Linley five-for inspires Sussex

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Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Tim Linley made a profitable return to Sussex by taking five wickets for the first time since 2012 on the opening day against LV= County Championship leaders Durham at Arundel Castle.

The 33-year-old took five for 63 at the start of a month-long loan spell from Surrey as Durham were dismissed for 301 having been put in.

Chris Rushworth gave Durham encouragement by bowling openers Michael Yardy and Luke Wells in successive overs as Sussex closed on 44 for two.

In second place, Warwickshire defeated Worcestershire by an innings and 17 runs within two days at the County Ground.

The visitors made 340 – with Ian Bell striking 111 – in reply to Worcestershire’s first innings of 243, before the hosts were bowled out for just 80 on Monday thanks to three-wicket hauls from Keith Barker and Boyd Rankin.

Young off-spinner Matt Carter marked his first-class debut in style as he claimed figures of seven for 56 from 16 overs to bowl Nottinghamshire into a winning position against Somerset at Taunton.

After the visitors had been dismissed for 410 from an overnight 391 for six – Alfonso Thomas finishing with five for 73 – a decent contest looked to be developing when Tom Abell (76 not out) and James Hildreth (41) took Somerset’s reply to 112 for two.

But the tall 19-year-old Carter then wreaked havoc from the River End, taking his seven wickets in the space of 12 overs at a cost of just 45 runs, aided by some poor shot selection from the fragile home batting line-up.

Abell was left high and dry, having hit eight fours in an impressive 150-ball innings, as Somerset were bowled out for 200. Notts led by 210, but declined to enforce the follow-on and closed on 89 for four in their second innings.

Steven Mullaney (34) and Riki Wessels (28 not out) built on the advantage and a lead of 299, with six wickets in hand, looked more than enough on a wicket offering turn and bounce.

In Division Two, leaders Lancashire replied with 295 for three after bowling Leicestershire out for 207 on day one.

Karl Brown lost his wicket just four runs off a century while fellow opener Paul Horton scored 54 and Ashwell Prince (68 not out) also got half-centuries on day two as the hosts lead by 88 runs at Emirates Old Trafford.

Essex built a huge first-innings lead in their match against Derbyshire as they batted through day two at Chelmsford.

The home side reached the close on 449 for eight, giving them an advantage of 301 runs and leaving themselves favourites to go on and collect their second championship victory of the summer.

Second-placed Surrey posted a first-day score of 289 for six at Guildford thanks to a century from Arun Harinath (120) at the top of the order.

Harinath got his ton off 157 balls including 13 fours, while fellow opener Zafar Ansari (91 not out) continues on Tuesday.

Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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