County Championship: Luke Wood hits first hundred for Notts

Luke Wood
Nottinghamshire's Luke Wood is only making his fifth first-class appearance
LV= County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge (day one)
Nottinghamshire 255: Wood 100, W Gidman 57; Magoffin 6-109
Sussex 39-3: Machan 20; Wood 2-24
Nottinghamshire lead by 216 runs
Nottinghamshire 3 pts, Sussex 3 pts
Match scorecard

Teenager Luke Wood hit a magnificent century as Nottinghamshire's lower order rallied against Sussex on a rain-affected opening day at Trent Bridge.

Steve Magoffin (6-109) ran through the top order as the hosts slumped to 55-6.

But 19-year-old Wood, who had a previous best score of 26, hit 100 off 96 balls batting at number nine to lead the recovery with Will Gidman, who made 57 - his highest score for Notts.

Wood then picked up two wickets as Sussex reached 39-3 at stumps.

While the morning belonged to Magoffin and Sussex, the afternoon was dominated by left-hander Wood, who is playing in only his fifth first-class match.

He came in with Notts in deep trouble at 98-7, but proceeded to dominate the visitors' bowling attack in a knock which included 10 fours and six sixes.

Sussex celebrate
Steve Magoffin celebrates after removing James Taylor for nought

It was a different story at the start of the day as Magoffin removed Nottinghamshire opener Brendan Taylor lbw in his second over.

The wickets continued to tumble as Magoffin trapped captain James Taylor leg-before without scoring and Chris Jordan bowled the in-form Alex Hales as Notts found themselves 30-4 inside the opening hour.

The home side were soon six wickets down as Magoffin enticed Riki Wessels to edge behind and had Samit Patel caught in the slips before lunch.

After the interval, Gidman brought up his first half-century for Nottinghamshire since his move from Gloucestershire off just 59 balls.

The 30-year-old shared an eighth-wicket stand of 75 with Wood before he became Magoffin's fifth victim, as he edged to Jordan in the slips to leave Notts 173-8.

However, Wood then stepped things up as he began to launch the bowlers into the stands. He brought up his hundred with a quickly taken two before falling to Luke Wells the very next ball.

Sussex then got off to a poor start in difficult batting conditions as Wood removed Michael Yardy and Matt Machan, and Jake Ball trapped Wells lbw before bad light and rain stopped play with 18 overs still to be bowled.

Nottinghamshire centurion Luke Wood:

"It's probably the best feeling I've ever had on a cricket field.

"I wouldn't have thought I'd be anywhere near getting that, especially when we were 30 for four.

"I couldn't see us getting 200 as a team, let alone me getting a hundred but it's been pretty phenomenal how it has turned out and to get two wickets at the end has topped it off nicely.

"When I saw them all out on the boundary at the end I just thought my best option was to tuck it away for two and run hard and to get there was an unbelievable feeling."

Sussex captain Chris Nash:

"I was obviously delighted to win the toss and have them six down by lunch but fair play to Woody [Luke Wood], he came out and hit it everywhere to get to his hundred.

"It was difficult to protect all of the boundaries, especially the short side.

"I probably should have turned to Luke Wells a little earlier to change the pace, but Woody played really well."

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