LV County Championship - Division One
Sussex 339 (M W Goodwin 79, M H Yardy 64, C D Hopkinson 62, C E Shreck 4-82) & 243-3 (M W Goodwin 101 no, M H Yardy 93) v Nottinghamshire 558-7 dec (M A Wagh 128, B M Shafayat 118, M J Wood 98, W I Jefferson 80, O P Rayner 4-155)
Sussex (8pts) drew with Nottinghamshire (12pts)
Nottinghamshire's hopes of securing a precious victory at the Rose Bowl were dashed by a sublime 158-run partnership between Murray Goodwin and Michael Yardy.
Goodwin ended day four unbeaten on 101 and Yardy made 93 as Notts only managed to pick up three wickets on the final day.
The result does see Chris Read's men top the Division One table, however Notts will feel they should have picked up more than the 12 points acquired on the south coast after dominating the previous three days.
Resuming the final day on 7-0, Sussex suffered two early setbacks when Chris Nash (9) and Andy Hodd (12) fell to Charlie Shreck and Darren Pattinson respectively.
However, it was a match-saving third-wicket partnership from Goodwin and Yardy that frustrated Notts and boosted Sussex's hopes of maintaining their Division One status.
Yardy fell nine runs short of a richly deserved century when he dished up a return catch to Rob Ferley, however Goodwin passed his century with skipper Chris Adams at the crease before both side's declared the match a draw.
Mark Wagh's first first-class century for more than a year helped second-placed Nottinghamshire to take control of their County Championship match against Sussex at Hove.
The visitors effectively batted Sussex out of the match by piling up 558-7 to lead by 219 on first innings.
Nottinghamshire's late declaration left Sussex an awkward six overs to negotiate and openers Chris Nash and Mike Yardy survived to take the hosts into the final day on 7-0.
Nottinghamshire will go top of the table if they can secure at least a draw and a superb fourth-wicket stand of 173 between Wagh and Matthew Wood (98) means they should have done more than enough.
Sussex managed on five wickets in tough bowling conditions as they come to terms with the retirement of talismanic spinner Mushtaq Ahmed.
Wagh and Wood were eventually both removed by James Kirtley after a wicketless afternoon session for the defending champions.
Bilal Shafayat struck his second Championship century of the season and shared an opening stand of 157 with Will Jefferson as Nottinghamshire dominated the second day against defending champions Sussex.
Shafayat's 118 from 198 balls helped his side to 259-2 at the close - only 80 behind Sussex's first-innings score of 339 at Hove.
There were 16 fours and a six in Shafayat's fluent 100 before his stay was eventually ended when he was clean bowled by left-arm swing bowler Jason Lewry.
Sussex went wicket-less between lunch and tea after adding only 47 to their overnight score for the loss of their last five wickets.
Fast bowler Charlie Shreck produced a burst of 4-8 in the space of 27 balls as Sussex, resuming on 292-5, were skittled out in 91 minutes.
Shreck's return of 4-82 in 25 overs extended his wickets tally for the season to 51, and he struck first by bowling Carl Hopkinson (62) with his first delivery of the day.
Hopkinson's overnight partner Robin Martin-Jenkins (35) later skied Shreck to mid-off before teenager Will Beer and James Kirtley both made ducks.
Shafayat and Jefferson got the Nottinghamshire reply off to an ideal start, and Jefferson (80) had struck eight fours and three sixes in making his highest score of the season before he was dismissed by Ollie Rayner.
Mark Wagh enjoyed an early let off on 16, being dropped off Rayner by Lewry running back from mid-off, and he was unbeaten on 31 at the close with his side in a strong position.
Sussex were aided by some useful partnerships as they made their way to 292-5 at the close on the opening day's play at Hove.
Murray Goodwin top scored with 79, adding 96 for the fifth wicket with Carl Hopkinson to frustrate second-placed Nottinghamshire who had fought back well with three wickets from veteran Mark Ealham.
But it was Goodwin who was the mainstay of the afternoon, passing 1,000 runs for the seventh time in eight seasons when reaching 40, doggedly facing 164 balls before being trapped lbw by Darren Pattinson with the second new ball.
Mike Yardy (64) had passed 50 for only the fifth time this season to get his side off to a steady start in dull, cloudy conditions.
Yardy, dropped at the wicket on 16 off Pattinson, shared in an opening stand of 82 in 24 overs with Chris Nash, who fell leg-before just before lunch for 28 stretching forward to first-change paceman Ealham.
The former England all-rounder struck again in the third over after the interval with Andrew Hodd falling to a diving catch by wicketkeeper Chris Read having made only five, and he also had Yardy caught at the wicket.
But Goodwin and skipper Chris Adams batted smoothly to add 45 for the fourth wicket in a dozen overs until Adams was run out by Pattinson for 23, Goodwin having called for a quick single.
Hopkinson passed his half-century just before the close and remained unbeaten on 53 having added 27 with Robin Martin-Jenkins for the sixth wicket.