August 16, 2000

Northants batsmen struggle at Eastbourne

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Second division leaders Northamptonshire were struggling on 55-5 at lunch after Sussex seamers James Kirtley and Jason Lewry exploited an Eastbourne pitch with a thicker covering of grass than usual on the first morning of this crucial Championship match.

Sussex made the breakthrough with the fifth ball after Northants had won the toss; Adrian Rollins turned Lewry off his hips but straight to backward square leg.

Skipper Matthew Hayden was next to go with the score on 12 when he offered no shot to Kirtley and was given out lbw after a lengthy deliberation by umpire Trevor Jesty.

South African Jeff Cook was bowled by Lewry, possibly via the glove, and David Sales became Kirtley's second victim when he was trapped in front by a full-length delivery he was trying to turn through square leg.

Russell Warren and Tony Penberthy staged a partial recovery, adding 22 in 12 overs before Penberthy was surprised by Mark Robinson's extra bounce and edged to wicketkeeper Nick Wilton.