A rain-affected day of cricket at Horsham well and truly belonged to Sussex as they skittled Surrey out and then ate into their paltry total before play was abandoned.
Sussex seamers James Anyon and Steve Magoffin used the swinging conditions to rip out the heart of their opponent’s batting order, taking four wickets each as Surrey fell to 124 all out in 40.2 overs after being put into bat.
Naved Arif helped himself to the remaining two wickets and the bowlers were helped in no small part by some razor sharp catches in drizzly conditions.
Gareth Batty top scored for Surrey with 32.
Surrey got the early breakthrough they needed with the ball when Ed Joyce was caught behind for eight, but former Horsham player Chris Nash and Luke Wells soon got the Sussex innings going.
The pair put on 69 but straight after lunch Nash was caught by JJ Roy on 38 going for the rope, and just two overs later the heavens opened and play was abandoned with 63 overs played.
Wells - called up in place of the dropped Murray Goodwin - looks in good touch and will resume on 33 alongside skipper Michael Yardy (1 not out), and Sussex will be hoping the rain forecast for tomorrow stays away so they can build a sizable first innings total.