Sussex enjoyed the better of Day One of the Specsavers County Championship match at Derby after they bowled their hosts out for 191 before ending the day on 83-1.
Shiv Thakor was Derbyshire’s top-scorer with an unbeaten 36 whilst Hamish Rutherford and Billy Godleman hit 32 and 28 respectively, but the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals, with Lewis Hatchett finishing with five wickets, to be dismissed for 191.
In Sussex’s reply, Thakor (1-13) was also the pick of the bowlers and picked up Derbyshire’s only wicket of the day as Sussex closed on 83-1, trailing by 108.
Chesney Hughes and Godleman made a steady start to their innings, but Hughes could only make eight before he edged through to the ‘keeper down the leg-side.
Rutherford joined Godleman and the pair battled hard to ensure that the hosts reached lunch without any further wickets, at which point Derbyshire were 73-1.
Upon the resumption, Derbyshire lost both Rutherford and Godleman whilst the score remained on 78. Rutherford was caught mis-timing a pull for 32, whilst Godleman was bowled 28.
Wayne Madsen and Neil Broom got their side beyond three-figures before Broom was bowled on 10. Madsen then followed in the following over for nine as the visitors grasped control of the fixture.
Wes Durston was the next man to go, caught in the slips for eight to give Hatchett his third wicket before Thakor and Tom Poynton offered some resistance to get the score close to 150.
Poynton was out when he edged Steve Magoffin behind on eight to become the seamer’s second victim of the afternoon.
Derbyshire reached tea on 164-7, having lost six wickets in the session but Thakor was continuing to offer stern resistance to a fired up Sussex attack.
The hosts’ tail was removed in relatively quick time after the tea interval; Tony Palladino made 13, before Luke Fletcher (14) was Hatchett’s fifth wicket of the innings and Andy Carter was bowled by Ollie Robinson for five.
Despite Thakor’s unbeaten 36, Derbyshire were bowled out for 191 with 26 overs still remaining in the day.
Sussex openers Chris Nash and Ed Joyce made a positive start to their reply, sharing a half-century stand in good time before Thakor got the breakthrough as Nash was lbw on 37.
The wicket put the pressure back onto the batting side but Joyce and Luke Wells were able to safely negotiate the overs left in the day to close on 83-1, trailing by 108 runs.
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