Stumps Sussex 30 for 1 v Durham 292 (Muchall 74, Panesar 4-88)
Four wickets for Monty Panesar undermined Durham as they subsided from 173 for 1 to 292 all out against Sussex in their County Championship Division One encounter at Chester-le-Street today. The visitors replied with 30 for 1, Ed Joyce falling to a brilliant right-handed diving catch by Gordon Muchall at first slip off Mitch Claydon.
Durham rested Graham Onions after his excellent comeback in the win at Headingley, and with Liam Plunkett out with a thigh muscle injury they brought in Claydon and West Indian Ruel Brathwaite. On as early as the 17th over after Durham won the toss for the third successive game, Panesar commanded respect without threatening to take wickets until he suddenly captured his first two in his 19th and 21st overs.
Ben Stokes had been tied down but two balls after advancing to drive a six over long-on he sat back to force a back-foot shot through the off-side and got an inside edge into his stumps. Dale Benkenstein popped up a catch to short leg and Panesar had bowled 25 overs for 55 runs when Scott Borthwick set about him.
Crisp strokes on both sides of the wicket produced six fours off the spinner, including four off successive balls, and the young allrounder succeeded in having Panesar briefly removed from the attack. Borthwick's knock of 35 ended when he edged to wicketkeeper Ben Brown to give Amjad Khan a third wicket, and Panesar returned to claim two lbw verdicts and finish with 4 for 88.
Durham's slide started when Muchall miscued an attempted pull off James Anyon, skying a catch to mid-on. Muchall had taken up where Michael Di Venuto left off, the opener having scored 30 off 33 balls before falling lbw to the first ball when Anyon came on for the ninth over. The left-hander was looking to work the ball to leg.
Muchall raced past anchor man Will Smith and dominated a stand of 129, hitting 13 fours in making 74 off 119 balls. Smith made 59 before edging a drive at Rana Naved-ul-Hasan to first slip and wicketkeeper Michael Richardson, again deputising for the injured Phil Mustard, perished in similar fashion to give Khan his first wicket. This time the ball flew to second slip, where Joyce held a good catch.
Khan's second wicket swiftly followed when Ian Blackwell drove loosely wide of off stump and played on for 19, leaving Borthwick to harvest what runs he could accompanied by a tail lengthened by Plunkett's absence.