County Championship round-up: Thomas adds to Goodwin misery

Five wickets for pace bowler Alfonso Thomas put Somerset in firm control against Sussex at Hove in the one match in the current Championship round to escape serious disruption from the weather yesterday.

Both sides registered their first wins of the campaign last week but it is Justin Langer's team, who defeated Yorkshire at Headingley, who looked more likely to build on their progress after bowling out the home side for 197.

Somerset added 53 to their overnight score before they were all out for 367 and Sussex soon found themselves struggling in reply as Thomas struck three times in his opening four overs, trapping Chris Nash and Murray Goodwin leg before, the latter's run of poor form continuing with a third-ball duck. In between, Michael Yardy drilled a catch to Langer at short cover.

Matt Prior, scoring almost at Twenty20 pace, led a recovery from 9 for 3 to 91 for 3 at lunch, reaching his half-century off only 51 balls, with nine boundaries, but Thomas struck again with his third over of the afternoon session as Prior edged to gully and claimed his fifth success when Luke Wright was caught at backward point. Willoughby had his first success, dismissing Ed Joyce via a catch at slip, and Sussex were 130 for 6.

With Max Waller and David Stiff chipping in with two wickets each, Sussex were all out in the 66th over. Langer did not enforce the follow-on, despite a lead of 170, but suffered an early reverse when Marcus Trescothick was caught off a leading edge at mid-on, but had extended the advantage by 52 without further loss by the close.

Earlier, Sussex's new overseas player, Piyush Chawla, who had taken five wickets on the opening day, suffered some punishment as Somerset advanced from 314 for 9 overnight. Peter Trego led the assault with some hefty blows but was denied a century when Chawla ran out Charl Willoughby, leaving the all-rounder stranded on 92.

At Edgbaston, where only 21 overs were possible, Ian Blackwell finished on 139 not out as Durham reached 403 for 7, while Steven Davies completed a 112, adding 81 for the sixth wicket with Ashley Noffke, before Worcestershire were all out for 415 at New Road, where Yorkshire lost Jacques Rudolph in reaching 55 for 1.

No play was possible at all at Aigburth, where Andrew Flintoff is due to continue his comeback following knee surgery. Lancashire and Hampshire will hope for better weather today. According to England coach Andy Flower, Flintoff needs only to prove his fitness to be a "shoo-in" for the Ashes squad.

In the Second Division at Tunbridge Wells, Kent failed to make a substantial recovery after resuming on 4 for 2 against Essex. They were bowled out for 123 in reply to Essex's 280 as Graham Napier and David Masters took four wickets each. Essex closed on 109 for 3 in their second innings.

At Grace Road, Surrey are well placed to build a good first-innings lead, closing on 217 for 2 in reply to Leicestershire's 165, Mark Ramprakash having made 85 with Michael Brown still there on 82 not out.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas