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Patel century puts Notts on top at Hove

Samit Patel made a superb century to put Nottinghamshire well on top after the first day of their Championship clash with Sussex at Hove.

The visitors were 164-3 when Patel came to the crease after lunch having been put in to bat by Sussex skipper Ed Joyce.

The former England batsman – who has not played for his country for more than a year – guided Notts to 408-5 at the close and will resume on 142 in the morning.

Patel combined with Chris Read to put on 160 for the sixth wicket with Read unbeaten on 61.

Patel’s innings was an excellent one and he offered just one very difficult chance when he was on 32 when Ben Brown was unable to hold on to a diving chance at first slip.

He went on to reach his 50 off 64 balls and proceeded to complete the 20th first class century of his career from 137 deliveries.

Earlier, Phi Jacques had got Notts off to a good start by putting on 74 for the first wicket with Alex Hales after being given a reprieve in the first over when he was dropped by Brown in the slips.

Brown made some amends by taking a low catch off the bowling of James Anyon to remove Hales with the batsman questioning whether the ball had carried.

Jacques also saw an edge fly just wide of Rory Hamilton-Brown’s grasp at second slip and another somehow evade the gloves of Matt Prior who was understandably rusty behind the stumps having not kept in a first class game since December.

Jacques luck ran out when he became debutant Matt Hobden’s maiden Championship wicket having made 67 with Prior taking a straightforward catch.

Luke Wright picked up two wickets after lunch – dismissing Michael Lumb for 39 and Riki Wessels for 11 – while there was another impressive scalp for Hobden when he had James Taylor caught at mid-off for 29.

The day was in the balance at that stage but Patel and Read ensured it was the visitors who finished it well in the ascendancy.

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8:48pm Sun 1 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

Well, that certainly was a chastening day. I was mystified at the time and I'm even more mystified now as to why, having won the toss, we put Notts in to bat. It was obvious to at least 95% of the spectators that it was a perfect day to bat and get runs on the board. Dry pitch, warm, sunny, still June day - and we put the opposition in! I just can't see any reason at all for putting the opposition in, I'm just baffled. No excuses please Robbo - IT WAS A MAJOR ERROR.

And, how Notts proved Joyce and Robbo wrong. Our bowlers were smacked all round Hove all day for 4.25 runs an over, all their batsmen got some runs, extras have clocked up 43 already, our opening bowlers have bowled 40 overs without taking a wicket, Hobden has gone for well over a run a ball. We are in a very deep hole. It makes Magoffin's quotes in today's Argus seem very ironic!

More worryingly for us Sussex supporters though is that the truth is that we are suddenly looking like a very disjointed team in the Championship (and in the T20 for that matter). We won our first two Championship matches superbly, we were top of the table and we looked a really exciting team.

Since then we haven't won in 4 matches while Middlesex, who we thrashed in our first match, have won 4 games. We're already down to fifth in a 9 team league and clearly we aren't going to get many points from this match. We certainly don't look remotely like potential Champions at the moment, far from it.
Well, that certainly was a chastening day. I was mystified at the time and I'm even more mystified now as to why, having won the toss, we put Notts in to bat. It was obvious to at least 95% of the spectators that it was a perfect day to bat and get runs on the board. Dry pitch, warm, sunny, still June day - and we put the opposition in! I just can't see any reason at all for putting the opposition in, I'm just baffled. No excuses please Robbo - IT WAS A MAJOR ERROR. And, how Notts proved Joyce and Robbo wrong. Our bowlers were smacked all round Hove all day for 4.25 runs an over, all their batsmen got some runs, extras have clocked up 43 already, our opening bowlers have bowled 40 overs without taking a wicket, Hobden has gone for well over a run a ball. We are in a very deep hole. It makes Magoffin's quotes in today's Argus seem very ironic! More worryingly for us Sussex supporters though is that the truth is that we are suddenly looking like a very disjointed team in the Championship (and in the T20 for that matter). We won our first two Championship matches superbly, we were top of the table and we looked a really exciting team. Since then we haven't won in 4 matches while Middlesex, who we thrashed in our first match, have won 4 games. We're already down to fifth in a 9 team league and clearly we aren't going to get many points from this match. We certainly don't look remotely like potential Champions at the moment, far from it. MikeTheMan
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8:51pm Sun 1 Jun 14

psb196 says...

That was tortuous.

Sussex will end up 6th or 7th.
That was tortuous. Sussex will end up 6th or 7th. psb196
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9:45pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Old Scrote of the Amex says...

