LV County Championship - Division One
The Rose Bowl
Nottinghamshire 326 (L J Fletcher 92, M A Ealham 70 no, D A Griffiths 4-48) & 380-6 dec (A D Brown 148, C M W Read 116 no) v Hampshire 295 (J H K Adams 112, S R Patel 5-81) & 220 (J M Vince 75, N Pothas 63 no, D J Pattinson 4-53)
Nottinghamshire (20pts) beat Hampshire (5pts) by 191 runs
Darren Pattinson took 4-53 as Nottinghamshire battered Hampshire by 191 runs at the Rose Bowl to remain at the top of the County Championship table.
Starting the day on 9-1 chasing an unlikely 403 to win, Sussex eventually slumped to 220 all out despite teenager James Vince recording a career-best 75 and captain Nic Pothas unbeaten on 63.
England reject Pattinson was the star with four wickets as leaders Notts strengthened their position at the top of the table, while Hampshire suffered a second successive defeat.
Hampshire had the worst possible start when night-watchman James Tomlinson and opener Michael Carberry fell in successive overs.
Michael Lumb (26) and 18-year-old Vince then produced a partnership of 82 to give Hampshire some hope of salvaging a draw, only for Lumb to lose his wicket just before lunch in freakish circumstances as he chopped the ball onto his right boot and into the air to be gratefully collected by the bowler.
Pothas arrived at the crease to try to steady a rapidly sinking ship, but once Vince fell after a top edge from Fletcher to Adam Voges and Sean Ervine (21) was caught by Will Jefferson, the game was up.
Dominic Cork (four) wafted at a Mark Ealham delivery to give Read another catch before Pattinson took the new ball after tea to clear out the Hampshire tail.
Centuries from Ally Brown and Chris Read allowed Nottinghamshire to set Hampshire a victory target of 412 at the Rose Bowl.
Brown hammered 148 off 175 balls, including 24 fours, to lead the visitors out of early trouble at 47-4 in their second innings.
The former Surrey right-hander put on a chanceless 186 for the sixth wicket with Nottinghamshire skipper Read, who was unbeaten on 116 when he declared at 380-6 late on the third evening.
Hampshire's cause was not helped by Sean Ervine's absence due to a hamstring injury or by the loss in mid-over of James Tomlinson with a foot problem.
Hampshire reached stumps at 9-1 in their run chase after first-innings centurion Jimmy Adams (6) edged behind down the leg-side off Darren Pattinson (1-6) in the second over.
Michael Carberry (3no) and nightwatchman Tomlinson (0no) will resume on the final day with Hampshire requiring a further 403 runs for victory.
Samit Patel returned career-best figures to ensure Nottinghamshire finished day two of their match against Hampshire with a 39-run lead at the Rose Bowl.
The spinner, disciplined by England for a lack of fitness, claimed 5-77 as the hosts finished the day on 287-9 in reply to Notts' first innings total of 326.
Resuming on 305-8, Nottinghamshire added a further 21 runs before young pace bowler David Griffiths mopped up the tail by dismissing Darren Pattinson and Charlie Shreck in quick succession to finish with figures of 4-48 - Mark Ealham left unbeaten on 70.
James Adams and Michael Carberry shared an opening stand of 57 for Hampshire before the former perished for 27, but Michael Lumb then formed a useful alliance with Adams putting on 109 for the second wicket.
The partnership was finally broken by Patel who lured Lumb down the pitch for a stumping to claim his first wicket.
Adams continued purposefully and despite the loss of James Vince (13) at the other end made it through to three figures.
However, his fine innings rather ended in anti-climax as he prodded Patel to short leg where Bilal Shafyat held the catch to send him on his way for 112.
Patel went on to make full use of the turning wicket, accounting Nic Pothas (36), Imran Tahir (duck) and Griffiths (one) leaving last-wicket duo Dominic Cork (21 not out) and James Tomlinson at the crease by stumps.
Nottinghamshire tail-ender Luke Fletcher rescued his side with a career-best 92 as the visitors recovered from 147 for seven to 305 for eight at the close.
The pace bowler was making only his fifth first-class appearance for the county, and with a previous best of eight was not expected to extend the innings to any great degree.
But he teamed up with former England all-rounder Mark Ealham to add 152 for the eighth wicket as the pair tamed the home attack on a typically lively wicket at the Rose Bowl.
Fletcher hit some thunderous drives, quickly reaching his half century from only 62 balls, and took good advantage of a short leg-side boundary to hit Imran Tahir's spin for three sixes.
But he was badly missed twice, by Michael Lumb at long on when 27 and by Jimmy Adams at mid-wicket when 56, both off skiers which should have been held.
Ealham, giving Fletcher as much of the strike as possible, pulled Dominic Cork for a six on his way to an enterprising 94-ball 50 but Hampshire had no answer to the assault as the wicket eased through the day.
Earlier, openers Bilal Shafayat and Will Jefferson were both gone with the score at 34 before Samit Patel, in need of runs to get back into the England reckoning, made 41 after being dropped at the wicket before he had scored.
David Griffiths dismissed Shafayat and then Mark Wagh before Patel was caught behind after hitting seven fours.
The rest was processional with Adam Voges leg before to Tahir and Ali Brown caught in the slips off Sean Ervine.
Chris Read was another victim of Ervine who went in at tea with figures of three for 14, but he was injured running in to bowl after the break and with him out of the attack Fletcher and Ealham took over.
The youngster looked set to reach a maiden century but was bowled by a quicker ball from Tahir, while Ealham and Darren Pattinson took their side past 300 before stumps.