Lumb and Taylor torment Sussex

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Michael Lumb and James Taylor both notched centuries and Nottinghamshire-best scores to put their team in a strong position to push for LV= County Championship victory against Sussex at Trent Bridge.

Left-hander Lumb made Sussex pay, after being dropped at point by Murray Goodwin having not added to his overnight 28, by smashing 171 - his third four-day ton of the summer.

Long-time foil Taylor, who ended day two unbeaten on 106, was just as effective and the pair added 188 in 50 overs for the fourth wicket to carry the hosts to maximum batting points, a total of 443 for four and a huge 272-run lead.

By contrast, it was a chastening day for Sussex which underlined just how poorly they had batted in their first innings.

Michael Lumb

Michael Lumb cracked 27 fours and two sixes en route to 171 as Nottinghamshire established a huge lead over Sussex at Trent Bridge

Notts resumed 83 runs in arrears on 88 for one and, after Lumb’s let-off, soon began to make steady progress.

Opener Riki Wessels struck 43 from 93 balls and seven fours until his stumps were spreadeagled by Amjad Khan’s nip-backer.

Samit Patel joined Lumb and together they upped the tempo by adding a lively 90 in 20 overs, carrying Notts into the lead in the process.

Patel followed Wessels by using up 93 deliveries in reaching 43; he was caught by Michael Yardy in the slips off the part-time off-spin of Chris Nash.

That set the stage for Lumb and Taylor, who first steadily accumulated and then attacked after seeing off a testing spell from left-arm spinner Monty Panesar.

Lumb reached three figures from 192 balls by whipping Amjad to the fine-leg fence, the 18th of 29 boundaries in all.

He celebrated by pulling Amjad for a maximum and also gave Panesar the same treatment with a slog-sweep, but it was a series of flowing drives through the off-side that really caught the eye.

Lumb’s knock - that carried him to second in the list of leading Division One runs-scorers this season behind Somerset’s Nick Compton - was eventually ended when his leg stump was removed by Steve Magoffin.

Taylor was unaffected by that exit and went to his hundred from 195 balls by punching Amjad square through the off side for a 15th four, having earlier pulled the same bowler over the square-leg boundary for six to pass 50.

He put on an unbroken 71 for the fifth wicket with Adam Voges, who moved to 32 not out as Sussex’s suffering continued.

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