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Nottinghamshire took a firm hold of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Sussex after bowling out the visitors for just 171.

Seamer Andy Carter led the way with 3- 41, while Luke Wells was the only Sussex man to reach 50 in a poor batting performance by the south coast side on a blameless Trent Bridge wicket.

Wells himself had three lives as he was dropped twice in the slips and also ran out his captain Michael Yardy for a duck, while several of his team-mates threw their wickets away with rash shots.

By the close Nottinghamshire had more than halved the deficit in reaching 88 for one, and will be aiming to build a convincing first-innings lead on day two, when they will resume 83 runs behind.

Andy Carter & Ben Brown

Andy Carter delights in Ben Brown's dismissal. The wicketkeeper was one of only two batsmen to pass 20 as Sussex subsided to 171 all out

Nottinghamshire’s opening bowlers Ben Phillips and Harry Gurney offered few easy runs in their opening spells, but it was Kiwi Andre Adams - the leading wicket-taker in first-class cricket this season - who struck first to remove Ed Joyce lbw in the 12th over.

Phillips followed up nine balls later when he had Chris Nash caught behind by wicketkeeper Chris Read, and things could have got worse for the visitors had Alex Hales held either of the straightforward chances offered to him at first slip by Wells on four and 18.

As it was, Hales took the third opportunity to come his way shortly after lunch when Phillips found the edge of Murray Goodwin’s bat.

Sussex were 74 for four after Wells took a suicidal run to midwicket and ran out Yardy without facing a ball, thanks to a direct hit from Riki Wessels.

Luke Wright’s wild slash at Adams saw Adam Voges take a sharp catch diving right at second slip and, although Wells and Ben Brown took the score past 100, the dismissal of Wells for 54 - edging a loose cut behind to Read off Gurney - led to a quick collapse.

Steve Magoffin backed away from Gurney and gave Read another catch before Carter mopped up the tail after tea - Brown lbw for 37, James Anyon fending a short ball to square-leg and Amjad Khan bowled.

Amjad did at least have Hales lbw, playing across the line, but that was as good as it got for Sussex, with Wessels hitting seven fours to finish 38 not out overnight, while Michael Lumb was unbeaten on 28.

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