Goodwin ton boosts Sussex

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Murray Goodwin

Murray Goodwin's unbeaten 117 helped put Sussex into a position of strength after they closed on 312 for six against Nottinghamshire

Murray Goodwin struck his fourth LV= County Championship hundred of the summer to help Sussex reach 312 for six on day one against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The 38-year-old hit 14 fours from 241 balls and shared in century partnerships with Ed Joyce and 20-year-old Matt Machan, who made an accomplished 71 on his championship debut.

Goodwin had reached 117 not out at the close - the sixth century of his career against Nottinghamshire - in what was a chanceless innings.

Seamer Charlie Shreck, making his farewell appearance for Nottinghamshire having agreed to move to Kent at the end of the season, picked up two wickets, while Andre Adams claimed 3-79 to bring his haul for the campaign to 65.

With both sides safe from relegation and out of the title reckoning, there was a distinct end-of-season feel to some of the early play as bowlers and batsmen struggled to contend with a strong, blustery cross-wind.

Shreck made the breakthrough in the ninth over of the day when Chris Nash was lbw to a full inswinging delivery, while Adams removed Joe Gatting’s off stump in the next over.

Joyce and Goodwin profited from several half-volleys to drive through the covers as they reached lunch without further alarm.

There was minor controversy soon after the interval when Joyce refused to walk having apparently edged Adams to Alex Hales at first slip on 49, with umpires Tim Robinson and Rob Bailey conferring before giving the batsman the benefit of the doubt.

Adams did get his man eight overs later with a sharp low catch by Steven Mullaney at second slip. Joyce had hit eight fours in his 134-ball 63.

Sussex captain Michael Yardy survived a big lbw shout first ball and went on to make 29, falling just before tea by edging Luke Fletcher to Chris Read.

Youngster Machan had been given the ideal opportunity in which to make his maiden championship appearance and batted with confidence, coming down the track to spinner Graeme White and punching several neat boundaries through the off side.

Having dominated a fifth-wicket partnership of 114 in 30 overs with Goodwin, the left-hander eventually fell to the new ball as Adams leapt high at third slip for a catch off Shreck.

Ben Brown was unfortunate to play on to Adams, the ball trickling on to the stumps after he fended off his ribs.

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