Smith fireworks fall short of rescuing win
LV County Championship - Division One
Trent Bridge - Day Four
Nottinghamshire 328 (C M W Read 88, M A Wagh 67) & 286 (C M W Read 83, S R Patel 54, D R Smith 4-58) v Sussex 243 (C D Nash 135, A R Adams 4-63) & 336 (D R Smith 80, J S Gatting 70, C D Nash 70, S R Patel 6-84
Nottinghamshire (20pts) beat Sussex (4pts) by 35 runs)
Nottinghamshire claimed second place in the LV County Championship Division One after beating relegated Sussex by 35 runs.
Samit Patel helped the hosts into the runner up spot with a career-best return of six for 84 in an entertaining day's play at Trent Bridge that gave Notts their first win in more than three months.
The visitors fell just 36 runs short of chasing down a victory target of 372 with half-centuries from Dwayne Smith, Chris Nash and Joe Gatting after Notts had earlier been bowled out for 286.
Smith smashed six sixes and three fours on his way to 80 off just 54 balls and was the last wicket to fall with eight overs remaining.
Resuming their second innings on 236 for seven, Notts veteran Mark Ealham fell lbw to Jason Lewry for 24 in his last first-class innings before retirement.
Andre Adams helped captain Chris Read add 42 runs in eight overs before edging Lewry to slip for 25 after hitting a six and three fours.
Read top-scored with 83, his sixth half-century of the season, to finish with 1,203 Championship runs before skying an attempted hook off Smith to Corey Collymore.
With 84 overs to chase their target Sussex enjoyed an excellent start with skipper Mike Yardy putting on 114 with Nash for the first wicket.
But Ealham struck to remove Yardy for 48 and Nash was trapped lbw by Luke Fletcher.
Ealham held onto an athletic diving catch off Murray Goodwin to give Patel his first wicket and Rory Hamilton-Brown followed in his next over.
Andrew Hodd was lbw to Ealham straight after tea and Robin Martin-Jenkins was caught off Patel before Smith ignited the fireworks.
The former West Indian international proceeded to smash the Notts bowlers around Trent Bridge.
But when Gatting chipped a simple catch to Alex Hales at midwicket, Piyush Chawla stumped off Patel and Collymore caught at cover with 63 still required the situation looked grim.
Smith however, promptly took 22 off Fletcher's next over to reduce the deficit but the two Patels
had the final say when he swept Samit into the hands of Akhil on the midwicket boundary.
Nottinghamshire will carry a 321-run lead into the final day against already-relegated Sussex at Trent Bridge.
The hosts, who only need to avoid defeat to overtake Somerset for second place in the final Division One table, reached 236-7 in their second innings by stumps on the third day.
Nottinghamshire slumped from an overnight position of 4-1 to 107-6 as Barbados pair Corey Collymore (2-34) and Dwayne Smith (3-50) shared five of the wickets to fall.
But Chris Read led his side out of trouble with an unbeaten 64 off 84 balls and was well supported in half-century stands by Akhil Patel (37) and Mark Ealham (23no).
Sussex came into the match requiring a victory and results elswhere to go their way to avoid the drop but relegation was confirmed on Thursday when they failed to pick up a full complement of batting bonus points.
Sussex's relegation to Division Two of the LV County Championship was confirmed after they suffered a batting collapse on day two at Trent Bridge.
Replying to Nottinghamshire's total of 328 the visitors, Division One champions three times in the last six years, slipped from 80-1 to 243 all out.
Chris Nash made 135 at the top of the order but his efforts were to prove in vain, Sussex's failure to claim maximum batting points meaning they cannot now overhaul any of their nearest rivals in the table.
Seamer Andre Adams picked up 4-63 while Samit Patel claimed 3-40 with his left-arm spin, the last six Sussex wickets falling for just 41 runs.
Nash was the seventh man out with the total on 218, the right-hander having hit 22 fours in his superb one-man effort that saw him face 196 deliveries.
Nottinghamshire lost Bilal Shafayat to reach the close on 4-1, giving them a narrow lead of 89, though the final result is now immaterial.
They had also been at the crease at the start of the day, Chris Read missing out on reaching three figures. The home team's skipper added just 10 runs to his overnight total of 78 before being trapped leg before by Corey Collymore.
Half-centuries from Mark Wagh and Chris Read frustrated relegation-threatened Sussex at Trent Bridge.
With the visitors needing to win and other results going their way in order to avoid the drop, they face a difficult three days ahead after Nottinghamshire closed on 294 for eight.
Mike Yardy opted to bowl first but early success was not forthcoming as Bilal Shafayat and Alex Hales added 70 for the opening stand - the second-highest of the campaign.
Hales was the first to go, lbw to an inswinger from Jason Lewry for 33 before Shafayat edged Dwayne Smith to Yardy at slip straight after lunch, five short of his fifty.
Wagh and Samit Patel rebuilt with another half-century stand before Robin Martin-Jenkins got the first of two wickets, Patel playing-on for 21 before Smith had Patel's brother Akhil lbw for nought.
Ali Brown made just 10 before Martin-Jenkins had him caught in the slips and with half the side out for 163 Notts were in the driving seat.
But skipper Read put on a defiant 76 partnership with Wagh for the sixth wicket to frustrate the visitors, who needed leg-spinner Piyush Chawla to pull them back into it.
He bowled Wagh with a big turner to end the batsman's 163-ball vigil and the Indian also had Mark Ealham lbw and bowled Andre Adams before the close.
However, Read stood firm, hitting 10 fours and a six, and the visitors will need to remove him early in the morning to keep themselves in with a chance of picking up the points they need.