Ben Compton top-scored for Nottinghamshire’s Second XI as they were dismissed for 222 on the first day of their three-day match against Sussex at Lady Bay.

On a day when no other Notts batsman bar Nick Kimber (44) passed 20, the 25-year-old anchored the innings with a patient knock, his 87 runs coming from 199 balls and featuring eight boundaries.

Batting at three, Compton was in the middle from the second ball of the day after Chris Gibson was bowled for a duck.

Alongside Ben Slater, the left-hander built a 31-run stand before Slater departed to Jared Warner for 20.

Thereafter, Compton could only watch on as wickets fell at the other end, with partnerships of 30 with Louis Bhabra (15) and 29 with Jack Blatherwick (20) offering the only respite.

Compton and Kimber, however, were able to dovetail nicely for the ninth wicket, sharing a stand of 87 before the number three’s stay at the crease was finally ended by Luke Wells.

Kimber was last to go as the hosts were bowled out inside 79 overs, leaving Sussex to negotiate a ten-over spell before stumps.

Wells (12*) and Tom Haines (26*) were able to make a positive start to their innings, closing 184 runs in arrears on 38-0.


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