County Championship: Lancashire dominate Sussex at Old Trafford

Matt Parkinson celebrated his third five-wicket-plus haul in first-class cricket
Matt Parkinson celebrated his third five-wicket-plus haul in first-class cricket
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester (day one):
Sussex 127: Salt 40; Parkinson 6-23, Maxwell 4-41
Lancashire 149-1: Davies 72, Jennings 53*; Rawlins 1-17
Lancashire (3 pts) lead Sussex (0 pts) by 22 runs

Spinner Matt Parkinson took a career-best 6-23 as Lancashire skittled Sussex for 127 on day one of their Championship game at Old Trafford.

Aided by fellow spinner Glenn Maxwell (4-41), Sussex reached 77-0 before losing all 10 wickets for just 50 runs.

Lancashire opener Alex Davies was dropped on nought before going on to make 72, backed by Keaton Jennings (53) as the hosts reached 149-1 in reply.

The Red Rose lead by 22 runs with nine first-innings wickets remaining.

After winning the toss, following the opening stand between Sussex openers Philip Salt (40) and Varun Chopra (32), only England white-ball all-rounder Chris Jordan (22) reached double figures for the visitors.

Jordan then bowled just four fiery overs before being led off nursing a painful injury to his left knee.

Davies was caught behind off Delray Rawlins shortly after tea, but Jennings went on to register his first half-century since May to help boost the Division Two leaders' hopes of a fifth win of the season.

Maxwell was making only his second appearance of the season for Lancashire, just two days after being part of Australia's beaten Cricket World Cup semi-final side at Edgbaston.

Lancs leg-spinner Matt Parkinson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Getting an early wicket helps and having Glenn Maxwell at the other end is quality. He took the lads by surprise by how good a bowler he is. He's a gun off-spinner.

"The lads have played some tough cricket the last three weeks but for my first Championship appearance of the season a day like that is ideal.

"When you play two spinners there is obviously going to be a bit more pressure on but I just tried to stick to my basics and hope the wickets would come from the pressure I applied.

"I've had to bide my time and I'd sort of resigned myself to playing T20 for the next month, so it's nice to go out there and do well."

Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie:

"There was some decent bowling but it's certainly not a 120 all out wicket. No way. Lancashire have shown that.

"We were on our way at 77 for no wicket and we were half an hour from putting the onus back on Lancashire. They'd spread the field and then we lost Phil Salt and Varun Chopra soon after.

"The spinners were getting their lines and lengths right and we found ways to get out. We know it's not good enough. It is unacceptable. The brutal reality is that our top six batters are not doing their jobs and they need to find a way to get the job done.

"We spoke this morning about the importance of adapting to conditions but we can have time meeting after team meeting after team meeting, If we're getting rissoled for 100 each time, we may as well be banging our heads against a brick wall."

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