Sussex suffered a 29-run defeat against Nottingham Outlaws in their opening fixture of the One Day Cup at Horsham this afternoon.
The match was the climax of the Festival of Cricket and enjoyed by a bumper crowd at Cricketfield Road.
But the result was not what the majority of those in attendance were hoping for as Sussex came up short in their chase of the Outlaws’ 312-8.
Notts made a fine start in the morning as Michael Lumb and Alex Hales fired with the bat.
Lumb hit 77 from 90 balls, which included eight fours and one big six, before Horsham’s Will Beer finally made the breakthrough.
The spinner bowled the opening batsmen, who failed to cut him away, to end a 139-run partnership.
Hales, who hit his 50 in 73 balls, however, continued the good start as he batted on with James Taylor, before the new man was bowled, again by Beer, for 13.
Beer (3-60) and Steffan Piolet (2-35) continued to claw things back as the latter had Samit Patel (eight) caught by Matt Machan, before Beer ran out Riki Wessels for a duck.
Lewis Hatchett then made a routine catch in the deep to get rid of Hales (116), before James Franklin was caught and bowled by Beer to leave Notts at 237-6.
Big-hitting Steven Mullaney put on a cameo and let fly at a few Hatchett deliveries before Craig Cachopa caught him for 40.
Hatchett claimed another late wicket as Amjal Shahzad (nine) put one up in the air and Chris Nash made the catch.
Jake Ball (six) and Chris Read (19) closed the innings for the visitors with 312-8.
Sussex’s opening pair Ed Joyce (59) and Luke Wells (23) put on an opening stand of 65, before the latter was caught at point.
Craig Cachopa put on 22 - including a huge six on a free hit - before he was caught behind by Chris Read when he got a nick on a defensive shot.
Notts got dangerman Joyce in the 28th over as he pulled Patel and Taylor took a superb diving catch to dismiss him, before Chris Nash was caught in the covers for 22 as Sussex fell to 141-1.
Ben Brown was then caught at the boundary for three, leaving Sussex struggling with five wickets down.
Matt Machan (43) fired a number of hits away in hope to improve the run rate as him and Piolet looked to haul Sussex back into things.
But with Machan gone, after being caught off Mullaney, Sussex’s task went from improbably to implausible with Sussex at 211-6 with eight full overs left.
Piolet, however, had other ideas and hit Shahzad for three consecutive fours and added one more by the end of the over to mean they needed 59 runs from 24 balls to win.
Will Beer was bowled for 22 after a slow over and Chris Liddle (six) went in the final over when the chase was over.
Steffan Piolet (63) and Magoffin (two) closed the play at 283-8, with Sussex 29 runs short.