DURHAM have continued their fightback against Sussex in their Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash at Emirates Riverside, holding a lead of 53 over the visitors.

Sussex resumed on 96-8 in the second session of the day. Chris Rushworth was denied his hat-trick by Ollie Robinson, although he did claim his wicket as Stuart Poynter and Paul Collingwood behind the stumps to come up with the catch.

The 32-year-old was denied his career-best figures by Matt Salisbury, who ended the visitors' innings for 122 with a handy lead of 19 runs.

The home side needed a response from their openers to capitalise on their momentum.

Cameron Steel and Alex Lees built a solid partnership at the top of the innings to guide Durham into the lead before taking their stand beyond 50.

Lees was playing well at the crease before he was given out on 43 caught behind to Ollie Robinson on the stroke of tea, leaving Durham 72-1.