Nottinghamshire v Sussex: Ed Joyce helps visitors fight back

Ed Joyce
Joyce is averaging 73.16 in the Championship this summer, from 13 matches
LV= County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Close, day three: Sussex 391 & 244-3 v Nottinghamshire 413
Notts 7pts; Sussex 6pts
Match scorecard

Ed Joyce's seventh Championship century of the summer helped Sussex fight back against Nottinghamshire on day three.

Earlier, Sussex seamers Steve Magoffin (4-72) and Lewis Hatchett (4-99) saw Notts slip from 313-3 to 413 all out.

Despite James Taylor's 126, Notts only mustered a lead of 22, and Chris Nash (85) and Joyce's 152-run second-wicket stand took their side into the lead.

Joyce (115 no) then reached his century off 105 balls and stayed to the close as Sussex ended 244-3, 222 runs ahead.

Joy for Joyce
Ed Joyce is the second player to score 10,000 Division One Championship runs behind Murray Goodwin's 11-413.

Notts, chasing second place in the Championship, had looked in pole position going into the third day, but their chances of winning their final fixture of the summer receded after the early exploits of the Sussex bowlers.

Riki Wessels (15) was first to fall at Trent Bridge when he was lbw to Chris Jordan, before Taylor - having made his first Championship century of the campaign - was caught behind off Magoffin.

After being put down three times in a row, Samit Patel (41) eventually succumbed to Ashar Zaidi, as the final five wickets to fall went for a combined 21 runs.

Michael Yardy, opening for Sussex in place of Luke Wells, survived an early scare when Harry Gurney found the edge with his first ball and Alex Hales put it down, but soon after guided to Patel at second slip as Luke Fletcher claimed his 200th first-class victim.

But Nash and Joyce steadied their innings and guided them to a position where Sussex may have the chance of a declaration on the last day.

Notts seam bowler Luke Wood:

"It's been a bit strange, I'm not used to coming in and bowling to the likes of Ed Joyce and Chris Nash.

"But I'm very pleased with how it's gone so far and hope it can continue to go well on the final day.

"It's obviously everyone's dream to make their first-class debut and to do it at Trent Bridge, I'm delighted."

Sussex paceman Lewis Hatchett:

"I didn't bowl that well yesterday, but it went a little better today and I was pleased to get the wickets I did.

"The three drops is something I've never seen before and guess not many other people have either.

"I hope it doesn't ever happen again, but the boys have been catching so well this season - it was just a freak thing really."

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