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Sussex v Essex – The Bob Willis Trophy – Day One – 1st Central County Ground, Hove – Close
Sussex 93/2 (30.0 overs)
Essex (Yet to bat)
Essex won the toss and elected to bowl
A soggy surface, bad light and Sussex right-hander, Phil Salt all tested Essex’s patience on what proved to be a shortened opening day at Hove.
Damp, gloomy conditions on the south coast ensured no play was possible before lunch. However, further inspections thought plausible 55 overs, following a break in the weather coupled with sterling efforts performed by the Sussex ground staff.
Having taken the ball, the Essex attack initially made heavy weather with the home sides’ opening pair, Salt and Tom Haines cobbling together 38 for the first wicket – Haines the man to depart, snared at second slip by Simon Harmer of Jamie Porter.
But Salt played quite solidly – his half-century coming off 77 balls and including ten boundaries. However, he soon found himself back in the pavilion, a thick edge handing the Harmer/Porter combination another collective statistic, in a similar fashion to the first – the Welshman having made 57.
Harry Finch helped Sussex to 93/2 at tea with 20* off 35 balls – Porter taking 2/36. But fine rain and bad light returned, leaving umpires Ian Gould and Mark Newell. With little option other than to call time on a frustrating day with only 30 overs possible. Play resumes on Sunday at 11am.
Sussex: Phil Salt, Tom Haines, Harry Finch, Tom Clark, Ben Brown (WK Capt), Aaron Thomason, Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Henry Crocombe, Stuart Meaker, Mitch Claydon,
Essex: Sir Alastair Cook, Nick Browne, Tom Westley (Capt), Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Paul Walter, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, Jamie Porter, Matt Quinn
Umpires: IJ Gould and M Newell
Scorers: GJ Irwin and P Elford
Match Referee: SJ Davis