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Northants heading for defeat

Bottom of the table Northamptonshire are heading for another defeat in the LV= County Championship after Sussex's Steve Magoffin wrecked their batting with five wickets on the second day of their Division One fixture at Hove.

After Sussex had been bowled out for 405, Magoffin took three wickets in 10 balls as Northamptonshire lost skipper Stephen Peters, James Kettleborough and Matt Spriegel without a run on the board.

From the ruins of 65 for six the visitors recovered slightly but were all out for 116 in just 37.3 overs and followed on 289 runs behind.

Considering what had happened earlier in the day there was every prospect that Sussex could hustle their visitors to a two-day defeat - and although Northamptonshire offered more resolve after tea, they still lost three second-innings wickets.

James Middlebrook mistimed a hook to long leg off, Matt Hobden breached Kettleborough's flimsy defences while Peters was run out by Luke Wright's direct hit from mid-off as they closed on 80 for three, still 209 behind.

Magoffin is now the country's leading wicket-taker with 44 after claiming his third five-wicket haul of the summer.

He began the rout by uprooting Peters' middle and off stumps with his third delivery. Kettleborough edged the fifth ball of the innings to third slip and Spriegel was bowled with the last ball of his second over.

Hobden and Lewis Hatchett provided excellent support and it was a day when every bowling change seemed to work for skipper Ed Joyce.

Rob Newton was leg before to Hobden's first legitimate delivery before Magoffin claimed his fourth wicket courtesy of a stunning catch to his left by wicketkeeper Ben Brown off Kyle Coetzer's inside edge.

Ben Duckett edged the first ball of a new spell by Hatchett to Brown and then Magoffin returned for a third time and with his third ball drew Middlebrook half-forward and ended the opener's 102-minute vigil.

There was no way back for Northamptonshire from 65 for seven but Andrew Hall and Steven Crook did add 21 for the eighth wicket before another bowling change brought immediate reward.

Joyce brought a fielder into a catching position at short midwicket and Hall duly drove Steffan Piolet's second ball straight to him.

David Willey was leg before to a delivery that kept a shade low and Crook, who had made a century at Lord's last week, was last out for 24 when he drove slow left-armer Ashar Zaidi to long on.

Earlier, Sussex's last four wickets had added a further 86 runs with Luke Wright finally dismissed for 158.

He was struck on the forearm by a lifting delivery from Hall and dropped at long leg on 148 by Oliver Stone before holing out to long off, having faced 228 balls and hit 24 fours and a six.

Hall also picked up the wicket of Magoffin to finish with four for 77 while James Tredwell was bowled by a delivery from Crook that kept low and Hobden was caught at mid-on off a leading edge.

Lyth said: "I think we would take 367 for seven every day of the week after being put in to bat on that type of wicket.

"It seamed around a bit and Alex and I batted pretty well but we could have been out early on and we rode our luck a bit early doors and cashed in.

"You have to bowl full and straight on this pitch and I thought Durham bowled better later in the day.

"I seem to be in a good place with my batting at the moment and long may it continue.

"Many captains would have bowled first on that pitch but we were always going to bat and Alex and I got going very well at the top of the order."

Durham's Wood said: "We managed to get more swing later on than previously and once we got one wick et our confidence grew and we were suddenly on a roll.

"We didn't bowl particularly well at the start and we gave them too many fours and lost a bit of momentum.

"We were not sure how the pitch would play but thought 'let's get the best out of it and see what happens'."