Sussex debutant Jamie Atkins was lost for words as he claimed a high-class first Championship wicket.

The paceman from Horsham bowled Lancashire skipper Dane Vilas for nought as the hosts showed spirit on the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Hove.

Young off-spinner Jack Carson continued his impressive start to the season with four wickets as Sussex, having 328, had Lancs 193-6 in their first innings at close.

The visitors had been 137-1 and looking comfortable at one stage of the afternoon.

Sussex went into the match without top wicket-taker Ollie Robinson, who has been rested.

Atkins, a tall and powerfully built right-armer, seized his chance.

He said: "I knew on Tuesday I was going to make my debut and it was just a case then of making sure that physically and mentally I was right.

“It's a great environment to come into because everyone is so supportive and I have played in the Sussex pathway with guys like Henry Crocombe and Jack Carson.

“I don't think Henry or I expected to be opening the bowling for Sussex in a Championship game when we were in the under-13s together!

"I can't really put into words what it was like to get my first wicket, especially as it was such an important one as Dane Vilas, their captain. I was so chuffed as my celebrations probably showed."


Lancashire lost five wickets for 24 runs in 8.5 overs at one stage.

They included that of former Sussex star Luke Wells, who was caught behind off Stuart Meaker for 28.

Carson had figures of 4-50 overnight.