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Report: Day 1 of Sussex vs Yorkshire

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— 22 April 2021

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Yorkshire lost all 10 wickets for just 90 runs either side of lunch during a damaging opening day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Sussex at Hove.

The White Rose county were bowled out for 150 inside 51 overs having been 60-0 in the 17th following Steve Patterson’s decision to bat first, with Adam Lyth’s 42 representing the only innings above 20.

Sussex then closed day one at the 1st Central County Ground on 118-3 from 43 overs, including opener Tom Haines’ unbeaten 71.

By no means should Yorkshire have been bowled out for 150 on a pitch offering good pace and carry, despite the odd sign of uneven bounce.

There were a number of injudicious shots against an attack boosted by three key wickets for left-arm quick George Garton to change the course of the contest.

A fast bowler aged 24, Garton has England Lions experience, and he removed Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Joe Root in the space of four overs from the Cromwell Road End of the ground.

Seven wickets fell to left-arm bowlers, either pace or spin. Garton finished with 3-25 from 11 overs, while new ball seamer Sean Hunt claimed two and Delray Rawlins two with his left-arm spin.

Ollie Robinson, the right-arm new ball seamer who left Yorkshire under a disciplinary cloud in 2014, chipped in with the last two wickets of the innings.

Lyth and Kohler-Cadmore (17) played nicely to get Yorkshire into an early position of strength.

But things changed quickly as Garton had Lyth chipping to mid-wicket in the 17th over before he comprehensively bowled Kohler-Cadmore and had Root lbw for five as the Test captain shuffled across his stumps and attempted to play a full in-swinger to leg.

That left Yorkshire at 75-3 in the 23rd over.

There was further damage done in the two overs before lunch as Hunt had Gary Ballance caught at second slip by Garton for 18 – Yorkshire’s second highest score. Rawlins then bowled Harry Brook, playing back to a turning delivery, as the score fell to 102-5 in the 30th.

Under the watchful eye of England coach Chris Silverwood and their head scout James Taylor, the afternoon proved even more challenging for Yorkshire.

Dom Bess was the first afternoon wicket to fall, caught behind cutting at Rawlins – 126-6 in the 38th over. Jonny Tattersall followed without further addition in the next over, also caught behind, driving at Hunt.

Seven overs later, Jordan Thompson was lbw to Irish off-spinner Jack Carson – 140-8. That was the first wicket of the match to fall to a right-armer.

Patterson and David Willey then both departed to Robinson in the 51st over as the innings was wrapped up – the former caught behind cutting and the latter caught and bowled off a leading edge.

As play was taking place during the first two sessions, England fast bowler Jofra Archer was also training in the nets and on the side of the outfield as he recovers from recent elbow and finger injuries.

Either side of tea, Sussex’s response with the bat was a solid one, although the White Rose were boosted by a couple of late Duanne Olivier wickets.

Sussex also lost their first wicket on 60 in the 17th over when Thompson had Aaron Thomason caught at third slip by Brook for 20.

But left-handed opener Haines reached 50 off 56 balls.

In the closing stages of the day, Olivier had fellow South African Stiaan van Zyl caught at first slip by Kohler-Cadmore in the 37th over and nightwatchman Henry Crocombe caught behind in the 39th. Both wickets fell on 104.

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