Notts retain upper hand

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Nottinghamshire are well placed to close the gap on LV= County Championship Division One leaders Warwickshire after maintaining their strong position against Sussex at the PROBIZ County Ground.

Riki Wessels missed out on a double century by a solitary run as Nottinghamshire stretched their first-innings lead to 119 in the morning before being dismissed for 428.

Andy Carter then took three quick wickets, with Sussex slumping to 99 for four in reply before Murray Goodwin and Luke Wright led the fightback.

Goodwin ended a lean run that had seen him make just 39 in eight championship innings by closing the day on 52 not out while Wright continued his good form with an unbeaten 37.

The pair came together with Sussex still trailing by 20 runs, but put on 78 to take their side to 177 for four, a lead of 58 going into the final day.

Andy Carter

Nottinghamshire's Andy Carter struck thrice at the PROBIZ County Ground before an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 78 boosted Sussex

Sussex had staged a fightback in the morning after Nottinghamshire resumed on 320 for four - already 11 ahead.

Only two had been added to the overnight score when Adam Voges looped a catch off the leading edge to Monty Panesar at mid-on, giving James Anyon the first of three wickets.

Wessels passed his previous highest first-class score of 197 but fell agonisingly short of the double century he deserved when prodding at a good length delivery from Steve Magoffin to be caught behind. His innings, which included 33 fours and two sixes from 278 balls, lasted six hours and 21 minutes.

When Ben Phillips picked out Panesar, again off Anyon, Notts were 356 for seven but Chris Read ensured they took their lead past 100.

Read made 45 off 80 balls before becoming the ninth man out when his mis-timed drive off Chris Nash was caught by Anyon at mid-off.

Nash and Ed Joyce got Sussex's second innings off to a solid start with a partnership of 64 before the former was trapped lbw by Carter for 21.

Joyce followed six balls later, for 39, when he was bowled trying to cut a ball from Samit Patel which kept low.

When Gatting had his off stump knocked back by Carter, it meant Sussex had lost three wickets for just four runs.

Michael Yardy was lbw to Carter in the second over after tea but Goodwin and Wright dug in, with the former reaching his 50 off 124 balls.

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