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August 30, 2008
Murray Goodwin's 101 denied Nottinghamshire a victory on the final day of Sussex's match at Hove. However, Nottinghamshire nevertheless went to the top of Division One. Sussex needed a solid batting performance today - not a common occurrence for them this season - and duly got it, with Goodwin and Michael Yardy (93) putting on 158 in 50 overs. Yardy, who was particularly strong against Darren Pattinson, fell seven short of his hundred, handing Rob Ferley a simple return catch, but Goodwin motored onwards to record his fifth hundred of the season and guided Sussex to safety. Nottinghamshire took 12 points, Sussex 8.
Lancashire's match against Surrey at Blackpool was abandoned without a ball being bowled, owing to a "boggy" pitch and outfield and consistently miserable conditions.
Click here for John Ward's fourth-day report from Scarborough, where Yorkshire were made to fight for a draw against Kent.
Chris Rogers fell 26 runs short of a 112-year record as Derbyshire's clash against Warwickshire drifted towards a draw at Edgbaston. Rogers was left stranded on 248 not out as Derbyshire's tail were swept aside, and the Australian was 26 runs short of breaking the club's record for the highest individual score: George Davidson's 274 in 1896. Warwickshire had the best part of a day for some batting practice, and Darren Maddy eased his way to a hundred, putting on 176 for the second wicket with Tony Frost, who fell for 54 when he edged to slip.
Jamie Dalrymple's 74 handed Glamorgan a hard-earned draw, denying Northamptonshire what should have been a straightforward run-chase on the final day at Wantage Road. David Hemp briefly threatened before he was cleaned up by Monty Panesar, and once Mike Powell was trapped in front for 12 just before lunch, Glamorgan were stuttering on 95 for 4. There followed a fighting partnership between Dalrymple and Mark Wallace, who was struck a nasty blow on the hand by Andrew Hall, worth 85. Wallace fell to Jason Brown, however, and it was left to Dalrymple to set Northamptonshire a target of 38 in five overs. They began in fraught fashion, losing two wickets in the second over, and although David Sales went on the attack, he then holed out to Adam Shantry. Even with Lance Klusener at the crease, he couldn't cracked the 16 needed from the final three balls.
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