Durham rocked by record stand

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RECORDS fell at Hove as Luke Wright and Ben Brown compiled a triple-century partnership for Sussex against Durham.

The pair came together with the hosts at 115 for five in the LV County Championship Division One clash yesterday and remained there at the close, having put on 326.

The partnership is Sussex’s highest for the sixth wicket, beating a record set in 1930, and the highest sixth-wicket stand for anyone against Durham.

Wright, on 183, was just four runs short of equalling his highest first-class score, while Brown ended the day unbeaten on 152, 40 runs more than his previous best.

Defending champions Durham, who are looking for their first victory of the season, won the toss and put Sussex in, and for a time it looked a good decision.

Chris Nash was the first man to go, edging Chris Rushworth behind for 10, and Michael Yardy then fell for just five when he was caught by Kumar Sangakkara off the bowling off Graham Onions.

Wickets continued to tumble - Ed Joyce bowled by Usman Arshad for 21 before opener Luke Wells gave wicketkeeper Phil Mustard a second victim.

And when Matt Machan also edged behind, Sussex looked in some trouble at 115 for five.

But little did they know that, by the close of play, Wright and Brown would have guided them to 441 with no further wickets lost.

Durham did have a chance to snare Brown relatively early, but Mustard dropped his fellow wicketkeeper.

His misery was then compounded the following ball when Brown stole a single, Mustard shied at the stumps and conceded four overthrows, allowing the Sussex man to reach his 50.

With first-choice wicketkeeper Matt Prior still sidelined by an Achilles injury, Brown certainly took his chance to impress.

H Yorkshire were grateful for Tim Bresnan’s lower-order runs to ensure England colleague Joe Root’s good start was not wasted on day one against Warwickshire.

Root made 69 and put on 91 with opening partner Adam Lyth, but the Tykes slipped to 181 for six before Bresnan (61) helped top-scorer Kane Williamson (75) add 113 for the seventh wicket.

Keith Barker and Chris Woakes took three wickets apiece for leaders Warwickshire, who, from 310 for eight, will hope to wrap the innings up quickly on day two at Headingley Carnegie having won the toss.