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Naveed stars in Sussex romp

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Luke Fletcher

Luke Fletcher's lower-order resistance was too little, too late for Nottinghamshire, who lost by an innings and five runs to Sussex

Sussex needed little more than an hour to wrap up victory in the LV= County Championship over Nottinghamshire by an innings and five runs at Trent Bridge as the home side collapsed for the second time in the match.

Resuming on 103 for four and needing 74 runs at the start of the day to force Sussex to bat again, Notts lost their last six wickets for 54 runs in 11.3 overs.

Seamer Naveed Arif Gondal picked up a championship-best 4-41 and, despite some lusty blows from tail-ender Luke Fletcher, who hit three sixes and as many fours before he was last out for 39, the game was finished by 11.40am.

The result meant the two sides switched positions in the Division One table, with Sussex finishing in fifth on 182 points, nine ahead of Notts, whose reign as defending champions will come to an end this afternoon.

With a pleasant morning’s sunshine and not a breath of wind, the two teams could not have wished for better conditions for the final day of the season.

But the Notts batsmen were already thinking ahead to their holidays with a succession of feeble shots.

Steven Mullaney’s nightmare season came to a close when two bouncers from James Anyon proved too much for the right-hander, who hooked straight to deep square-leg for 24.

Skipper Chris Read was the first of Naveed’s four victims, losing his off-stump after failing to go forward.

None of the tail-enders looked likely to keep out Naveed’s in-swinging deliveries and it was no surprise to see Graeme White comprehensively cleaned up, with Andre Adams edging to first slip two balls later.

Fletcher brought out the long handle to clobber three sixes in six balls, but saw Paul Franks sky Naveed to point before he holed out to long-off in the next over from Amjad Khan.

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