CricInfo Championship: Sussex v Hampshire at Hove, 6-9 Jul 2001
Bruce Talbot

Sussex 1st innings: Stumps - Day 1,
Hampshire 1st innings: Lunch - Day 1, Tea - Day 2,


SUSSEX IN CHARGE AS WICKETS CLATTER

Seventeen wickets fell on an extraordinary first day at Hove which ended with Sussex firmly in the driving seat against second-placed Hampshire in their Cricinfo Championship Division Two match.

Jason Lewry took 6-37, the best performance by a Sussex bowler for two years, as Hampshire were routed for just 81 after Chris Adams had won the toss and backed his attack to make the most of ideal swing bowling conditions.

Adams then hit 71 off 78 balls as Sussex closed on 220-7, a lead of 139.

Lewry had earlier made the breakthough in the first over of his second spell when he trapped Derek Kenway leg before to claim his 300th first-class wicket.

He had Giles White caught behind two overs later before Billy Taylor, a late replacement for back strain victim Mark Robinson, got in on the act by removing Robin Smith and Neil Johnson in the space of three balls to leave Hampshire 42-4.

Taylor bowled eight maidens in his ten-over spell, but this was Lewry's day and he returned after lunch to run through the lower order as Hampshire lost their last five wickets for five runs in the space of 14 balls.

Only Will Kendall, with a painstaking 22 in 29 overs, defied the bowlers before he became Lewry's fifth victim. Alan Mullally fell next ball to leave Lewry on a hat-trick when Hampshire bat again.

There was wicket each for James Kirtley and Adams, his first in the Championship for nearly a year, as Hampshire subsided to the second-lowest total of the season.

Alex Morris removed both Sussex's in-form openers with just 19 on the board before Adams launched a stylish counter-attack, reaching his fifty with a six and four off Shaun Udal in the last over before tea.

He was bowled by Mullally for 71 while Sussex's middle order batsmen weren't able to press on after getting starts.

But Michael Yardy stood firm and he will resume this morning on 34 although he did receive a stroke of luck in the final over when he was bowled by a Mascerenhas no-ball.



LEWRY PICKS UP SIX WICKETS AS HANTS ARE SKITTLED

Sussex routed second division leaders Hampshire for just 81 on the first day of the Cricinfo Championship match at Hove.

Jason Lewry exploited ideal conditions for swing bowling to take season's best figures of 6-37 with Hampshire's last five wickets falling for five runs in the space of 14 balls.

Billy Taylor, who only arrived at the ground ten minutes before the start as a replacement for back strain victim Mark Robinson, took the key wickets of Robin Smith and Neil Johnson to finish with 2-5 from ten overs, eight of them maidens while there was a wicket apiece for James Kirtley and Chris Adams.

By tea Sussex had reached 101-3 in reply, a lead of 20, with Adams leading from the front with an unbeaten 52.

He went to his half-century with a massive straight six and extra cover boundary off Shaun Udal, the fifty coming off 58 balls with eight fours.

So far he has put on exactly 50 with Michael Yardy to lead a recovery after Alex Morris had taken two wickets and Chris Tremlett the other to reduce the hosts to 51-3.



SUSSEX SEAMERS HAVE HANTS IN TROUBLE

Sussex's seamers justified skipper Chris Adams' decision to bowl first by reducing second division leaders Hampshire to 42-4 on the first day of the Cricinfo Championship match at Hove.

Jason Lewry claimed his 300th first-class wicket when he removed Derek Kenway and the left-armer then had Giles White caught behind.

Billy Taylor, who was only playing his first Championship match of the season because Mark Robinson had strained his back getting out of bed, then removed Robin Smith and Neil Johnson in the space of three deliveries.

Will Kendall and Dimitri Mascerenhas avoided further mishap as Hampshire reached 52-4 from 35 overs at lunch.

Lewry made the breakthrough with his sixth ball of a new spell from the Cromwell Road end when Kenway was trapped in front by a full-length delivery.

Hampshire were 29-2 in the 20th over when White, who scored a century when the teams met at West End last month, was caught behind pushing tentatively forward.

Taylor, a former Hampshire triallist, then made his double breakthrough in the 29th over. Smith played across a straight one to fall leg before and Johnson edged his second ball to second slip where Adams took a routine catch.

Adams operated with an all-seam attack in the muggy conditions and he was able to maintain attacking fields throughout the first session as his bowlers maintained disciplined off stump lines.

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