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Sussex 105-6 v Kent
Kent’s seamers dominated an understrength Sussex, reducing their hosts to 105 for 6 on the first day of the Specsavers County Championship contest at Hove.
Sussex, missing nine players including skipper Luke Wright, were 70 for 6 at one stage before Wright’s stand-in Ben Brown (26 not out) and Ollie Robinson, with 31 off 19 balls, put on 35 in 22 balls in an entertaining counter-attack.
But the damage had already been done. Kent bowled first after an uncontested toss on a well-grassed pitch offering plenty of early seam movement and Sussex were soon 9 for 3 with Darren Stevens, who bowled 11 overs with the new ball, picking up 17-year-old debutant opener Tom Haines for a duck in his second over and Luke Wells (1) in his third before Fynn Hudson-Prentice (5) was leg before to Matt Coles’ nip-backer.
Chris Nash and Craig Cachopa effected a recovery of sorts, taking the score to 41 when Nash (16) was needlessly run out coming back for a third run. Sean Dickson ran 60 yards from short leg and his throw beat Nash’s despairing dive.
Hardus Viljoen had Cachopa (19) taken low down in the gully and then removed fellow South African David Wiese (4), who followed a ball which seamed back and was caught behind.
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Northants 140-1 v Glamorgan
Ben Duckett went past fifty for the sixth time this year in the Supersavers County Championship as Northamptonshire enjoyed an excellent first morning against Glamorgan. Opening partner Rob Newton made his own half-century as the home side took lunch 140 for 1 at Wantage Road.
Duckett, for all his wonderful white ball form this season, has struggled to build on his impressive innings against Sussex and Essex in the Championship in the first two months of the season, so this was a welcome return to form, going to a half-century in 65 balls.
Among his eight fours featured the odd moment of fortune - an early drive wide of the slip cordon and a top-edged cut over second slip - and his six was a miscued pull that flew over long leg. But trying to sweep the final ball of the session, bowled by debutant Kiran Carlson, lost his leg stump for 80.
Newton was unbeaten on 55 by the break having been a little more circumspect than his partner. He twice edged through the slips and survived an lbw shout by Owen Morgan but pulled Tim van der Gugten wide of mid-on for his eighth four and fifty in 81 balls..
Glamorgan, having lost the toss, found little encouragement from another sedate Wantage Road wicket. Until the final ball of the morning, a solitary delivery from Michael Hogan that climbed to beat the bat of Newton was their one moment of excitement.