LV County Championship - Division One
The Rose Bowl
Hampshire 293 (N Pothas 56, A D Mascarenhas 55, J P Crawley 50, A R Adams 4-63) & 248 (M J Brown 54, C T Tremlett 52, A R Adams 4-45) v Nottinghamshire 354 (M J Wood 77, M A Wagh 66) & 189-4 (M A Wagh 67, S R Patel 65 no)
Nottinghamshire (21pts) beat Hampshire (5pts) by 6 wkts
Samit Patel and Mark Wagh both struck half-centuries as Nottinghamshire defeated Hampshire by six-wickets at The Rose Bowl to move top of the LV County Championship Division One.
Despite losing two-and-a-half hours of play due to rain, Notts accumulated the 134 runs required for victory on the final day with the loss of only three further wickets.
Resuming day four on 54-1, Notts' cause was helped further by the injury absence of Hampshire's pace bowler Nantie Hayward.
However, skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas filled the void left by the South African to dismiss Will Jefferson (21) and Adam Voges (4) in the space of four deliveries to leave Nottinghamshire in potential trouble at 74-3.
But Hampshire's cause was not helped by their England pace bowler Chris Tremlett, who failed to find his length and line and conceded 27 from his first four overs.
Wagh took a particular liking to the inconsistency of Tremlett - racing to his 50 off 57 balls - his second half-century of the match.
There was brief alarm in the Nottinghamshire camp when the rain pelted down with only 70 runs required, however, when play recommenced the visitors had 40 overs to clinch victory.
Despite Wagh edging to Pothas off James Tomlinson for 67, Patel took up the mantle superbly to guide Notts over the finishing line with an unbeaten 65.
Nottinghamshire's charge towards their third LV County Championship win of the season was held up by the unlikely batting skills of England paceman Chris Tremlett.
Tremlett blazed 52 from 57 balls at number nine and featured in a last-wicket stand of 50 with Nantie Hayward - although Notts still remain huge favourites to win this important Division One clash.
Despite losing the wicket of opener Matt Wood, the visitors require just 134 more runs to win on the final day to complete a hard fought victory on the South Coast.
James Tomlinson had earlier taken two of the last three Nottinghamshire wickets and Tremlett got the other to finish with innings figures of 3-71 as the visitors were dismissed for 354 - a lead of 61.
Hampshire made a poor start to their second innings, losing Michael Carberry, John Crawley and Michael Lumb before shaking off the arrears.
Once again Nottinghamshire's bowling hero was New Zealander Andre Adams, who took 4-45 as Hampshire's middle-order struggled to stay in control.
Charlie Shreck took 3-52 and the only top-order resistance from Hampshire came from Michael Brown who made 54.
As wickets tumbled, Hampshire were a precarious 198-9 before Tremlett and Hayward came together, putting on 50 in only nine orders to frustrate the visitors.
Despite the departure of Wood, Will Jefferson (19 not out) and Mark Wagh (27 not out) will return to the crease on the final day looking to fire Notts closer to the victory target.
Matt Wood made his highest score for Nottinghamshire in the LV County Championship since joining from Somerset as the visitors finished 44 runs ahead on the second day at The Rose Bowl.
Wood made 77 and Mark Wagh struck 66 as the visitors overcame Hampshire's first innings total of 293 to amass a handy lead at the close with three first innings wickets remaining.
Nottinghamshire overcame the early loss of Will Jefferson to Chris Tremlett as Wagh and Wood put on 149 for the second wicket in 38 overs.
At one stage Nottinghamshire were powerfully placed at 173-1 but then the match was turned on its head briefly when Hampshire new signing Nantie Hayward dismissed them both in the space of four deliveries.
Wagh had hit nine fours before he edged Hayward to slip, before Wood, whose previous best score for Nottinghamshire was 59, was out three balls later, caught by wicket-keeper Nic Pothas.
New Zealander Andre Adams (31 not out) and skipper Chris Read (24 not out) survived until stumps as Nottinghamshire reached a relatively prosperous 337-7 from 102 overs in an intriguingly poised match.
Andre Adams took four wickets in his first County Championship appearance of the season as Nottinghamshire skittled out Hampshire for 293.
The Kiwi, overlooked for the Black Caps' tour of England, finished with 4-63 after Hampshire were all out for 293 after winning the toss.
Hampshire made a breezy start to vindicate captain Dimitri Mascarenhas' decision to bat first, Michael Carberry smiting seven boundaries in his 36 and Michael Brown making 25 before they became Adams' first two victims.
Darren Pattinson dismissed Michael Lumb and Sean Irvine in his first two overs after the lunch interval before John Crawley and Nic Pothas came together in the one substantial partnership of the Hampshire innings, putting on 95 in 25 overs for teh fifth wicket.
But Patel had Pothas leg before wicket attempting to turn the ball on the leg side after making 56 in an innings which included eight fours, his best of the season.
Crawley made a circumspect half-century, taking 126 balls, but Adams returned to knock back his middle stump and then Greg Lamb lifted Patel to mid-on where Paul Franks held an easy catch.
Mascarenhas held together the Hampshire late order, compiling eight fours in his 68 ball half-century but the return of Charlie Shreck wrapped up the resistance.