County Championship: Luke Wright leads Sussex recovery

Luke Wright
Luke Wright has made 50 ODI appearances for England, the last in March 2014
LV= County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl (day one)
Sussex 300-6: Wright 96, Brown 85no, Berg 2-47
Hampshire: Yet to bat
Match scorecard

A timely 96 from Luke Wright put Sussex in a commanding position against Division One newcomers Hampshire.

Sussex struggled against the new ball, with Luke Wells bowled for a duck and Michael Yardy (6) caught behind to leave them struggling at 22-3.

Wright's 96, which included 13 boundaries, put Hampshire on the back foot as he and Ben Brown made 146 runs for the sixth wicket.

James Tomlinson (2-63) ended Wright's stay but Brown remains on 85 not out.

Captain Ed Joyce (42) and Craig Cachopa (41) steadied Sussex after their early losses, but neither was able to reach a half-century.

It was Wright's 100th first-class appearance and he was made to work hard by Hampshire's bowlers, with former Middlesex bowler Gareth Berg (2-47) impressing on debut.

Hampshire seam bowler Gareth Berg:

"I couldn't ask for a better start. I've battled with Nashy [Chris Nash] a couple of times over the years and it was nice to get him again.

"I think it was a fair day, a couple of decisions could have gone our way but the bowlers toiled pretty well out there for the first day of the season. We aren't too disappointed."

Sussex batsman Luke Wright:

"If I had been offered 96 before I went out to bat I would have snapped your hand off for it, but it is disappointing to get so close.

"I was trying to take it to the bowlers and I nicked one but that's part of the game.

"I didn't want to just hang around there, it was nipping around and they were bowling well so I wanted to put it back on them.

"It was difficult against the new ball, I feel bad for the lads, but I got away quickly and was able to settle."

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