Yorkshire marked their return to the First Division of the LV=County Championship with defeat by an innings and 12 runs against Sussex at Headingley.
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It was not the start to their 150th anniversary season that Yorkshire had been looking for and the setback ended a run of 18 consecutive Championship matches without defeat, the sequence stretching back to August 2011, when they went down at headquarters to Warwickshire.
Sussex imposed their authority throughout the match but Yorkshire can take some comfort from knowing that the losing margin would have been even greater but for late resistance on the third afternoon from Gary Ballance and Ryan Sidebottom.
Yorkshire were still 32 runs away from making Sussex bat again when they resumed the final day on 228 for eight with Ballance on 46 and Jack Brooks two.
Ballance immediately went to a solid-half century by reverse sweeping Monty Panesar for his fifth boundary but he had a life on 54 when Ed Joyce dropped a relatively simple catch at first slip off Chris Jordan.
Sussex immediately took the new ball when it became due after 80 overs and Ballance's swift response was to on-drive Jordan for a blistering boundary but the bowler soon ended the 27-run stand by having Brooks edging to Mike Yardy at second slip.
The arrival of last man Steven Patterson was the signal for Ballance to attempt to thrash some quick runs but he only succeeded in slogging Steve Magoffin high into the air for wicketkeeper Ben Brown to run towards short mid-wicket and hold the catch.
Ballance had made a gallant 63 off 137 balls with seven fours and in wrapping up the match Magoffin walked off with figures of five for 51 from 21.1 overs.
Yorkshire coach, Jason Gillespie, made no excuses for his side's lacklustre show.
"Sussex batted and bowled better than we did and when that happens you tend to go down so it was very disappointing," said the Australian.
"To get bowled out for 96 in the first innings was unacceptable and we recognise that fact. The batsmen have put their hands up and said that it was not good enough.
"They have worked hard but things didn't work out for them on this occasion and they will be trying very hard in next week's three-day friendly against Lancashire to make amends.
"It is too early to draw any conclusions and we knew that the standard of cricket was going to be challenging in the First Division but we were not up to it here."
Gillespie said there were no plans at the moment to move Ballance up the batting order and although Yorkshire had not fired in this game there would be no wholesale changes.
Sussex cricket manager, Mark Robinson, said he was delighted with the result and he particularly praised Magoffin's bowling in the second innings.
"It is still very early days but am very pleased with how the side have performed," said the former Yorkshire paceman.