Horton and Brown give Lancashire edge at Sussex

LV County Championship Division One, Hove
Close of play, day one: Sussex v Lancashire 322-6
Sussex 2 pts, Lancashire 3 pts
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Half centuries from Paul Horton and Karl Brown put in-form Lancashire in control on day one of their Championship clash with Sussex at Hove.

Horton (78) put on a first-wicket stand of 129 with Stephen Moore (49), who was trapped lbw by Luke Wright.

Brown hit 88 to help the visitors to 321-4 before he was caught by Ed Joyce off Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

Naved then dismissed Gary Keedy for a duck to end with 3-74 as Lancashire closed on 322-6.

The Pakistan paceman took two of his three wickets in the penultimate over to brighten up a tough day for Sussex's bowlers which had given the visitors 36 runs through 18 no balls.

Horton and Moore justified Glen Chapple's decision to bat first by putting on Lancashire's best opening partnership since September 2008.

But the pair's stand was ended when Wright, who was making his first appearance this season after recovering from a knee injury, dismissed Moore.

Horton followed after in the 45th over by mis-timing a pull at Naved, which looped off his bat to Joyce at slip.

Brown and Chilton then put on a third-wicket stand of 82 in 22 overs before Chilton was run out for 32.

Monty Panesar then dismissed Croft (4) when he was caught by Ben Brown for his only wicket in 30 overs.

But Lancashire batsman Brown, who hit his maiden Championship century against Sussex at Aigburth earlier this month, added 55 more runs with Luke Procter before being caught at slip by Joyce.

Nightwatchman Keedy was then sent back to the pavilion just three balls later.


BBC Sport's Kevin Howells:

"Most of the credit for the first day clearly goes to Lancashire. The batsman had to work at a slow, flat pitch but so did Sussex.

"Monty Panesar got some turn, another day may have taken more than the one wicket.

"Rana Naved-ul-Hasan pounding downhill from the Cromwell Road end may have kept the score in check taking two late wickets.

"But the day belonged to the Red Rose county whose all-round unit is looking very competitive."

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