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Sussex made to struggle by tight Worcestershire bowling

Worcestershire v Sussex 191-7
Worcestershire 2pts, Sussex 0pts
Match scorecard

Alan Richardson (Worcestershire)
Alan Richardson is Worcestershire's top championship wicket-taker

Worcestershire's bowlers made the Sussex batsmen struggle after the Division Two champions chose to bat.

Only debutant opener Luke Wells passed 50 for the visitors, who lost Chris Nash to his first ball from Matt Mason.

Mason also got Luke Wright for a duck, and veteran seamer Alan Richardson chipped in with 3-34 to reduce Sussex to 148-7.

But Andrew Hodd (31 not out) and Will Beer (22 not out) added 43 for the eighth wicket, Sussex closed on 191-7.

Wells, son of former Sussex captain Alan, made a capable 62 in a little more than three hours before Sussex lurched into trouble on a murky afternoon. After Murray Goodwin fell for 34, the visitors lost five wickets - including that of Wells - while adding 17 runs in 12.2 overs.

A 6ft 4in left hander who has played for England at Under-19 level, Wells had gathered confidence with three consecutive boundaries off Mason, but Gareth Andrew checked Sussex's early gallop in a fine spell which deserved more than the leg before wicket dismissal of Ben Brown for 32.

Goodwin attempted to cut the third ball of Richardson's after-lunch spell and gave a catch to Vikram Solanki at first slip, Mason had Wright edging to second slip, and Wells, having slowed noticeably after reaching 50 with nine fours, drove hard at Richardson and sliced a catch to gully.

Yasir Arafat was lbw to medium pacer James Cameron and James Anyon became another victim for Richardson with a nick to second slip.

Having been nine points behind promotion rivals Glamorgan at the start of play, Worcestershire will have been further encouraged to hear the Welsh county's batsmen had failed to pick up any bonus points against Derbyshire on the first day of the match at the Swalec Stadium.

BBC Hereford and Worcester cricket commentator Dave Bradley:
"If you wanted a cricketer to set the tone of the spirit for your team, Alan Richardson would be a good guy to look to.

"He has taken over 50 Championship wickets for Worcestershire this season, and runs in with enthusiasm at any time of the day.

"His mid-afternoon spell turned the Sussex innings, after they had looked to be in control with Wells and the ever-dangerous Goodwin looking set for big score.

"Gareth Andrew also bowled with pace and with a bit of luck would have come out with better figures.

"But full marks to Will Beer, surely one of the better number nines in the country, and Hodd who managed to stage a partial recovery in not very good light with the ball moving around.

"With the conditions as they are, 250 might be a good score."

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