Durham v Sussex: Visitors on top after 16 wickets fall on day one

Ben Brown
County Championship Division One, Chester-le-Street (day one, close):
Sussex 211 v Durham 131-6
Durham 3pts, Sussex 3pts
Match scorecard

Sussex ended on top against Durham after 16 wickets fell on the opening day at Chester-le-Street.

Ben Brown (76) and Kirk Wernars (50) both made half-centuries as Sussex were bowled out for 211, with Callum Thorp the pick of the home bowlers with 3-57.

Durham's Mark Stoneman scored 52 but his side slumped to 131-6 in reply as Steve Magoffin took three wickets.

Sussex, who could finish second in Division One with a victory, hold an 80-run advantage going into day two.

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BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"Durham failed to take advantage of the fact they had bowled out Sussex for 211 and found themselves struggling on 131-6 at the close, still 80 behind.

"It was another first day in this weird season in which 16 wickets fell.

"That has become the norm this summer, but Sussex will feel they had the better of the spoils, with 76 from Ben Brown and 50 from Kirk Wernars digging them out of a hole when they had been on 67-5.

"Well done as well to Durham's Mark Stoneman, who got his second half-century of the season against Sussex - albeit with the help of a runner on this occasion, but he says his hamstring should be ok tomorrow."

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