Sussex v Nottinghamshire, Royal London Cup, Group B, Horsham July 27, 2014

Hales ton too much for Sussex

Press Association

Nottinghamshire 312 for 8 (Hales 116, Lumb 77, Beer 3-60) beat Sussex 282 for 8 (Piolet 63, Mullaney 4-33)

Alex Hales blasted his third century of the season to help Nottinghamshire win their opening match in the Royal London One-Day Cup by 29 runs against Sussex at Horsham.

Hales struck 116 in 115 balls and put on 139 for the first wicket with Michael Lumb, who made 77, as Notts made 312 for 8 from their 50 overs. That proved more than enough for a Sussex team missing the in-form Luke Wright through injury.

The hosts were only able to muster 283 for 8 in response despite an unbeaten 63 from Steffan Piolet; Steven Mullaney taking 4 for 33.

Hales was initially outscored by Lumb after Sussex had won the toss and put Notts in with the left-hander reaching his 50 off just 58 balls and including one big six off Steve Magoffin. Hales brought up his half-century from 73 balls but began to accelerate after Lumb was bowled for 77 charging down the track at Will Beer.

Hales, 25, reached his century off 107 balls - his second 50 coming off 34 deliveries - having received a reprieve on 88 when he was dropped by Matt Machan on the midwicket boundary. He eventually holed out to Lewis Hatchett at long-on off the bowling of Piolet who finished with excellent figures of 2 for 35.

That was one of five wickets to fall for 48 runs as Sussex fought back well with the ball with Beer playing a key role. The leg-spinner bowled James Taylor for 13 and had James Franklin caught and bowled to claim figures of 3 for 60 while he also ran out Riki Wessels for a duck with a direct hit.

Mullaney ensured Notts made it past 300 by blasting three sixes in his 20-ball 40 before becoming one of Hatchett's two late victims.

Sussex would have fancied their chances of chasing down 313 on a good wicket with a fast outfield but their hopes were undone as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

They got off to a good start as skipper Ed Joyce and Luke Wells put on 65 for the first wicket but they lost their way after Wells was caught at point off Franklin by Taylor for a one-day best of 23.

Craig Cachopa smacked his first legitimate ball in English List A cricket for six before becoming one of Mullaney's four victims as he edged behind to Chris Read for 22.

Mullaney also dismissed Chris Nash for 26, Ben Brown for 3 and Machan for 43 as Sussex were forced to take risks with the run rate climbing. The key wicket was Joyce, who was superbly caught running backwards by Taylor for 59 off the bowling of Samit Patel.

Piolet completed a fine game by making his maiden List A half-century but his seventh-wicket partnership of 55 with Beer, who contributed 23, proved in vain.