Nash ton forces stalemate
Chris Nash plundered his second hundred of the season against title-chasing Nottinghamshire to secure Sussex a draw on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division One match.
The opening batsman made full use of a Trent Bridge pitch offering nothing to the bowlers to hit 162, including 22 fours and a six, in an innings lasting just over six hours, sharing an opening partnership of 216 with Ed Joyce, who made 98.
By the time Nash fell to Andy Carter, Sussex were only 35 behind and, despite losing Luke Wells for 59 and Michael Yardy shortly after tea, the two sides settled for a draw with Sussex finishing on 385 for five.
The result meant Notts extended their unbeaten run for the season to 11 and put them back on top of the table, ahead of Warwickshire by virtue of not yet having lost a match. Sussex leap-frogged Middlesex into fourth.
Sussex had spent the best part of two days in the field, watching Notts compile a massive first innings total of 520 for four declared and were still 203 behind at the start of the day’s play.
However, with the pitch getting flatter as the day went on and without a frontline spinner to trouble them, Nash and Joyce were never really tested as they worked to avoid an innings defeat.
Nash continued to drive with assurance and brought up his century in the 61st over off 187 balls, having hit 16 fours - adding to his 128 against the same opposition at the PROBIZ County Ground earlier this summer.
It took a stunning piece of athleticism to end the partnership as Michael Lumb leapt high to his left to catch Joyce at midwicket when the former England batsman tried to bring up a century with a clip off his legs.
Any hopes Notts had that they might force a collapse were swiftly doused by new batsman Wells, who added to his first-innings 54 with a succession of confident boundaries.
Notts tried to bounce out the batsmen and Nash did eventually fall to Carter when he pulled the seamer to deep square-leg, but by that stage a draw was all but guaranteed.
After tea Wells gave Riki Wessels his first wicket in English cricket with a return catch to the part-time off-spinner, with Yardy caught at mid-on off the next over from Harry Gurney.
Despite Murray Goodwin coming down the track and being bowled by Samit Patel for 30, the teams shook hands at 5:15pm as the match finished in a draw.