Victories for Notts and Sussex
A review of Wednesday's action in the LV= County Championship, including Nottinghamshire's victory over Lancashire.
A determined century from Ashwell Prince was not enough to prevent Lancashire slipping to defeat on their return to Division One of the LV= County Championship.
The former South Africa batsman's doggedness put the Red Rose, last year's Division Two champions, in with a chance of an unlikely victory against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge only to ultimately lose by 45 runs.
Chasing a victory target of 349 the visitors resumed on seven for one with batting out the final day for a draw uppermost in their minds.
However, Prince's third century in four innings for the county against the side he spent two months with at the back-end of the 2008 season raised the possibility of them sneaking home.
The left-hander hit exactly 100 in 181 balls over the course of four hours but could not get his team over the line and was last man out on 303.
Meanwhile, Australian Steve Magoffin blew away Middlesex's lower order to ease Sussex to victory by an innings and 127 runs at Hove in Division One.
Beginning the final day on 57 for one the visitors, who were skittled for 105 in their first innings, would have hoped to have made their opponents at least work for their win.
However, they crashed to a miserable defeat after failing to even reach the sanctuary of the lunch interval as they lost all nine remaining wickets in the morning session to be bowled out for 154.
Magoffin was pivotal in that, polishing off the innings by taking the last four to fall - including two in two balls - to finish with five for 56 having removed Sam Robson on Tuesday evening.
Surrey's first Championship match since their relegation to Division Two last season ended in defeat by 10 wickets after they suffered a dramatic collapse on the final day against Glamorgan at The Oval.
The hosts, 50 for two overnight in their second innings and with a lead of 121 runs, slumped to 81 all out before lunch, Graham Wagg ripping through them with four for 10 to finish with career-best figures of six for 29.
Michael Hogan took the other four wickets for 31 and Glamorgan were left needing 153 runs to win, which they secured without loss as openers Gareth Rees and Will Bragg claimed a half-century apiece.
Also in Division Two, Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell lit up the final day of the clash against Hampshire with a superb century before the teams settled for an expected draw at the Ageas Bowl.
Mitchell notched the first ton of the new Division Two season as he scored a magnificent 172 not out at the top of the order, helping his side pick up four batting bonus points before declaring on 350 for seven.
That gave the visitors a first-innings lead of 87 over Hampshire, but with less than a session to go in a match badly hit by the weather, a draw was always the most likely outcome.