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Joyce gets Sussex back on course

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Hove
Sussex v Lancashire

21-24 April (Play starts 1100 BST)
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Sussex 247-5 (Sussex 1pt, Lancs 1pt)


Jimmy Anderson
Jimmy Anderson enjoys the adulation of his Lancashire team-mates at Hove

Sussex debutant Ed Joyce rescued his side from trouble as he turned things round on a low-scoring day at Hove.

Joyce hit an unbeaten 89 to help his side recover after three wickets from Lancashire's England paceman James Anderson had reduced them to 160-5.

He hit just five fours in his patient 218-ball knock, supported chiefly by Robin Martin-Jenkins and skipper Michael Yardy, who made 35.

Martin-Jenkins was 52 not out after an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 87.

Anderson warmed up for the international summer with some outstanding fast bowling.

With the first Test at Lord's just a fortnight away, the 26-year-old's exemplary line and length made it hard work for Sussex until Joyce and Martin-Jenkins led their counter-attack in the final hour.

In five separate spells, Anderson took 3-47 in 25 overs and, watched by his coach Peter Moores, who was making a return to his former cricketing home, he was unfortunate not to finish with even better figures.

Only Joyce, on his first Championship start following his winter move from Middlesex, played him with any degree of confidence.

And, although Anderson ended up going off late in the third session, Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple was quick to point out that it was just cramp.

Chapple told BBC Radio Lancashire: "There's no injury.

"Jimmy just cramped up halfway through his session and he's looking forward to bowling tomorrow.

"I thought we bowled well on a really placid pitch.

"There's not much pace in the pitch but there was a bit of swing to work with.

"We could have done with nicking a couple more out. We were looking for a bit of luck and we didn't really get it.

"But it's a big first hour. Two early wickets and we're on top."

On his first day of Championship cricket as Lancashire skipper, Chapple sent down 24 overs himself, proving that he is over his pre-season hamstring injury. "I'm a bit tired," he said, "but I've come through it."



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