"Since then we haven't won in 4 matches"

Be fair Mike, three of those matches were washed out, two of which we were in a very strong position and probably would have won. We've been outplayed just once in the Championship so far (Somerset) until today, and we don't know how bad a bowling effort that was until we bat.
"Since then we haven't won in 4 matches" Be fair Mike, three of those matches were washed out, two of which we were in a very strong position and probably would have won. We've been outplayed just once in the Championship so far (Somerset) until today, and we don't know how bad a bowling effort that was until we bat. Old Scrote of the Amex
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10:04pm Sun 1 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

Old Scrote, We would indeed probably have beaten Lancs but we were a very long way from beating Durham. But regardless of those matches, the real point is that we are not looking a very good team at the moment: we are down to fifth and those of us who were there today certainly know that (a) we should definitely have batted, (b) our bowling was very poor and (c) we aren't going to get many points from this game.
Old Scrote, We would indeed probably have beaten Lancs but we were a very long way from beating Durham. But regardless of those matches, the real point is that we are not looking a very good team at the moment: we are down to fifth and those of us who were there today certainly know that (a) we should definitely have batted, (b) our bowling was very poor and (c) we aren't going to get many points from this game. MikeTheMan
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10:44pm Sun 1 Jun 14

psb196 says...

Old Scrote never goes to the games. His comments are worthless. Sussex could be rock bottom of the league and he would still say they were wonderful or unlucky or whatever excuse it is on that particular day. Today's performance was shockingly poor and seemed totally demotivated. Why, anyone would think they were being paid to lose or something.....
Old Scrote never goes to the games. His comments are worthless. Sussex could be rock bottom of the league and he would still say they were wonderful or unlucky or whatever excuse it is on that particular day. Today's performance was shockingly poor and seemed totally demotivated. Why, anyone would think they were being paid to lose or something..... psb196
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11:18pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Old Scrote of the Amex says...

psb196 wrote:
Old Scrote never goes to the games. His comments are worthless. Sussex could be rock bottom of the league and he would still say they were wonderful or unlucky or whatever excuse it is on that particular day. Today's performance was shockingly poor and seemed totally demotivated. Why, anyone would think they were being paid to lose or something.....
Did I say the team played well today? No.

Did you slate the team constantly last season despite our very good Championship season? Yes.

Yes we are fifth, but that is in large part down to the weather. You get 16 points for a win, 5 for a draw. That draw against Lancs cost us 11 points. An extra 11 points would give us 84 points, placing us second in the table and only nine points behind Middlesex with a game in hand.

But for the rain in that one single solitary match it doesn't sound to shabby then, does it?

Allow me to support the team by being positive, if that's quite okay with you?
[quote][p][bold]psb196[/bold] wrote: Old Scrote never goes to the games. His comments are worthless. Sussex could be rock bottom of the league and he would still say they were wonderful or unlucky or whatever excuse it is on that particular day. Today's performance was shockingly poor and seemed totally demotivated. Why, anyone would think they were being paid to lose or something.....[/p][/quote]Did I say the team played well today? No. Did you slate the team constantly last season despite our very good Championship season? Yes. Yes we are fifth, but that is in large part down to the weather. You get 16 points for a win, 5 for a draw. That draw against Lancs cost us 11 points. An extra 11 points would give us 84 points, placing us second in the table and only nine points behind Middlesex with a game in hand. But for the rain in that one single solitary match it doesn't sound to shabby then, does it? Allow me to support the team by being positive, if that's quite okay with you? Old Scrote of the Amex
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8:40am Mon 2 Jun 14

psb196 says...

There is no saying Sussex would have got the ten Lancashire wickets in a day that they needed. Lancashire were settling for a draw from the look of the eight overs that were played on the las day which yielded 19 runs or so.

So, it was nowhere near a given win, as you suggest.

Furthermore, Yardy and to a certain extent Nash apart, the batting against Lancashire was appalling.

Durham were truly let off the hook at Hove.

Somerset thrashed Sussex in embarrassing fashion.

Notts are doing the same.

Last season was hardly satisfying, was it? A genuine chance of winning the league was flushed down the toilet. The T20 was a disgrace and the 40 over only kicked in when it was too late.
There is no saying Sussex would have got the ten Lancashire wickets in a day that they needed. Lancashire were settling for a draw from the look of the eight overs that were played on the las day which yielded 19 runs or so. So, it was nowhere near a given win, as you suggest. Furthermore, Yardy and to a certain extent Nash apart, the batting against Lancashire was appalling. Durham were truly let off the hook at Hove. Somerset thrashed Sussex in embarrassing fashion. Notts are doing the same. Last season was hardly satisfying, was it? A genuine chance of winning the league was flushed down the toilet. The T20 was a disgrace and the 40 over only kicked in when it was too late. psb196
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8:42am Mon 2 Jun 14

jcd1972 says...

