Second Eleven Friendly - Day three of three
Notts 392 & 168 lost to Sussex 302 & 263-6 by 4 wickets

Nottinghamshire’s Second Eleven suffered a narrow defeat against Sussex at Horsham as the hosts reached their victory target with four overs to spare.

Resuming on  61-4 on the final day at Horsham, Notts struggled to dominate the Sussex bowling on a deteriorating pitch. A determined 37 from Ollie Swann enabled Notts to set Sussex 259 to win in a minimum of 51 overs.

Joe Gatting threatened to win the match on his own with a whirlwind 85 before he was bowled by Scott Elstone, the third wicket to fall.

Elstone then claimed a further four victims to finish with 5-77.

At one stage with just eleven overs to bowl Sussex were 175-6 and if the other spinner in the side Sam Wood had not been seconded to Hove as cover for the injury hit first team, the result might have been different.

However Navid Gondal, with a championship century to his name, came in at number eight and hit the Notts attack to all parts with 54 from just 29 balls, helped by Devon Endersby with 42 from 25 balls, to steer Sussex home with four overs to spare.


In answer to yesterday’s poser regarding the ball hitting the umpire. On this occasion the square leg umpire did not see the ball being caught by Ali Brown as it ricocheted of the head of his colleague and called dead ball.

The laws seem to indicate that any action up to the time of the call of dead ball should stand & therefore the batsman was dismissed. Thankfully the injured umpire, although he did not stand again in the match, is recovering at home.