Sussex in trouble on opening morning at Taunton

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Sussex were put immediately on the back foot on the opening morning of their County Championship clash with Somerset at Taunton.

Having won the toss and elected to bat Sussex slumped to 25-3 before making something of a recovery to reach lunch on 84-4.

It could have been even worse for the visitors with in-form skipper Ed Joyce dropped one nought by wicketkeeper Craig Keiswetter.

Joyce dug in after that reprieve to get to lunch unbeaten on 18 with Luke Wright seven not out.

Sussex sprung a surprise in their team selection in naming leg-spinner Will Beer and bringing in all-rounder Steff Piolet.

With Jon Lewis absent – possibly with an Achilles injury – and Matt Hobden not selected it left Sussex with only Steve Magoffin and James Anyon as frontline seamers.

That probably influenced Joyce’s decision to bat first on a green-tinged wicket with overcast conditions aiding the bowlers.

Joyce may have regretted asking Somerset to bowl as Luke Wells and Rory Hamilton-Brown were back in the pavilion inside the opening six overs.

Wells edged Alfonso Thomas to Alviro Petersen at third slip having made six before Peter Trego knocked out Hamilton-Brown’s off stump for one.

Trego should have had another scalp when Keiswetter put down Joyce diving right in front of James Hildreth at first slip.

The Somerset seamer was celebrating a few overs later when Chris Nash – who had played a couple of lovely cover drives off Thomas – edged to Hildreth at first slip having made 15.

Matt Machan played positively to make 30 before he drove loosely at a wide half-volley from Craig Meschede and got an inside edge on to his stumps.

Joyce and Wright ensured no further damage was done before the lunch break with Joyce facing 79 deliveries for his 18 and Wright similarly watchful having faced 32 balls for his seven.

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1:58pm Sun 8 Jun 14

SmileyD says...

Not much use in winning the toss if The captain keeps making the wrong decision (it seeme to me, anyway...)
Not much use in winning the toss if The captain keeps making the wrong decision (it seeme to me, anyway...) SmileyD
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2:03pm Sun 8 Jun 14

fratsomrover says...

Looks like we could be heading for a repeat dose of what Somerset did to us in April at Hove. Very disappointing, the wheels do seem to have come off of late. Five Championship games without a win and three successive T20 defeats. Not much to write home about.
Looks like we could be heading for a repeat dose of what Somerset did to us in April at Hove. Very disappointing, the wheels do seem to have come off of late. Five Championship games without a win and three successive T20 defeats. Not much to write home about. fratsomrover
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2:36pm Sun 8 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

But Nash said we were going to be hard to beat! The problem seems to be that once Prior goes away we only have Joyce and Wright who are really Championship quality batsmen. Look at the averages - RHB 18, Machan 28, Wells, Yardy and Nash all in the low 30s and Brown just over 35. You will always have some players in better form than others of course but specialist batsmen who play regularly need to be averaging in the high 30s at least and preferably over 40. RHB 1, Wells 6 and Nash 15 is pretty poor from our top three after we had chosen to bat. Goodness knows where we would be this season without Joyce.
But Nash said we were going to be hard to beat! The problem seems to be that once Prior goes away we only have Joyce and Wright who are really Championship quality batsmen. Look at the averages - RHB 18, Machan 28, Wells, Yardy and Nash all in the low 30s and Brown just over 35. You will always have some players in better form than others of course but specialist batsmen who play regularly need to be averaging in the high 30s at least and preferably over 40. RHB 1, Wells 6 and Nash 15 is pretty poor from our top three after we had chosen to bat. Goodness knows where we would be this season without Joyce. MikeTheMan
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3:40pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Neville says...

Same old story feeble batting with a couple of exceptions,whoever the batting coach is should be replaced. Why can,t anyone get their head down and get us off to a reasonable start.Like last season we rarely pick up maximum batting points. Mid table mediocrity in all forms of competition,if we are lucky,I am afraid
Same old story feeble batting with a couple of exceptions,whoever the batting coach is should be replaced. Why can,t anyone get their head down and get us off to a reasonable start.Like last season we rarely pick up maximum batting points. Mid table mediocrity in all forms of competition,if we are lucky,I am afraid Neville
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3:43pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Neville says...

Brown now out 6down,pathetic
Brown now out 6down,pathetic Neville
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12:32pm Mon 9 Jun 14

SmileyD says...

52 for 5 - great decision to bat first! Well played Ed Joyce... we could have them following on here!
52 for 5 - great decision to bat first! Well played Ed Joyce... we could have them following on here! SmileyD
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