I'm bothered from Robbo's comments on YouTube that the players are letting the match fixing allegations affect them. He has to know from the outside that people in cricket know he and his players are hard working and committed. It's highly unlikely to have involved anyone who is still at the club.

I do fear for us a bit without CJ if it's a dry summer. In the Mushy era we had bowlers who excelled in dry conditions including with the use of reverse swing. Now most of our bowlers need a bit of assistance in the wicket. Not having a class spinner will hurt us in dry conditions.

MikeTheMan - bit harsh isn't it to criticise Hobden on his debut?
I'm bothered from Robbo's comments on YouTube that the players are letting the match fixing allegations affect them. He has to know from the outside that people in cricket know he and his players are hard working and committed. It's highly unlikely to have involved anyone who is still at the club. I do fear for us a bit without CJ if it's a dry summer. In the Mushy era we had bowlers who excelled in dry conditions including with the use of reverse swing. Now most of our bowlers need a bit of assistance in the wicket. Not having a class spinner will hurt us in dry conditions. MikeTheMan - bit harsh isn't it to criticise Hobden on his debut? jcd1972
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10:11am Mon 2 Jun 14

psb196 says...

I guess the players are affected by the fact that Vincent and Arif were getting up to their tricks under their noses. Did you suspect Arif? He played with them for two seasons and I'm sure they didn't either, hence the fall-out shock they are experiencing. Also the fact that every bad game they have they will get paranoid and think people are thinking they're on the take....It's not hard to see why they are feeling somewhat down about it all. It's not Middlesex, it's not Durham, it's Sussex. They are the team that were involved.
I guess the players are affected by the fact that Vincent and Arif were getting up to their tricks under their noses. Did you suspect Arif? He played with them for two seasons and I'm sure they didn't either, hence the fall-out shock they are experiencing. Also the fact that every bad game they have they will get paranoid and think people are thinking they're on the take....It's not hard to see why they are feeling somewhat down about it all. It's not Middlesex, it's not Durham, it's Sussex. They are the team that were involved. psb196
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7:49am Tue 3 Jun 14

jcd1972 says...

Psb - funnily enough I did suspect Arif. I read a book by Ed Hawkins which brought that Sussex vs Kent match to prominence. I was at the ground that night and once I knew the rumours I was able to put 2 and 2 together. Then again I've seen other cricketers bowl as badly as he did then and peculiar batting from a lower order batsman is not so obvious. Sadly Arif only had to stray once to end up in this sorry position.

A top order batsman blocking as much as Vincent did at Hove and at Whitgift in 2011 was very suspicious. In fact it's even more glaring in a T20 game. A top bowler bowling as much rubbish as one did at Whitgift was also suspicious. As Ed Hawkins stated, the match had to be on sky and therefore accessible to the Indian punter to make it worth the fixer's while. At other times Vincent was trying to win games for Sussex - nobody else is to blame if he secretly had these connections with a match fixer.

On the other hand look at many of the domestic players' performances in the Hove and Whitgift matches like Gatting, Wright and Brown and it is clear they were totally committed to the cause. The players at Sussex have won a lot of trophies over the last decade and are known throughout the game for their hard work and professional approach.
Psb - funnily enough I did suspect Arif. I read a book by Ed Hawkins which brought that Sussex vs Kent match to prominence. I was at the ground that night and once I knew the rumours I was able to put 2 and 2 together. Then again I've seen other cricketers bowl as badly as he did then and peculiar batting from a lower order batsman is not so obvious. Sadly Arif only had to stray once to end up in this sorry position. A top order batsman blocking as much as Vincent did at Hove and at Whitgift in 2011 was very suspicious. In fact it's even more glaring in a T20 game. A top bowler bowling as much rubbish as one did at Whitgift was also suspicious. As Ed Hawkins stated, the match had to be on sky and therefore accessible to the Indian punter to make it worth the fixer's while. At other times Vincent was trying to win games for Sussex - nobody else is to blame if he secretly had these connections with a match fixer. On the other hand look at many of the domestic players' performances in the Hove and Whitgift matches like Gatting, Wright and Brown and it is clear they were totally committed to the cause. The players at Sussex have won a lot of trophies over the last decade and are known throughout the game for their hard work and professional approach. jcd1972
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12:49pm Tue 3 Jun 14

psb196 says...

I remember Arif getting run out at Hove against Hampshire in the 2011 T20, it was so comical one would almost have suspected it was deliberate, in hindsight, of course!
I remember Arif getting run out at Hove against Hampshire in the 2011 T20, it was so comical one would almost have suspected it was deliberate, in hindsight, of course! psb196
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