|County Championship Group Three, The 1st Central County Ground, Hove (day two):|
|Sussex 328: Garton 35; Lamb 3-59|
|Lancashire 193-6: Jennings 60, Davies 34; Carson 4-50|
|Sussex 5 pts, Lancashire 2 pts|
Jack Carson took four wickets as Sussex bowled well to seize control on day two of their County Championship match against Lancashire in Hove.
Resuming on 318-7, Sussex added just 10 runs after play started before they were bowled out for 328.
Lancashire started their innings well, with Keaton Jennings’ 60 aiding their chase but Sussex swiftly hit back.
Sussex off-spinner Carson took four wickets to put the match in their favour as Lancashire closed on 193-6.
Earlier in the day, Saqib Mahmood (1-73) and Danny Lamb (3-59) took the last three Sussex wickets between them to avoid conceding a fourth batting point.
However Carson’s bowling capped off a fine day for Sussex with the ball as they defended their score well on day two.
Playing just his eighth first-class match, Carson got his first wicket after bowling Alex Davies for 34 and Sussex seized the initiative with a set of quickfire wickets soon after.
Jennings, who hit just 60 runs across four innings coming into the trip to Hove, was dropped at slip by Stiaan van Zyl, who soon atoned as he caught him after tea.
Carson claimed a third wicket after Steven Croft edged forward to Sussex wicketkeeper Ben Brown, then debutant seamer Jamie Atkins claimed his first wicket, Lancashire skipper Dane Vilas.
A third wicket in as many overs followed for Sussex, when Carson removed Liam Livingstone to put the hosts really in control.
Sussex fast bowler Jamie Atkins:
“I knew on Tuesday I was going to make my debut and it was just a case then of making sure that physically and mentally I was right.
“I played in the Sussex pathway with guys like Henry Crocombe and Jack Carson. I don’t think Henry or I expected to be opening the bowling for Sussex in a Championship game when we were in the Under-13s together!
“I can’t really put into words what it was like to get my first wicket, especially as it was such an important one as Dane Vilas, their captain. I was so chuffed.”
Lancashire opener Keaton Jennings:
“We are probably slightly behind the eight ball. It will be important to get through the new ball.
“Wickets have fallen in clumps which might be the nature of the surface but there are still two days left and a lot of cricket to be played.
“I was disappointed with myself because I was aiming to get a big score. I feel like I have played nicely without getting a score so it’s nice to get 60 but I am kicking myself for not having gone on.”