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Champions make shocking start to season; CRICKET.

LANCASHIRE could barely have made a worse start to their LV= County Championship title defence against Sussex in Liverpool.

The Red Rose county were skittled for 124 and were already trailing before stumps on day one as Sussex, beaten at Surrey last week, reached the close on 137 for three.

Sussex seamer Joe Anyon (five wickets for 36 runs) crashed through Lancashire's title winners in the morning session on his way to his second fivewicket haul of the new season. Only Steven Croft's 50 and a battling 23 from veteran skipper Glen Chapple avoided complete embarrassment for the champions.

Lancashire made immediate inroads when they then reduced Sussex to 15 for three but an unbeaten 122-run stand between skipper Michael Yardy (70) and Ed Joyce (48) ensured the visitors were in control.

Durham also benefited from bowling first as they skittled Nottinghamshire for 161, with Graham Onions taking four for 42, before advancing to 55 for three.

Middlesex improved marginally on developments elsewhere as they reached stumps on 225 for nine against fellow Surrey at Lord's.

Left-hander Dawid Malan typified the required patience with an unbeaten 62 from 172 balls, while Jade Dernbach took three for 33 for the visitors.

In Division Two, Derbyshire and Glamorgan had the dubious honour of seeing the most wickets fall as 14 departed at Sophia Gardens. Derbyshire managed 130, but none of Glamorgan's batsmen had managed double figures as they slumped to 37 for four in reply.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Apr 13, 2012
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