County Championship: Northants pair Berg and Sanderson demolish Sussex

Gareth Berg and Ben Sanderson


Northamptonshire bowlers Gareth Berg (left) and Ben Sanderson enjoyed a fruitful first day against Sussex
LV= County Championship Group Three, The County Ground, Northampton (day one)
Sussex 106: Robinson 49*; Berg 5-18, Sanderson 5-28
Northamptonshire 214-5: Zaib 66*, Keogh 66; Robinson 4-31
Northamptonshire (4 pts) lead Sussex (1 pt) by 108 runs with five first-innings wickets in hand

Northamptonshire look set for a healthy first-innings lead over Sussex, closing 108 runs ahead after 15 wickets fell on day one of their Group Three encounter.

Gareth Berg (5-18) and Ben Sanderson (5-28) ripped Sussex apart, reducing the visitors to 25-7.

Ollie Robinson (49 not out) led a recovery to 106 all out, before taking four wickets with the ball.

However, a stand of 88 from Rob Keogh (66) and Saif Zaid (66 not out) put the hosts on top, reaching 214-5 at stumps.

Early conditions favoured the bowlers after a delayed start, and Sanderson removed Sussex’s top three in his first four overs.