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Seamer Magoffin back to haunt Worcestershire on first day
9:08pm Wednesday 1st August 2012 in WCCC
FORMER Worcestershire player Steve Magoffin took 4-34 as his old team slumped to 162 all out at Sussex in LV= County Championship Division One.
The hosts’ Ed Joyce had a memorable day in his first match in the competition as captain, watching his bowlers dismiss Worcestershire in 53.4 overs.
Sussex finished on 22-0 in reply at the close of play on the first day which did not start until 2.15pm because of rain.
But their bowlers, especially Magoffin, appeared anxious to make up for lost time on a bouncy pitch.
The visitors lost their first wicket in the eighth over when the dangerous Phil Hughes (11) was surprised by Magoffin’s slightly short delivery, which was fended to second slip where Michael Yardy took an excellent catch high to his left.
Vikram Solanki was then bowled by Magoffin for one to leave Worcestershire on 18-2.
Daryl Mitchell later edged Amjad Khan to Joyce, who took a good catch low to his left at third slip, with the visitors on 68-3 at tea.
Sussex should have had a fourth wicket with the first ball after the break, but Luke Wells dropped James Cameron off James Anyon at first slip.
It was not expensive, though, as Cameron was bowled by Anyon two balls later for 11.
Worcestershire’s batsmen continued to struggle with the seam movement but more particularly the bounce gained by the fast bowlers.
Matthew Pardoe (4) was the fifth man out when he edged Anyon to second slip, where Yardy took another fine catch.
Gareth Andrew (11) gave a simple catch to Ben Brown off Amjad behind the wicket in the 39th over and when Ben Scott flicked Magoffin straight to Anyon at mid-wicket, Worcestershire were beyond significant repair at 107-7.
Moeen Ali top-scored with 43 before he pulled Magoffin straight to Luke Wright, who was just in front of square.
Jack Shantry was caught behind to give Amjad his third wicket and, though Richard Jones (30 not out) was dropped at long-off, Alan Richardson was bowled by Monty Panesar soon afterwards for just four.