Sussex’s openers built a big platform for their side – but both missed out on three figures.

Tom Haines made 86 of an opening stand of 150 after they were put in by Derbyshire at Hove.

Tom Clark went on to score 96 before he was fourth man out miscuing a lofted drive.

After Sussex closed on 376-6, Clark said: “I’d love to be standing here with a hundred but at the start of the day I’d have taken 96.

“I’d felt a bit out of form before the T20 Blast so it was just nice to spend some time in the middle and make a decent contribution.

“The ball I’d got out to had been a shot I’d got runs with. The field was up and the ball wasn’t turning a great deal, it is what it is.

“Before the T20 I was a bit out of form and I felt a little bit muddled.

“The run in the T20 side helped in terms of giving me confidence and into a positive mindset.

“I’ve always been a top order player or opener.

“Ali Orr is missing which is unfortunate for him but I’m happy to open and fill that slot and I feel pretty comfortable there.

“We perhaps lost a couple too many wickets but we’re happy with our score.”