Sussex's Monty Panesar and Amjad Khan peg back Durham

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Close, day one: Durham 292 v Sussex 30-1
Sussex 3pts, Durham 2pts
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Monty Panesar and Amjad Khan led the Sussex fightback against Durham on day one at the Riverside.

A second-wicket stand of 129 between Gordon Muchall (74) and Will Smith (59) looked to have the home side well set.

But Panesar (4-88) and Amjad (3-74) ran through the middle order as Durham lost their last seven wickets for 77 runs to be bowled out for 292.

Sussex lost opener Ed Joyce to Mitch Claydon for two before closing on 30-1, 262 behind.

The Durham slide began when Muchall miscued a pull to mid-on off James Anyon, who had earlier trapped Michael di Venuto (30) lbw with his first delivery.

Former captain Smith had provided the anchor for his stand with Muchall, but when he edged Rana Naved-ul-Hasan to first slip, Panesar and Amjad got to work.

Left-arm spinner Panesar, who had been introduced to the attack as early as the 17th over of the day, bowled Ben Stokes and had Dale Benkenstein caught at short leg.

Scott Borthwick (35) plundered six fours to briefly force the England man out of the attack, but he edged behind to become Amjad's third victim after Michael Richardson edged to second slip and Ian Blackwell played on.

Panesar then returned to mop up the tail, with Callum Thorp and Ruel Braithwaite both falling lbw.

Mitch Claydon, in the side after Graham Onions was rested following a five-wicket haul in the win over Yorkshire, had Joyce brilliantly caught by Muchall at first slip, but Sussex reached the close without further alarm.


BBC Sussex's Steve Shepherd: "Sussex began the day expecting it to be a long haul in the field and would perhaps be surprised at the swift end of business, with Monty Panesar being the pick of the bowlers.

"James Anyon will also be pleased with his two-wicket haul, with the only real blot on the Sussex bowling were the somewhat wayward attempted bouncers from Amjad Khan.

"Panesar though shone like a beacon and his style and determination will surely hear the cries of a possible England selection be echoed from the Sussex faithful."

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Of the two dressing rooms, I think it is fair to say the Sussex one would have been happier at the close of play.

"At lunch it would have been a different story though as their sloppy bowling and some great batting gave Durham the perfect start.

"The dismissals of Gordon Muchall and Will Smith early in the afternoon session completely changed the look of the game.

"It was Panesar who was key to turning things around for the visitors. There is still a long way to go in this one though."