Sussex v Leicestershire - slideshow and reaction

Sussex coach Mark Davis said his side’s batting ‘was just not good enough’ after the first day’s play against Leicestershire.

Sussex were bowled out for just 163 while the visitors finished the day on 140-2.

Sussex v Leicestershire - day one at Hove. Picture by Phil Westlake

Sussex v Leicestershire - day one at Hove. Picture by Phil Westlake

Photographer Phil Westlake was at Hive to catch the action. See a slideshow of his pictures above.

Davis said: “From 130 for 3 we capitulated. The batting was just not good enough and too often we contributed to our own downfall.

“It was a good wicket and a good toss to win and we just didn’t make enough use of it, although I thought Leicestershire bowled with a lot of discipline.

“It was a tough day but we can bounce back in this game and I am confident we will.”

Ben Raine, who took 4-30 for Leicestershire, said: “It’s been an outstanding day for us and it showed where we are as a team at the moment.

“I must admit when I got off the bus and saw the wicket I thought whoever bowled first might be in the field for two days – it’s a good pitch but as a unit I thought we bowled outstandingly.

“It was a typical bowling performance by us. I don’t think we’re ever going to have someone who will get regular five-fors or six-fors, we will get our wickets in twos and threes because at both ends we keep things tight, keep hitting our lengths and we feel if we get one wicket then someone else can get another for us quite quickly.

“Paul Horton has now gone past 60 for the third time in four innings and helped put us in a great position. Sussex will no doubt come hard at us in the first hour but if we can get through that then bat for the rest of the day and beyond we will give ourselves a very good chance of winning.”

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