DURHAM enjoyed a satisfactory morning in taking four wickets after putting Sussex in at a cold and blustery Hove.
The four seamers grabbed a wicket each, culminating in the obdurate Luke Wells edging Mark Wood to Phil Mustard after batting 105 minutes for 19 as Sussex reached 110 for four at lunch.
It was chilly enough for young Scot, Gavin Main, to send for a long-sleeved sweater shortly after taking the field as a substitute for Graham Onions, who retired after an eight-over spell.
Paul Collingwood’s decision to field first would have been based on last September’s experience here, when the pitch got flatter as the match progressed.
It didn’t exhibit as much life as Steve Magoffin extracted on the first morning last year and Chris Nash cut and pulled Onions for two fours in the opening over.
Chris Rushworth was very miserly, however, conceding only ten runs in eight overs and making the breakthrough when Nash played back and edged to Mustard for ten.
Mike Yardy survived one sharp chance off Onions but fell for five when he edged the same bowler low to third slip’s left, where Kumar Sangakkara held a good catch. As his previous scores suggest, Ed Joyce looked in top form but after driving Usman Arshad to the cover boundary to reach 21 he pushed forward to the next ball and lost his off stump.
Matt Machan and Luke Wright both went for their shots in an unbroken stand of 29.