Delray Rawlins Sussex teammates begin their Specsavers County Championship Division Two Season by taking on Leicestershire in a Four Day First Class match at The 1st Central County Ground.
David Wiese hit a counterattacking half-century, before overseas debutant Mir Hamza excited with a spell of skillful swing bowling that brought him three wickets as bowlers dominated on the opening day.
Batting first Sussex were bowled out for 173 and at the close of play Leicestershire trail by 42 runs with five wickets in hand.
Leicestershire seamer Tom Taylor took career-best figures of 6 for 47, Taylor took three wickets in six balls to help reduce Sussex to 38 for 5 after an uncontested toss, before David Wiese counter-attacked with 51 to which took Sussex to 173.
Hamza then picked up three wickets as Leicestershire slumped to 59 for 5 before Lewis Hill - 40 not out and Harry Dearden - 26 not out fought back to take their side for 131 for 5 when bad light ended play 11 overs early.