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September 26, 2009
Relegated Sussex fought all the way, but Nottinghamshire secured second place with a 35-run victory at Trent Bridge. Samit Patel took a career-best 6 for 84 as the home side ensured themselves of the £225,000 prize for finishing runners-up to Durham - albeit at some distance. When Nottinghamshire were bowled out it left Sussex 372 off 84 overs and they gave it a fair crack as Mike Yardy and Chris Nash opened with a stand of 114. That was broken by Luke Fletcher and Mark Ealham, in his final first-class match, pulled off a great catch to remove Murray Goodwin. After Samit Patel worked through the order, Ealham was allowed the chance to finish the match but the final wicket went to the Patel brothers.
Yorkshire and Hampshire played out a dull final day to their Championship season. John Ward endured the action at Headingley.
Worcestershire ended an awful season with a fight draw against champions Durham. George Dobell was at New Road.
Essex secured promotion to Division One with a stunning run chase against Derbyshire. Andrew McGlashan watched the action.
Surrey managed to bat out the final day against Glamorgan at The Oval to earn a draw. Jon Batty, in what could be his final innings for the county, made 120 and captain Stewart Walters hit 82 after Surrey had slipped to 63 for 3. Glamorgan paid the price for dropping Batty on 13 and 96.
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