Warwickshire bowl out Sussex on day one

LV County Championship Division One, Arundel
Close, day one: Sussex 251, Warwickshire 58-0
Warwicks 3pts, Sussex 2pts
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LV County Championship

Warwickshire responded well to losing the toss by bowling Sussex out for 251 on the opening day of the Division One match at Arundel.

Boyd Rankin (3-76) and Rikki Clarke (3-52) did the bulk of the damage as the Bears made regular inroads.

Only captain Ed Joyce (73) and Murray Goodwin (79 not out) offered any prolonged resistance for the home side.

Warwickshire made a positive start to their reply and reached the close on 58-0, with Varun Chopra unbeaten on 40.

It meant the Bears took the first day honours, and it might have been even better for them had it not been for a half-century last-wicket stand between Goodwin and Amjad Khan.

Warwickshire had to wait for their breakthrough, but it eventually came when Chris Nash left a ball from Clarke and saw his off-stump knocked back after putting on 50 for the first wicket with Joyce.

Luke Wells was caught at slip driving loosely at Darren Maddy before the Bears eastablished a grip on the game by taking six wickets for 98 during the afternoon.

Joyce was one of the victims, but not before he had celebrated taking over the four-day captaincy off Goodwin in the absence of Mike Yardy by completing his sixth half-century of the season.

Luke Wright, Andy Hodd, Ollie Rayner and Monty Panesar also fell to leave Sussex 198-8 at tea, but after Rankin removed James Anyon for a duck immediately after the interval, Goodwin and Khan ensured Sussex would grab an unlikely second batting bonus point.