County Championship: Ben Duckett puts Northamptonshire in control over Sussex

Ben Duckett
Ben Duckett hit 28 fours and one six on day one at Wantage Road
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Wantage Road
Northamptonshire 296-2: Duckett 178 not out
Sussex: Yet to bat
Northamptonshire 2 pts, Sussex 0 pts
Match scorecard

Northants opener Ben Duckett made a career-best 178 not out as Sussex toiled on their return to Division Two.

Openers Jake Libby (42) and Duckett saw Northants reach 130 without loss, and Alex Wakely (51) added a half century.

Australian Steve Magoffin (1-31) offered Sussex's best bowling threat and had Libby lbw, while spinner Danny Briggs took the wicket of Wakely.

The hosts were 296-2 when bad light stopped play, with Jack Cobb set to resume with 21-year-old Duckett.

Northants batsman Ben Duckett: "I'm pretty chuffed. The job isn't done, I've still got to try to go past 200 tomorrow (Monday).

"There were games last year when I was frustrated, getting out when set to go and make a huge score so it's a great chance to do it on day two.

"There was a bit of nip early on and Steve Magoffin bowled really well - but the plan was to play as straight as possible and stay patient and we managed to do that."

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