth wicket.
Steve Patterson defeated Matt Prior’s seemingly textbook forward defensive shot when he had made 23 and debutant Ashar Zaidi was lbw to Sidebottom for 17, but No 9 batsman Magoffin batted with admirable good sense and was unbeaten on 25 at the break.
By that stage, Brown had advanced to 61 not out and Sussex’s total was beginning to look much more respectable.
Sidebottom dismissed the obdurate Magoffin two overs after the resumption and Williamson then bowled James Anyon with a full length delivery.
Both Plunkett and William-son finished the day with figures of 2-44.
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