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Hussey ton marks his Notts return

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Nottinghamshire 369-9. Notts 4pts, Lancashire 3pts

30 June-3 July 2009 (1100-1800 BST)
Coverage: Live scorecard on BBC Sport website, Ceefax and mobiles

David Hussey
David Hussey has made a great start to his stay back with Notts

David Hussey marked his return to County Championship cricket for Nottinghamshire with a superb hundred against Lancashire at Trent Bridge.

The 31-year-old hit 21 fours and two sixes in his 126 off 145 balls as the hosts closed on 369-9.

Hussey shared a fifth-wicket stand of 170 with Ali Brown, who made 54, his fifth fifty in his last six innings.

Things might have looked rosier for the visitors had Hussey not been dropped by Mal Loye off Glen Chapple on 45.

Australian one-day international Hussey has returned to Trent Bridge for five weeks as temporary replacement for compatriot Adam Voges, on duty for Australia A against Pakistan A.

And, from the moment he pulled his third ball to midwicket for four off Steven Croft, it was apparent Hussey had lost none of the power and timing that had been a hallmark of his previous spell in county cricket.

As has been the case all too often in the past two seasons, the Nottinghamshire top order had crumbled early on.

But it looked an entirely different game from the moment Hussey, who hit 19 centuries in his first spell as overseas player with Nottinghamshire from 2004-07, came to the crease.

And there was a sense of inevitability well before he reached his 15th century at Trent Bridge by launching Gary Keedy for a straight six.

The part-time bowling of Karl Brown after tea produced unexpected results as first his Nottinghamshire namesake was caught down the leg-side, and then Hussey prodded a leading edge to Kyle Hogg at mid-on. But stubborn batting by Mark Ealham (18) and Ryan Sidebottom, with an unbeaten 35, his highest first-class score in eight years, maintained the pressure.

Lancashire wicket-keeper Luke Sutton told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We've got Freddie Flintoff and Jimmy Anderson away with England and Saj Mahmood playing for the Lions.

"Then we come here and find we've got Ryan Sidebottom, someone who's in the 16-man England squad, playing against us.

"I can't find an explanation for it. I feel for him as he's a good bowler. But it almost sends out the message to him 'Don't bother turning up for Lord's.

"Both sides had it mind that it was humid and it might swing. But we didn't bowl well enough for two sessions and, at tea, it could have gone away from us.

"But, in the last session, we came back really strong and, although Notts would say they've edged the day we're still in the game."

Notts batsman Ali Brown told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Huss is one of the most popular overseas players in the game and he's come back in with an impressive hundred.

"It was the first time I'd batted with him and he went a bit quicker than i did but it was nice just to ride on the back of it.

"We came together when the score was 116-4 so hopefully that's put us back in the game."

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