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Patel 50 sees Notts cruise home
Nottinghamshire pounced on the final day of a sun-drenched match to seal a seven-wicket win over Sussex and edge Warwickshire off the top of Division One.
With the holiday feel of the south coast giving way to weekday mode, the visitors were businesslike, taking six wickets in the morning session to dismiss Sussex for 263 and marching to the victory target of 145 in 44.3 overs.
The best sides separate themselves from decent ones by grasping key moments and that's precisely what the visitors did to deliver their first win at Hove since 1983. It took them a point clear at the top of the table, though Warwickshire have a game in hand
Riki Wessels, whose 199 in the first innings helped put his side in control, adopted a positive approach at the start before he came down the pitch to off-spinner Chris Nash and picked out Murray Goodwin on the midwicket boundary, having hit six fours in his 30.
Fellow opener Alex Hales became Sussex captain Mike Yardy's first Championship victim since September 2009 when he edged to slip with the score on 59 and Nottinghamshire still needed 45 runs when Monty Panesar won a leg-before verdict against left-hander Michael Lumb with a ball that kept low.
But on a cracked, dry pitch offering the bowlers plenty of assistance Sussex just did not have enough runs to defend. Samit Patel, dropped in the same Naveed Arif over by wicketkeeper Ben Brown and then Yardy, hit his sixth boundary to secure victory and reach an 88-ball fifty. He added an unbeaten 57 for the fourth wicket with James Taylor.
In the Clydesdale Bank 40, the Netherlands took over at the top of Group A thanks to a nail-biting win over Lancashire in Schiedam.
The last-wicket pairing of Timm van der Gugten and Ahsan Malik managed to sneak the home side to their target of 237 with just two deliveries to spare. Stephan Myburgh (34) and Michael Swart (41) had given the Netherlands the perfect start in their run chase, sharing an opening stand of 83 inside 10 overs.
There were also contributions from middle-order duo Cameron Borgas, who made 30, and wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi (26) before Mudassar Bukhari belted a breezy 36 in the closing stages to give the Dutch renewed hope.
When he fell with nine still required, Lancashire looked to be favourites, however Van der Gugten made a run-a-ball 15 not out to finish the job off and give his side a third win in four outings in this season's competition.