County Championship: Ollie Robinson takes career-best 8-34 as Sussex skittle Middlesex for 75 at Hove

England Lions fast bowler Ollie Robinson has taken 48 wickets in eight County Championship matches this season
England Lions fast bowler Ollie Robinson has taken 48 wickets in eight Championship matches this season
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, 1st Central County Ground, Hove (day one):
Middlesex 75: Eskinazi 24; Robinson 8-34
Sussex 126-3: Wells 52; Roland-Jones 2-34
Sussex (3 pts) lead Middlesex (1 pt) by 53 runs with 7 wickets remaining

Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson took a career-best 8-34 to put his side well on top as Middlesex were bowled out for just 75 on day one at Hove.

After striking with his first ball, England Lions man Robinson was at one point on course to take all 10 wickets.

But, having been reduced to 44-8, last man Tim Murtagh hit 20 not out as Middlesex were shot out in 21.4 overs.

The hosts initially struggled in reply and were 15-3 before Luke Wells 52* and Alex Carey 46* steadied the ship.

Rain delayed the start of the match until 14:30 BST but Robinson soon made up for lost time, claiming opener Sam Robson with the first delivery of the match.

The former Yorkshire paceman has now taken 48 wickets in eight County Championship matches this season - and he was immediately rewarded with his county cap by Sussex.

Stevie Eskinazi ended up the Middlesex top scorer with 24, while Murtagh, fresh from his heroics at Lord's with Ireland, was the only other visitor to make double figures, hitting three boundaries as he swung lustily at the end.

Sussex fast bowler Ollie Robinson:

"I have got a wicket before with the first ball, against Hampshire a couple of years ago, so it was a nice feeling to do it again and I got on a bit of a roll.

"The pitch didn't do massive amounts, it just did enough to get the nicks. There was a bit of bounce as well and the wickets just came.

"When I got the eighth wicket I was definitely thinking about all 10. And, when Tom Haines got the ninth I was still angry because I thought I'd got Toby Roland-Jones lbw in the previous over.

"But it was still a good day. Then I walked off and got my cap which was a nice moment and out of the blue. I am really chuffed, especially as my family were here too. It means a lot."

Middlesex batsman Steve Eskinazi told BBC Radio London:

"It was a hugely disappointing day for us. Hats off to Ollie Robinson though. That was one of the best spells you will see in first-class cricket.

"He hit the same length over and over again and there was just enough seam movement for him as well.

"It was a very special spell. As good as you will see with the red ball. But we have to be better than that.

"We've come back from situations like that in the past and we will have to do so again."

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