Another duck for Brown but Rayner continues to impress for Middlesex

Ben Brown retained his place in the Sussex line up to face Durham this week but once again failed to make an impact with the bat.

Brown scored just one run in the opening match of the LV County Championship division one clash against Lancashshire last week and didn’t fare any better in the first innings at Durham yesterday.

On Wednesday Sussex bowled Durham all out for 292 but at the time of going to press were struggling at 162-8 with Brown back in the pavilion with a second ball duck.

Sussex 2nd XI found it tough up against Somerset 2nd XI who made 347-8 declared, in reply Sussex reached 15-1 for the loss of 16-year-old Eastbourne cricketer Callum Jackson.

Meanwhile Ollie Rayner hit 32 not out as Middlesex crushed Essex by eight wickets in their opening match of the County Championship Division two campaign last week. Rayner also contributed two catches ending James Foster and David Masters’ innings off the bowling of Steven Foster and Steven Finn respectively.

Middlesex got off to a great start on Wednesday in their match against Derbyshire, Chesney Hughes edged to Rayner at second slip as his team went on to bowl Derbyshire all out for 154.

Rayner recorded figures of 1-12 from his 7.2 overs. Middlesex were all out for 230 and Rayner made one run before being trapped lbw by Tony Palladino.

Eastbourne spinner Tom Smith chipped in with 2-68 for Middlesex 2nd XI versus Lancashire 2nd XI who require 489 from four sessions.

Eastbourne skipper Mark Tomsett was named in an MCC side to face Scotland in a 50 over match at Lord’s on Thursday.