Nottinghamshire v Sussex:
Match Preview | 27th July 2012
After the disappointment of Wednesday evening’s defeat in the t20 quarter finals Nottinghamshire return to LV= County Championship action when they face Sussex at Trent Bridge, from Friday.
The south coast side will travel to Nottingham in jubilant mood after they were victorious in their own quarter final clash, thanks to a sensational century from Scott Styris in their win over Gloucestershire.
Styris won’t feature in the 4-day match as Australian Steve Magoffin occupies the overseas slot in the championship but Sussex will still arrive with a strong squad, intent on reversing the result of the clash at Hove earlier in the season.
On that occasion Notts were triumphant by 7 wickets, a success that owed much to a career-best innings of 199 from Riki Wessels. The opener featured in a stand of 171 for the first wicket with Alex Hales, the county’s first hundred-plus stand for four years.
Zimbabwe-born batsman Murray Goodwin will eagerly be looking forward to his return to Trent Bridge. Sussex’s experienced middle order batsman has a phenomenal record on the ground, which included an innings of 170 last September, as Notts ended their season with a crushing innings defeat.
Goodwin has played in eight first class matches at Trent Bridge and scored an amazing tally of 1,029 runs at an average of 102.9 His haul includes five centuries and a best of 203 not out, which came in 2001 as he and Richard Montgomerie (160 not out) put on an unbroken 372 for the first wicket.
In 2008 it was Goodwin who also snatched the Pro40 title from Nottinghamshire’s grasp as he scored 87 not out from 64 balls as he and Mohammed Sami added 99 in the final eight overs of the match.
There have been 106 previous championship meetings between Notts and Sussex at Trent Bridge, with the home side holding a 44-20 advantage, with a further 42 matches being drawn.
The most recent win for the home side was in 2009 with Samit Patel taking the honours after returning figures of 6-84.
Their largest ever win in the fixture came way back in 1895 when they triumphed by an innings and 378 runs. There have been five Nottinghamshire double-hundreds recorded on home soil, with William Gunn doing it twice. The largest of those contributions came way back in 1897 when John Dixon made 268 not out – but the most recent was by Reg Simpson, who hit 216 in 1952.
In 1890 Notts scored 590, the largest team total put on here against Sussex, whilst the lowest was 46 in 1902.
The visitor’s highest team score in Nottingham is the 562 they scored in 1959, whilst in the drawn 1979 contest Riki Wessels’ father, Kepler scored exactly 100 in the Sussex second innings.
Nottinghamshire go into this weeks match still unbeaten in Division One and in second place, just one point behind Warwickshire. Sussex, who scraped a narrow 2-wicket success over Durham in their last match, lie fourth on 103 points, 21 behind Notts.
A couple of milestones to look out for this week: Samit Patel has taken 148 first class wickets and Adam Voges has batted 199 times in first class cricket.
Dave Bracegirdle provides ball-by-ball commentary on all of Nottinghamshire's LV= County Championship matches on behalf of BBC Radio Nottingham.