Sussex opener Joyce helps send Notts to first defeat

LV County Championship Division One, Hove
Sussex 304 & 187-1 beat Nottinghamshire 145 & 342 by nine wickets
Sussex 22pts, Nottinghamshire 3pts
Match scorecard
Ed Joyce
Former England one-day player Joyce has passed 500 runs for the season

Sussex opener Ed Joyce made an unbeaten 88 as county champions Nottinghamshire suffered a first defeat of the summer.

Joyce was ably assisted by Chris Nash (57) and Luke Wells (38no) as Sussex reached 187-1 to win by nine wickets.

Following on, Notts were bowled out for 342, Andre Adams hitting four sixes in his 64 off 44 balls, while Adam Voges (58) and Samit Patel (55) contributed.

James Anyon (4-104) took his tally to eight wickets in the match, Monty Panesar and Amjad Khan taking two each.

Sussex pick up their second victory in five matches on their return to the top flight, having previously beaten Durham last month.

With Lancashire not in action in this round of matches, Notts return to the top of the Division One table.

Mick Newell's previously unbeaten side, who had three wins and a draw from their first four County Championship games, edge above Lancashire thanks to their haul of three bonus points.

It was a disappointing second innings for England pair Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, who both finished wicketless and went at more than four an over.

Earlier, Panesar bowled 27 balls at the start of the day without conceding a run and it paid off when Samit Patel, who had added only six to his overnight score, cut the spinner to backward point.

Nightwatchman Swann, who had hit four boundaries in his innings of 25, swatted Anyon to fine leg before Amjad got rid of Notts captain Chris Read for 22.

Steven Mullaney, who had suffered a hairline jaw fracture on the second day, hit his first ball for six, but could not add to his score, falling fell six balls later.

Broad's breezy innings of 26 ended when he was caught behind off an Anyon delivery which nipped back.

Voges and Adams then put on 80 in 12 overs to give Notts hope of winning, but Anyon dismissed both to leave Sussex a target of 184, which they did for the loss of just Nash.