Nottinghamshire wrapped up a 256-run over Sussex with almost a day and a half to spare to consolidate their place at the top of Division Two in the LV=Insurance County Championship ahead of the September run-in.

Bowled out for 301 in their second innings soon after the start of the third day, giving Sussex a target of 399, the Green and Golds dismissed their opponents for 142 in 47.3 overs.

Overseas fast bowlers Dane Paterson (3-14) and James Pattinson (3-47) each raised their individual hauls to eight wickets in the match.

Cheteshwar Pujara provided stubborn resistence to Notts and finished unbeaten on 49, but no one could stay with him to build a partnership amidst the home side's rampage.

To compound their woes, Sussex left Trent Bridge with no points, their three bowling bonus points from the first innings cancelled out by a three-point deduction for a slow over-rate.  

Nottinghamshire remain top of Division Two with two of their remaining matches at home - against Leicestershire and Durham - with a visit to Worcestershire between. 

Bowling with a new ball after Wednesday’s play ended with the first one exactly 80 overs old, Sussex needed 25 deliveries with it to see off the Nottinghamshire tail. 

Brad Currie bowled Liam Patterson-White with one that kept a touch low before Robinson had a tentative Luke Fletcher leg before and dismissed Pattinson via a miscue to cover.

Chasing 399, Tom Clark, almost run out without scoring, edged behind in Fletcher’s third over, but Ali Orr, who came into this match with almost 650 first-class runs for the season, made another good impression.

For a while it looked as though he might be the one to provide welcome company for Pujara until he ran into a snorter from Pattinson that he could only fend away from his head, the ball looping off his glove for short-leg Ben Slater to catch.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice - at 26 one of the senior Sussex batters - was with Pujara at lunch, but he departed a couple of overs later, nicking to the ‘keeper as Paterson found some movement on a pitch still giving the bowlers something to work with.

Oli Carter perished, caught behind down the leg side off Fletcher, before Pattinson saw off the two 18-year-olds in consecutive overs as James Coles reprised Carter’s mode of dismissal and Archie Lenham, who had stuck around stubbornly for a brave 31 in the first innings, perished to his third ball as the Australian quick zipped one through to knock two stumps out of the ground.

Robinson fell to a leading edge off the medium pace of Steven Mullaney, caught at mid-off, where the ever-popular Fletcher delighted both his team-mates and his fan club in the Radcliffe Road stand by throwing himself to his right to take a diving catch.

Sussex’s abject afternoon continued when Pujara changed his mind about scrambling a single to midwicket off the final ball of a Patterson-White over, leaving Ari Kavelas stranded as Lyndon James made a direct hit with his throw in, before Paterson wrapped up the win at 3.25pm as Currie followed Sean Hunt back to the pavilion as a second lbw in consecutive overs.


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