It was by no means an impossible pitch and there were some red-faced batsmen on both sides, as only Neal Lenham's 70 for Sussex interrupted the bowler's dominance. Courtney Walsh put Sussex in trouble by removing Bill Athey for a duck and Alan Wells for one with only eight runs on the board. By lunch the visitors had crawled their way to 40 for 5 but then Lenham launched a spirited counter attack, helping Peter Moores add 86 for the sixth wicket.
Lenham's 70 came off 125 balls, with 13 fours - a tremendous effort on a day when only three other players managed to get past 20. Once the partnership with Moores was broken, Alleyne quickly mopped up the tail with his medium pace.
Gloucestershire were struggling from the moment Nick Trainor departed for four in the opening over from Vasbert Drakes, and then Andrew Symonds was caught trying to hook Ed Giddins.Reuse content