Yorkshire in early strikes but then let advantage slip

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Yorkshire were frustrated by the Sussex lower order on the opening day of their County Championship clash at Hove.

They put the home side in, had them struggling at 114-5 and then 137-6 when Matt Prior was bowled by Steve Patterson for 23.

However, as has happened previously, Yorkshire - with Ryan Sidebottom taking 3-44 - were unable to cash in. With an unbeaten 78 from Ben Brown, Sussex tail batted stubbornly and they reached 276-9 when bad light intervened. Leaders Durham, who lead Yorkshire by 14.5 points, saw the first day curtailed by rain after just 33 overs at Derby with Derbyshire 99-1.

Former Yorkshire bowler Matthew Hoggard, 36, one of the 2005 Ashes heroes, has announced his retirement from the game. He played for Yorkshire from 1996 until 2009 before joining Leicestershire whom he captained. He played 67 tests taking 248 wickets.

England, who trail 1-0, must win the final two matches against Australia to prevail in the ODI NatWest Series, after rain prevented a result at Edgbaston. Only 15.1 overs were possible, England making 59-3.