Pollard century sets up Nottinghamshire record

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The bitterly cold weather proved more suitable to batsmen than the frozen hands of bowlers in the opening round of the AXA Equity & Law League.

Paul Pollard's 118 helped take Nottinghamshire to 292 for 2, their highest Sunday total, and Paul Johnson almost joined the three-figure brigade with an unbeaten 97. Pollard hit nine fours and two sixes off 108 deliveries while the new Nottinghamshire captain's innings lasted just 78 balls.

With Neil Lenham unable to field after suffering a rib injury while fielding Sussex rarely threatened and subsided to a129-run loss.

Simon Ecclestone followed his centuries in the Benson & Hedges Cup with another yesterday in Somerset's 53-run win against Surrey. The left-hander's 130 included 11 fours and five sixes as his side reached 285 for 4. Alec Stewart's 101 was in vain after Andy Hayhurst took 3 for 21 in five overs.

Derbyshire's new captain, Dean Jones, carried his bat for 103 as they successfully chased Leicestershire's 225 with four wickets in hand.

Another new captain, Robin Bailey, of Northamptonshire, made an unbeaten 62, as his side made light work of Durham's 141 for 9, winning by eight wickets.