Vithushan Ehantharajah at Northants 128-2 v Sussex
Wantage Road doesn't do boring cricket. Case in point: this afternoon. Sussex haven't bowled well – at all – but openers Rob Newton and Ben Duckett picked them apart for 91 before the first wicket fell to Davif Wiese, who has been the best of a bad bunch. In the same over, Alex Wakely pushed to cover and set off for a single that Duckett hadn't noticed. Angus Robson, fielding at point, ran around to do the fielding and hurled at the stumps when he should have lobbed to the keeper. Next ball, Duckett edged through Chris Nash at second slip to take him to 59.
It's been a measure innings from Duckett. His half-century, off 70 balls, featured a few crashing drives but a lot of finesse down the ground, especially off Chris Jordan, who was removed from the Wantage Road End after Duckett took 10 off his fifth over. That good fortune soon after his third fifty of the season has been the only real chance he's offered – he also cashed in on a five via a direct hit from Jofra Archer that raced away to the boundary. The issue may be at the other end, where Alex Wakely has departed, out hooking (again) and Richard Levi is struggling to get going.