Zimbabwe~~s Goodwin continues previous season~~s form

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2002, 17:15 [IST]
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London: Former Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin carried on from where he left off last season, making 162 for Sussex on the first day of its county championship match against Somerset at Hove. Goodwin, who last season made 1,521 championship runs at 58.50 for the Second Division title-holders, guided Sussex to a total of 337. At the close Somerset was four without loss. Meanwhile, at Headingley, reigning First Division champions Yorkshire had a torrid opening day against title-contenders and 1999 and 2000 county kings Surrey. Fresh from a 10-wicket win over Sussex, Surrey bowled out the home side for 140. England paceman Alex Tudor took four for 31 and Pakistan's Azhar Mahmood, signed as temporary overseas cover for international teammate Saqlain Mushtaq, was also on target with his medium pacers to finish with three for 33. Surrey then rammed home its advantage by finishing on 115 without loss, club captain and England left-hander Mark Butcher unbeaten on 53 with fellow England southpaw Ian Ward 51 not out. Lancashire's former England seamer Peter Martin claimed four for 77 as Warwickshire was bowled out for 297 at Edgbaston, a total that owed much to Neil Smith's 96 made at number eight. South Africa captain Shaun Pollock could only manage 16 and was then wicketless as Lancashire finished on 48 without loss. At the Rose Bowl, Leicestershire captain Vince Wells made 149 not out against the Hampshire attack, the visitors reaching 389 for six at stumps. In the Second Division, New Zealand batsman Craig Spearman continued his good start to the season with Gloucestershire. He made 80 against Essex at Chelmsford to add to his 111 in the opening match against Worcestershire. But the batting hero this time was Spearman's captain Mark Alleyne. The England One- day International was unbeaten on 125 in a total of 336 for nine. Australian batsman Michael DiVenuto chipped in with 56, the same score as club captain Dominic Cork in a Derbyshire total of 263 against Durham. Seamer Neil Killeen took four for 52 before Durham ended the day on 102-3. At Lord's Ireland batsman Ed Joyce made 119 in a Middlesex total of 433 for six against Nottinghamshire with England One-day batsman Owais Shah (63), Andrew Strauss (62) and Paul Weekes (50 not out) all making valuable contributions. A rare failure from Graeme Hick did not prevent Worcestershire piling up 398 for five against Northamptonshire. David Leatherdale (147 not out) and former Essex and England Under-19 stroke player Stephen Peters (146) made the bulk of the runs at Northampton while Scotland seamer John Blain took three for 99.

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