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Gareth Berg, Ben Sanderson claim five-fors to slice through Sussex

Gareth Berg and Ben Sanderson took five wickets each Getty Images

Northamptonshire 214 for 5 (Zaib 66*, Keogh 66, Robinson 4-31) lead Sussex 106 (Robinson 49*, Berg 5-18, Sanderson 5-28) by 108 runs

Ben Sanderson and Gareth Berg sliced Sussex apart before Rob Keogh and Saif Zaib garnered half-centuries as Northamptonshire enjoyed a dominant day in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Veteran fast bowlers Sanderson, 32, and Berg, 40, both returned five-wicket hauls, 5 for 28 and 5 for 18 respectively, as Sussex were skittled for 106.

The visitors' pain could have been worse - having been 25 for 7 - had it not been for England Test hopeful Ollie Robinson's unbeaten 49.

Robinson then claimed 4 for 31 but Northants romped to 214 for 5 thanks to Keogh's 66 and Zaib's 66 not out, to lead by 108 at the end of day one at Wantage Road.

Play was delayed by half an hour due to rain, but Northants made up for lost time having stuck Sussex in to bat.

Tom Haines prodded to first slip for a golden duck, with the fourth ball of the innings. He was quickly followed by Aaron Thomason and the bowled Stiaan van Zyl.

Berg produced an almost unplayable ball angled across debutant Travis Head to nick behind before Ben Brown was lbw three balls later.

Tom Clark was pinned by Sanderson while Delray Rawlins' attempt to slog Sussex out of trouble ended with a wild swing landing in first slip's lap and a duck.

While the pitch offered significant nip for the quick bowlers, largely the quality of bowling from the experienced pair rather than reckless batting accounted for the slump - although none of the top seven reached double figures.

Robinson, who was dropped thrice, and Stuart Meaker provided a rear-guard 56-run stand for the eighth wicket.

But Berg returned after lunch to find Meaker tamely edging behind before completing the sixth five-for of his first-class career when he castled Jack Carson.

Sanderson collected his five-for when Joe Sarro poked to Berg at fourth slip to end Sussex's innings.

Northants' reply started slowly as Ben Curran was leg before to Robinson second ball and 19-year-old Sarro had Ricardo Vasconcelos lbw with the fifth delivery of his first-class career.

But Charlie Thurston showed a carefree blueprint with his 24 from 25 balls, before edging to first slip, which pointed Keogh in the direction of his 22nd career half-century. He reached the milestone in 64 balls with three successive boundaries off spinner Carson.

Luke Procter was bowled by Robinson, but Keogh and Zaib teamed up for an 88-run stand to steam into a first-innings lead - with the run-rate never dipping below four an over.

Keogh departed caught at second slip after some confused umpiring but Zaib, who reached an 83-ball fifty, and Adam Rossington added a further 66 before the close.

Sussex 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st24TJ HainesAD Thomason
2nd10S van ZylAD Thomason
3rd21S van ZylTM Head
4th13S van ZylTGR Clark
5th91BC BrownS van Zyl
6th1BC BrownDMW Rawlins
7th9BC BrownOE Robinson
8th25SC MeakerOE Robinson
9th11OE RobinsonJJ Carson
10th10JJ CarsonJP Sarro

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