Patel impresses but Nottinghamshire struggle
Nottinghamshire 145 and 135 for 2 v Sussex 304
A first win at Hove in 28 years seemed a distant prospect for Nottinghamshire as they were forced to follow on in their County Championship match against Sussex after losing their last six first-innings wickets for 13 runs.
The reigning champions slipped from 132 for 4 to 145 all out and had to follow on 159 behind on day two, with James Anyon taking four wickets and Monty Panesar and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan claiming three apiece.
A rare bright spot for Nottinghamshire was the form of Samit Patel, who marked his return to the England set-up by scoring 63 in the first innings and an unbeaten 49 in the second as Nottinghamshire finished the day on 135 for 2, still 24 behind.
The champions, who resumed on 5 for 1, lost three early wickets but were thinking of a first-innings lead when they were 132 for 4 in the 48th over, just 23 runs short of avoiding the follow-on. Samit Patel and Adam Voges were together at that point, having put on 87, but the Australian went down the wicket to Panesar, missed the ball and was stumped by Matt Prior for 41.
Samit Patel, having played well for his 63 after being named in the England Lions squad earlier in the day, aimed a wild stroke to cow corner as he advanced down the wicket and was also stumped by Prior off Panesar. It did not get any better as three wickets tumbled on 140.
Chris Read threw his bat at one from the impressive Anyon and was caught behind, England's Stuart Broad was bowled by the seamer for a duck by a good ball that came into him, and Steven Mullaney chipped one from Panesar to Murray Goodwin at midwicket.
Mullaney still looked dazed after being hit on the head by a short one from Anyon just four balls earlier. Finally, Luke Fletcher was bowled by one that kept low from Anyon. Panesar took three wickets for four runs in 14 balls, finishing with figures of 3 for 11 off 10 overs, while Anyon claimed three for five in nine deliveries for figures of four for 52, his best for Sussex.
Following on, Nottinghamshire immediately lost Neil Edwards, who was hit on his right wrist by Amjad Khan and had to retire hurt before he had scored. Akhil Patel was lbw to Naved-ul-Hasan soon after, before Mark Wagh settled in for a partnership with Samit Patel worth 92.
Wagh fell for 48, caught at slip off Panesar. For the second time in the match Samit Patel held up Sussex but was dropped on 15 and 24 by Prior and Ed Joyce, could have been run out on 28 by Andrew Hodd and was missed again by Joyce - a half-chance - on 29. He finished the day a run short of his second half-century of the match, with Graeme Swann beside him on 11.