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Sussex exit with defeat by Notts

Nottinghamshire 328 and 286, Sussex 243 and 336
(Notts 6pts, Sussex 4pts)

Samit Patel
Samit Patel has played 11 one-day internationals for England

Samit Patel took a career-best 6-84 to help beat relegated Sussex by just 35 runs and earn Nottinghamshire second place in the County Championship.

Notts added 50 runs to their overnight 236-7 before being bowled out for 286, to leave Sussex chasing 372 to win.

But, despite Dwayne Smith hitting six sixes in a dynamic 80 from 54 balls, they fell just short on 336.

Chris Nash and Joe Gatting weighed in with 70 apiece, but Patel took the last three wickets to end Sussex hopes.

Smith's was the last wicket to fall, with eight overs remaining, to earn Notts their first win in more than three months.

Earlier, Notts had been bowled out for 286, captain Chris Read top-scoring with 83, his sixth half-century of the season to finish with 1,203 Championship runs.

Veteran Mark Ealham did not last long in his final first-class innings before retirement, being lbw to Jason Lewry.

But Andre Adams helped Read add 42 runs in eight overs. And that left Sussex with 84 overs to chase their target.

They enjoyed an excellent start as skipper Mike Yardy helped put on 114 with Nash for the first wicket.

But Ealham then struck to remove Yardy for 48 and Nash was lbw to Luke Fletcher soon after being dropped by Ali Brown at slip.

Ealham showed tremendous athleticism to dive forward at mid-on and hold onto a catch off Murray Goodwin to give Patel his first wicket, Rory Hamilton-Brown following in freakish fashion in the spinner's next over.

His sweep rebounded off Patel's younger brother Akhil at short leg to Read behind the stumps.

When Andrew Hodd was lbw to Ealham straight after tea and Robin Martin-Jenkins looped a bat-pad catch off Patel to Brown, Notts seemed certain to wrap up victory with ease.

But former West Indian international Smith had other ideas and, after surviving a run-out chance on six, he proceeded to smash the Notts bowlers all round Trent Bridge.

Gatting chipped a simple catch to Alex Hales at midwicket. But Smith carried on clearing the ropes until the two Patels had the final say, Smith sweeping to Akhil on the midwicket boundary off Samit's bowling.

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