Nottinghamshire are cautious about talking up their title chances so early in the season but if Darren Pattinson continues to wreak havoc with the new ball they will inevitably find themselves labelled as contenders.
Defending champions Sussex chose to bat first against the Division One leaders but found themselves no more able to withstand the threat of Nottinghamshire's fast bowling sensation as Kent or Lancashire were in Pattinson's first two Championship outings.
The Aussie-raised, Grimsby-born seamer took three wickets in his first seven overs on his debut at Canterbury in the season's opening game and three in his first four against Lancashire last week, having sat out two matches in between so Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom could have pre-Test workouts.
This morning he was at it again, claiming three scalps in his first six overs as Sussex crashed to 33-4.
Pattinson, who now has 29 wickets in six matches in all cricket for Notts, bowled Chris Nash with a full length ball that probably got an inside edge, had Michael Yardy caught behind driving one that may have been a bit too straight and claimed his third wicket when Chris Adams, soon looking to drive through the off side, edged to first slip, where Graeme Swann took a good catch high to his right.
There was something in the pitch for the bowlers but Sussex suffered from a collective impatience in their shot selection. Carl Hopkinson reached for a pull and top edged Charlie Shreck to mid-on, Murray Goodwin carved Paul Franks to point and Luke Wright spooned to cover to give Shreck his second success as Notts made impressive progress.