August 17, 2000

Northants take the initiative at Eastbourne

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Australian Jeff Cook scored his second century for Northamptonshire as they took the initiative against Sussex on the second day at Eastbourne. The tall left-hander from Sydney was out in the penultimate over before tea for 116 as Northants reached 236-7 at the interval, a lead of 193.

Cook put on 47 in 13 overs with Tony Penberthy after lunch before the all-rounder was pinned in front by Jason Lewry's inswinger.

He then added a valuable 57 in 11 overs with Graeme Swann before Swann gave James Kirtley hid eighth wicket of the match when a full blooded pull was well taken at square leg by Toby Peirce.

Cook rode his luck at times, but he hit 20 boundaries and faced 187 balls before he was bowled round his legs by left-arm spinner Umer Rashid.

Earlier Sussex had extended their first innings lead to 43 with skipper Chris Adams making 84. Mark Robinson then took two wickets in two balls against his old county as Northants struggled to 65-4.