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Tom Taylor picked up 6 for 47

Sussex vs Leicestershire, Hove

Hosts Sussex got off to a horror start after being asked to bat, and slipped to 36/5 before staging a minor recovery. Tom Taylor, who picked up four of the first five wickets to fall, was the hero of the day for Leicestershire as he eventually finished with 6 for 47. David Wiese struck a half-century and strung together useful stands with the lower order to take Sussex to 173. In reply, the visitors too were stung by the pacers, Ollie Robinson and Mir Hamza and slipped to 59 for five at one stage. However, Harry Dearden and Lewis Hill added an unbeaten 72-run stand for the sixth wicket to prop them up by the end of the first day.

Brief Scores: Sussex 173 all out (David Wiese 51; Tom Taylor 6-47) lead Leicestershire 131/5 (Lewis Hill 40*; Mir Hamza 3-36) by 42 runs

Derbyshire vs Durham, Derby

Action at Derby for the 2018-19 season kicked-off in a manic fashion on a 13-wicket Day 1. Opener Luis Reece fell for a first-ball duck after the hosts decided to bat first. Wayne Madsen followed suit just two balls later to give Durham a dream start. They didn't let it slip away as they knocked over half the Derbyshire batsmen with just 63 runs on the board.

Harvey Hosein and Alex Hughes dragged their side past the 100-run mark but the bowlers clawed their way back again. Hosein kept the fight going from one end but there was just not enough support at the other. Matthew Critchley (24) and Anuj Dal (17) attempted an alliance with the half-centurion Hosein, but in futility. When Ben Raine ran Hosein out for 78, the entire line-up had folded for just 197 runs, with Raine and James Weighell picking up three wickets each.

The 28-year-old Reece made up for his first-ball duck with two quick wickets as Durham too endured a jittery start. Durham captain played out 58 balls for his unbeaten 12 to take his team to 41 for 3 at stumps.

Brief Scores: Derbyshire 197 (Harvey Hosein 78; Ben Raine 3-48, James Weighell 3-49) lead Durham 41/3 (Luis Reece 2-15) by 156 runs

Northamptonshire vs Middlesex, Northampton

Despite half-centuries from Alex Wakely and Adam Rossington, Middlesex still ended Day 1 with a bit of an advantange courtesy some fine fast bowling from Irishman Tim Murtagh. The fast bowler knocked over three out of Northamptonshire's top-four batsmen with just 83 runs on the board. The fourth of those, skipper Wakely added a 99-run partnership with Rob Keogh, who would then go on to forge a stand worth 42 with Adam Rossington, who would then partner Jason Holder in an alliance worth 67 runs. These efforts took the home side past 300, but with only four more wickets in hand.

Brief Scores: Northamptonshire 310/6 (Alex Wakely 76, Adam Rossington 67; Tim Murtagh 4-43) vs Middlesex

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