Mushtaq strikes back for Sussex
Despite a fifty at the top of the order from Richard Montgomerie, his second of the season, Sussex's disappointing form with the bat continued today when they were dismissed for 218 on the first day against Lancashire at Liverpool. Chris Adams (30), Matt Prior (37) and Luke Wright (28) all got starts, but failed to capitalise as Glenn Chapple (4 for 35) rocked the top order. Gary Keedy and Dominic Cork wrapped up the tail, after Mushtaq Ahmed had clobbered 22 useful runs at a run-a-ball. Sussex struck back with the ball though, leaving Lancashire 133 for 4 at stumps, trailing by 85. Mushtaq, inevitably, was to the fore again and ended the day with impressive figures of 3 for 29.
Steve Stubbings fell two short of his second hundred of the season as Derbyshire battled to 279 for 6 on the first day against Glamorgan at Derby. Stubbings lost his opening partner, Michael Di Venuto, for 18 - and when Travis Birt (16) fell, Derbyshire were in danger of stumbling at 131 for 3. Stubbings was resolute, however, receiving good support from Hassan Adnan (52). Robert Croft bowled tidily, and for most of the afternoon, picking up 2 for 52 from 31 overs.