Hampshire are rumbled by Durham

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Hampshire, fresh from a famous victory over the county champions Warwickshire at Edgbaston last week, were quickly brought back down to earth by Durham at Portsmouth yesterday, writes Adam Szreter.

Simon Brown (4 for 49) took three wickets in his first three overs, while John Wood, back in the Durham side after a year's absence with a back injury, struck in his first over and finished with 3 for 52. Wicketkeeper Adrian Aymes (41no) and Cardigan Connor (42) led a slight recovery as Hampshire closed on 192 for 9.

Elsewhere on a rain-affected day Nasser Hussain responded to being overlooked by the England selectors with 81 for Essex at Derby, sharing in a stand of 158 with Darren Robinson (74). One of those selectors, Graham Gooch, was bowled by Devon Malcolm during a hostile opening spell. Essex ended the day on 225 for 3.

At Abergavenny, Gary Butcher, son of the former Glamorgan opener Alan, made a defiant 73 but Worcestershire had the better of a day restricted to 54 overs. Phil Newport took 4 for 49 to leave Glamorgan on 148 for 5 at stumps.

At Horsham, Alan Wells struck a fluent 92 and Bill Athey an unbeaten 70 to help Sussex reach 216 for 3 against Middlesex following Wednesday's washed out first day.

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