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Nash best helps Sussex get on top

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Sussex 326-3
(Sussex 3pts, Somerset 1pt)
19-22 August 2009

Chris Nash
Nash set his previous career best 134 also against Somerset two months ago

Chris Nash hit a career-best score against Somerset for the second time this season as Sussex ran up 326-3 on a one-sided opening day at Taunton.

Having made 134 at Hove in June against the same opponents, the opener helped himself to 157 on a dry pitch that offered scant assistant to any bowler.

Murray Goodwin contributed an unbeaten 96 after the visitors had won the toss.

Somerset opted to play three spinners, having struggled to bowl sides out this season, but it made little difference.

The hosts missed just two chances to make an impression.

Nash was dropped by Arul Suppiah at short-leg off Omari Banks on 27 and Goodwin survived a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter before he had scored, both opportunities coming immediately after a wicket had fallen.

Michael Yardy was first to go, caught behind off Charl Willoughby for 15 with the total on 44. And, if Suppiah had held the sharp chance offered by Nash without addition it might have been a different story.

Instead, Ed Joyce helped take the score to 84-1 at lunch.

Then after Joyce fell lbw to Peter Trego for 37 on 142-2, just one run later the diving Kieswetter failed to get a hand to Goodwin's glance, which got him off the mark with a boundary.

By tea, Sussex had progressed sedately to 192-2, with Nash just two short of his hundred which came shortly after the break off 195 balls, 15 of which went to the boundary.

Justin Langer strangely waited until the 87th over to take the new ball at 269-2. But perhaps the Somerset skipper realised it would make little difference.

Nash moved past his previous best score and then got to 150 with a pulled six off Willoughby before finally being taken by Suppiah, a good low catch at backward point diving to his left.

With no hint of swing for Willoughby, Alfonso Thomas and Trego - and little sign of turn for Banks, Suppiah and Max Waller - it was another day of frustration for Somerset on their batsman-friendly pitches.

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