Lancs in trouble on opening morning

Thu, 12 Apr 14:28:13 2012

Lancashire's LV= County Championship title defence has got off to a bad start against Sussex at Liverpool.

The Red Rose's star names were all back in the pavilion before lunch as they crashed to 48 for four.

Joe Anyon did the majority of the damage taking three for 27, including the key scalp of Lancashire's South Africa overseas signing Ashwell Prince for four.

Somerset endured an even worse beginning against Warwickshire as they sought back-to-back wins to kickstart their bid for a maiden First Division crown.

Marcus Trescothick's side, who beat Middlesex last week, were 52 for five after Chris Wright (three for 29) and Keith Barker (two for 13) made light work of a well-regarded top order.

England one-day international wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter (16) was the only batsman to reach double figures as only the rain halted their collapse after 19.2 overs.

Durham's start to the new season was delayed by an hour and 15 minutes due to rain at Chester-le-Street before they reduced Nottinghamshire to 31 for two.

Nottinghamshire, who won their opener against Worcestershire, lost openers Alex Hales and Neil Edwards in back-to-back overs from Callum Thorp and Graham Onions.

Middlesex were the only top-flight side enjoying any solid progress with the bat as they reached 86 for two against fellow newly-promoted club Surrey.

Opener Sam Robson batted through the morning session at Lord's to be unbeaten on 40.


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