LV County Championship - Division One
Trent Bridge - Day four
Sussex 277 (M J Prior 131) & 259 (M J Prior 64) v Nottinghamshire 251 (M A Wagh 54, A C Voges 53, C D Collymore 4-47) & 212 (C M W Read 56, C D Collymore 4-60)
Sussex (19pts) beat Nottinghamshire (5pts) by 73 runs
Corey Collymore was the Sussex hero as his second innings figures of 4-47 inspired the south coast county to a 73-run victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Resuming the day on 114-5, the hosts were relying on a match-winning sixth-wicket partnership from captain Chris Read and Graeme Swann to see them to their winning target of 286.
However, when Read (56) and Swann (41) perished to Mushtaq Ahmed and Collymore within four runs of each other, Sussex took command.
All-rounder Mark Ealham (11) briefly rallied, however Collymore struck again after a smart catch from Luke Wright.
And after Mushtaq trapped Darren Pattinson LBW to claim the ninth wicket it was left up to the new Kolpak signing to complete the victory as he dismissed number 11 Charlie Shreck.
Matt Prior's gutsy 64 has put champions Sussex in control of their crunch Division One clash against leaders Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Sussex, still seeking a first victory of the season against opponents who already have two wins on the board, were able to set their hosts 286 to win - on the back of 195 runs in the match from their wicketkeeper.
After Prior had dug in for 64, sharing a sixth-wicket stand of 93 with Luke Wright in 259-3 all out on day three, Nottinghamshire struggled to 114-5 by stumps in pursuit of the biggest total at this ground so far this year.
Prior regularly scores at a-run-a-ball but his three-hour 50 was in stark contrast to his fluent first-innings hundred, taking him 132 deliveries and containing just six boundaries, as he proved he can dig in too when the situation demands.
A difficult target soon looked distant for the hosts when they slumped to 25-3, the luckless Will Jefferson caught behind off Corey Collymore down the leg-side and Matthew Wood edging on to Jason Lewry as he tried to take the bat away.
Mark Wagh edged an airy drive and fell to a neat slip catch by Carl Hopkinson, and Prior produced an even better take to snap up Patel way down the leg-side off Wright.
But Adam Voges did enough, before he was lbw on the back foot to Robin Martin-Jenkins to ensure that Notts took the match into its final day.
Corey Collymore claimed 4-47 to put Sussex in a strong position at the midway stage of their clash with Nottinghamshire.
The West Indies seamer dismissed Mark Wagh (54) and Adam Voges (53) to help the visitors battle back after a disappointing first session on day two.
If the morning had belonged to Notts then Sussex certainly held sway after lunch, picking up six wickets for just 90 runs.
Dropped twice before he reached double figures, Graeme Swann contributed 37 down the order before being the final man out, Collymore wrapping up the innings at 251.
That total gave the visitors a slender 26-run lead that they had extended to 96 by the close, losing two wickets in the process.
Charlie Shreck trapped Chris Nash lbw with the score on just 10 and Carl Hopkinson fell to Darren Pattinson for 21, the bowler getting his revenge after having the same batsman dropped at the start of the innings.
Matt Prior baled out Sussex with a superb century on the opening day against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Prior, who was discarded by England following the pre-Christmas tour of Sri Lanka, struck 131 after arriving at the crease with his side in trouble at 33-4 following skipper Chris Adams' decision to bat first.
That soon became 74-6 before Prior and Robin Martin-Jenkins (44) initiated a recovery by adding 142 for the seventh wicket.
Prior was in outstanding form, finding the boundary on 19 occasions, before being ninth out - bowled by Graeme Swann - having faced 174 balls.
That innings was enough to take him past 500 first-class runs for the season - having failed to make a half-century only once so far.
Sussex were all out shortly afterwards for 277. Darren Pattinson (3-77) and Swann (3-52) each finished with three wickets for the hosts, who came into the match as Division One leaders.
Nottinghamshire lost opening pair Will Jefferson (14) and Matt Wood (6) to reach 46-2 in reply by the close.