Adam Voges hit 136 to set-up a competitive declaration for Nottinghamshire but an unbroken stand of 109 between Luke Wright and Carl Hopkinson helped Sussex to bat out a draw at Horesham.

As expected, Notts scored quickly to reach 531-6 before asking Sussex to bat with Chris Read (25 not out) and Ali Brown (42) picking up after Voges went lbw.

Openers Yardy and Nash got Sussex off to a reasonable start but the removal of number three Ed Joyce, caught and bowled by Samit Patel, sparked a mini-collapse.

Nash and Goodwin quickly followed to turn 128-1 into 140-4 but Wright and Hopkinson took the score to 249-4 and Read offered the draw.

“We had a sniff at 140 for 4 but it was always going to be a big ask to take 20 wickets on such a flat pitch,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“It’s a positive result for us because we’ve closed the gap on Somerset and we’ve still got ambitions to catch Durham.

“We’ve got a high concentration of home games in the next few weeks and that makes results more likely.”