LV County Championship Division One
Kent 162 (R Key 79, D Pattinson 5-22, C Shreck 4-65) & 293 (Azhar Mahmood 116, M van Jaarsveld 79) v Nottinghamshire 434-9 dec (M Ealham 130 no, S Patel 54, P Franks 52, M Wagh 52, D Stevens 4-70) & 24-0 Nottinghamshire (22pts) beat Kent (3pts) by 10 wkts
Nottinghamshire bagged 22 points in the opening game of the season after returning on Saturday morning to knock off the 22 runs they required for victory over Kent.
The hosts were dismissed for 293 in their second innings but poor light prevented Notts from completing the win on Friday evening.
Matthew Wood wasted little time, hitting three fours - one of which was all-run - on his way to an undefeated 17 from 20 balls, while fellow opener Will Jefferson took care of his average by making a circumspect five as the visitors won by 10 wickets.
A brilliant century from Azhar Mahmood on his Kent debut will not be enough to prevent from Nottinghamshire winning their LV County Championship Division One clash.
But as stoppages for bad light hampered the third day's play Nottinghamshire were unable to start their second innings before the close.
The visitors will begin the fourth day needing just 22 runs to win after Kent's second innings closed on 293.
Mahmood's 116 was the main feature of the day, spanning three hours and including a 138-run stand for the sixth wicket with Martin van Jaarsveld.
Jaarsveld hit a superb 79 to revive the innings from 85 for five, but hooked Darren Pattinson to long leg in the 62nd over to give the visitors their breakthrough with the score on 223 for six.
With Yasser Arafat having been sent to hospital complaining of abdominal pain, Kent's second innings closed on 293 for nine.
Pattinson claimed three for 63 and Charlie Shreck, Paul Franks and Graeme Swann claimed two wickets each.
Former Kent all-rounder Mark Ealham showed no mercy for his former employers as his sixth first class century for Nottinghamshire put the visitors firmly in control at Canterbury.
Ealham - who left Kent in 2004 after 14 years with the county - faced 216 balls on his way to an unbeaten 130.
His efforts helped Notts to 434-9, a first innings lead of 272 runs.
Samit Patel and Chris Read put on 76 in 17 overs before Ealham and Paul Franks put on a more sedate 87 from 31 overs for the eighth wicket.
Ealham survived a stumping chance on 99 off James Treadwell and reached his first century since July 2006 with a six lofted over mid-on off the same bowler.
Ealham finished with three sixes and 15 fours.
After skipper Read declared, Kent were asked to face 10 overs before stumps. They survived, crawling to 14 without loss, still needing 258 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
Nottinghamshire took the upper hand in their season-opening Liverpool Victoria County Championship against Kent at Canterbury on Wednesday.
The visitors bundled Kent out for just 162 in their first innings with Darren Pattinson and Charlie Shreck doing the damage.
Pattinson helped himself to 5-22 off 13 overs while Shreck claimed 4-65 off 20.4 as Martin van Jaarsveld, Matthew Walker, Darren Stevens and Ryan McLaren all departed for ducks.
Skipper Rob Key was the only man to show any real defiance for Kent as he dug in to score 79 from 163 balls before being trapped leg before by Shreck.
Despite losing openers Will Jefferson and Matthew Wood cheaply to Yasir Arafat, Notts reached 121-3 by the close of play with Mark Wagh (52 not out) and Samit Patel (23 not out) setting them on the way to securing a healthy first-innings lead.