COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO
Matthew Parkinson bagged a six-wicket haul © Getty
A stunning collapse – ten wickets for 50 runs in 27 overs – saw Sussex crumble from a seemingly strong 77 for no loss with openers Varun Chopra (32) and Philip Salt (40) looking solid, to fold out for a paltry 127. Leggie Matthew Parkinson was the wrecker-in-chief with a six-fer, having Glenn Maxwell for good company, who chipped in with a useful four-fer of his own. The Red Roses then took a further stranglehold on this game with the openers Keaton Jennings (53*) and Alex Davies (72) wiping out Sussex’s entire score all by themselves.
Brief scores:Sussex 127 (Philip Salt 40, Varun Chopra 42; Matthew Parkinson 6-23) trail Lancashire 149/1 (Alex Davies 72; Delray Rawlins 1-26) by 22 runs.
Dawid Malan threw his name into the Ashes reckoning with yet another century – his fourth in nine matches – as he almost single-handedly lifted the visitors to a position of strength. With his partners falling around him, it was only the tail that he found decent support from. While Toby Roland-Jones, the number eight, was measured in his fifty, Nathan Sowter, the number ten, threw his bat around for his. The young right-arm quick, Lukas Carey was particularly impressive for Glamorgan with his four-fer.
It was further trouble for the hosts as in their quest to see off nine nervy overs late in the evening, seamer Tolm Helm blasted through their top-order, cleaning up their top four for single-digit scores.
Brief scores:Middlesex 384(Dawid Malan 166, Nathan Sowter 57; Lukas Carey 4-54) lead Glamorgan 25/4 (Nicholas Selman 7; Tom Helm 4-8)by 359 runs.
On a gloomy, rain-truncated day in Chester-le-Street, Worcestershire made the most of skipper Joe Leach’s advantage at the toss as they reduced Durham to 122 for 6 in the 40 overs that were bowled on Day 1.
The Durham procession began as early as the sixth over when Dillon Pennington trapped Cameron Bancroft leg before. In the 11th, Leach struck twice in as many balls to reduce the hosts to 26 for 3, before Charlie Morris’s double strike left Durham reeling on 47 for 6 in 17.5 overs when teams were forced to go in for the Lunch break because of showers.
The post-Lunch session had just 13.5 overs, during which Ned Eckersley and Ben Raine put a lid on the swift fall of wickets and added 40 runs. They managed 35 more in the 8.2 overs in the final session, taking the hosts to 122 for 6 at Stumps.
Brief scores: Durham 122 for 6 (Ned Eckersley 39*, Ben Raine 25*; Charlie Morris 2-18, Joe Leach 2-38) vs Worcestershire.