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Finn stakes England claim on duty for Middlesex

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Steven Finn ended the day with figures of 3 for 65 © Getty Images
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Ben Brown and Ed Joyce led a spirited Sussex fightback after Middlesex had threatened to bowl them out cheaply at Lord's in Division One of the County Championship.

Tim Murtagh took three early wickets with the new ball after Sussex skipper Mike Yardy had won the toss and elected to bat, and finished with figures of four for 41.

Steven Finn also picked up two wickets as Sussex slumped to 33 for four and 66 for five before Joyce and Brown began the recovery. Finn, by the close, had three for 65.

Joyce made 77 in a partnership of 81 with Brown, who went on to add 63 with Naveed Arif Gondal before falling for 70 as Sussex reached 242 for eight by the end of play. Gondal made 38.

Luke Procter's first five-wicket haul of his career gave Lancashire the edge over Durham on day one of the clash between the Division One strugglers at Chester-le-Street.

Procter's five for 17 along with Hogg's three scalps in six balls ensured Durham crumpled to 102 all out after they were put in to bat. Both also made runs to help opener Paul Horton, who top-scored with 31 not out as Lancashire closed on 141 for eight.

Meanwhile in Division Two, fast bowlers Steve Patterson and Mitchell Starc were quick to make their mark on the first day of Yorkshire's match against Northamptonshire at Headingley. Patterson, who received his first team cap before the start of the game, responded by firing out both openers.

Left-arm paceman Starc, on his Championship debut, also picked up two early wickets as the visitors slumped to 45 for five in this Division Two contest after winning the toss. However, captain Andrew Hall, led a spirited rearguard action with a rugged 79 which boosted his side's score to 253. In five overs before the close, Yorkshire reached 27 without loss.

The main event at New Road was delayed for at least 24 hours as Daryl Mitchell and Phil Hughes held off Somerset with Worcestershire's first century start for more than a year in the LV= County Championship.

By batting all day to score 270 for three, the home side frustrated Nick Compton and the West Country fans who had travelled to see whether he can become the first batsman for 24 years to reach 1,000 first-class runs by the end of May.

Runaway Division Two leaders Derbyshire were put firmly in their place by lowly Gloucestershire on the opening day of the match at Bristol. Yet to lose a four-day game this season and well clear of their nearest rivals going into this game, the surprise early-season front-runners were all out for just 95 inside 33 overs - their lowest score of the summer - after winning the toss, with Will Gidman taking four for 29 in eight overs.

Gloucestershire then made good their advantage on a true pitch, overseas batsman Kane Williamson and skipper Alex Gidman posting half centuries to help the home side reach the close on 182 for five, already 87 runs ahead.

Marcus North's first century for Glamorgan helped the Welsh county take control on the second day of their clash with Leicestershire at Cardiff. The Australian batsman, who scored a century in the Ashes Test at the same ground in 2009, was in sparkling form and struck 116 as Glamorgan reached 302 for five to claim a 31-run lead after Leicestershire were all out for 271.

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