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Sussex trio enjoy good day

Ed Joyce, Rory Hamilton-Brown and Chris Jordan each had sufficient reasons to enjoy the third day of their Sussex's LV= County Championship Division One match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Joyce moved on to an unbeaten 204 before declaring his team's first innings closed on 506 for five, while Hamilton-Brown celebrated his first Sussex hundred since September 2009 having returned to the club over the winter.

Their stand of 232, a new county fifth-wicket record against Nottinghamshire, was eventually broken when Hamilton-Brown, playing his 100th first-class innings, was caught down the leg side by Chris Read, giving Luke Fletcher his third victim of the innings.

Sussex paceman Jordan, the leading wicket-taker in Division One, then took his number of dismissals to 41 as he picked up the first four scalps to fall in the reply, Nottinghamshire slumping to 106 for four before closing on 223 for six, still 283 runs adrift.

Riki Wessels made 49 before a mistimed pull off Jordan ballooned to Monty Panesar at mid-on and Steven Mullaney, opening the batting for the first time in his career, was bowled for 30.

Samit Patel and David Hussey were blown away cheaply by Jordan, each falling to well-directed short-pitched deliveries, with Patel fending off to short-leg for three and the Australian edging behind for just six on his championship return to Trent Bridge.

Jordan might have had a fifth wicket but Chris Nash put down a chance at third slip off James Taylor, who made Sussex pay by ending the day on 81 not out.

Panesar winkled out both Read, for 45, and Paul Franks for just a single during the closing stages as the home side ended the day on the back foot.

Hamilton-Brown could have been forgiven for not enjoying his previous visits to Nottinghamshire, making scores of one and four on his only other championship appearance, to add to one-day performances of one, two and two.

This time he shook off those demons to complete a seventh career century, despite being put down by Wessels, at deep midwicket, when on 96.

Joyce was also reprieved, by Hussey at slip, when on 138 but he then powered on to reach the second double-hundred of his career, coming from 239 balls faced, having hit 24 boundaries and three sixes.

The 34-year-old eventually declared after Patel had been taken for 26, from what turned out to be the final over of the innings.

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