Nottinghamshire batsman Samit Patel notched his first Championship hundred of the season to frustrate Division One leaders Sussex at Hove.
The visitors had been reduced to 112-6 shortly after lunch on the first day of the LV= County Championship clash after two explosive spells by Chris Jordan brought him four wickets.
But Patel dragged his side out of trouble with an impressive 157 before becoming Jordan's fifth victim in the penultimate over of the day as Nottinghamshire closed on 321-8.
On a green-tinged pitch offering consistent pace and carry, Sussex's decision to insert the visitors soon paid dividends. Alex Hales was bowled by Jordan's third ball in the second over then Jordan took a neat catch at slip to remove Michael Lumb, who had been squared up by Steve Magoffin.
Ed Cowan and James Taylor staged a recovery of sorts, taking the score to 50, before Jordan returned to the attack to remove both batsmen before lunch, Taylor edging to wicketkeeper Ben Brown and Cowan leg-before, although the Australian clearly felt the ball might have gone on to pass over the stumps.
Notts skipper Chris Read gave Patel good support in a stand of 40 for the fifth wicket after lunch before he edged a beauty from Jordan, and Steven Mullaney became Magoffin's second victim, caught behind playing away from his body to leave Notts struggling on 112-6.
Paul Franks was dropped twice as he helped Patel, playing with increasing authority against both Sussex's seamers and Monty Panesar's left-arm spin, add 92 before he was finally dismissed for 36 when James Anyon's yorker breached his defences.
But by then Patel was well set and he lofted Panesar over long on for six to move to 97 and struck his 11th boundary off the next ball to reach the 15th first-class hundred of his career.
Patel's third 50 was scored off 41 balls as he and Ajmal Shahzad added 114 in 28 overs for the eighth wicket before a tiring Patel took on a short ball from Jordan and got a top edge which Ed Joyce, running back from second slip, held onto.
Patel's 157 came off 199 balls with 17 fours and a six while Jordan's fifth wicket of the innings means he is joint-leading wicket-taker in Division One with 30 victims, the same number as team-mate Magoffin and Middlesex's Tim Murtagh.