County Championship: Hampshire beat Nottinghamshire to steer title race – NewsEverything Cricket

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Hampshire's Liam Dawson
Hampshire spinner Liam Dawson’s five-for was the fourth of his first-class profession
LV= County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl, Southampton (day three):
Hampshire 226 & 178: Vince 52; Patterson-White 5-41
Nottinghamshire 155 & 127: Duckett 33; Dawson 5-45, Organ 3-22
Hampshire (20 pts) beat Nottinghamshire (Three pts) by 122 runs

Hampshire moved to the highest of the Division One desk with a 122-run win over earlier leaders Nottinghamshire.

Chasing a goal of 250 on the Ageas Bowl, the guests had been bowled out for 127, with Liam Dawson (5-45) and Felix Organ (3-22) doing the principle injury.

Liam Patterson-White earlier took a career-best 5-41 for Notts as Hampshire totalled 178 of their second innings.

They are going to be seeking to safe their first title since 1973 once they face Lancashire at Aigburth subsequent week.

The 20 factors earned for the win put Hampshire 4 away from second-placed Lancashire, who accomplished a 10-wicket victory over Somerset earlier within the day.

And they’re going to stay prime regardless of whether or not Yorkshire or Warwickshire win at Headingley, the place the house aspect want one other 174 on the ultimate day with seven wickets left following Tuesday’s washout.

When that recreation is accomplished, Notts will drop to fourth however stay in rivalry as they are going to be solely 6.5 factors behind Hampshire going into their dwelling match in opposition to Yorkshire.

The ultimate spherical of fixtures for all sides begins on Tuesday, 21 September.

Spin the deciding issue

Hampshire started day three on 133-7 and managed so as to add 45 useful runs in 15 overs earlier than they had been lastly dismissed.

All three wickets had been taken by Patterson-White and the quantity of flip he achieved was a warning of simply how robust the run chase could be for the guests.

Mohammad Abbas made the preliminary breakthrough as England opener Haseeb Hameed was caught at quick leg by Organ for eight.

The Pakistan tempo bowler then broke a stand of 44 between Ben Slater (25) and Ben Duckett (33) by having the latter leg-before enjoying throughout the road.

It was then that Dawson and Organ took over to run via the remainder of the Notts batting line-up.

They slumped from 72-2 to 97-7, with Tom Moores dragging the ball into his personal stumps as he tried to reverse sweep Organ’s off-spin.

Joey Evison grew to become solely the third batsman to achieve double figures however Brett Hutton was bowled by Organ and Luke Fletcher fell lbw to Dawson to depart Hampshire only one wicket away 5 overs from the scheduled shut.

Evison was final to go for 22 as he pushed ahead defensively to Dawson and Nick Gubbins took a sensible one-handed catch at foolish mid-off, giving the left-arm spinner his first five-for since 2015.

The victory offers Hampshire an additional day without work earlier than T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday when they may attempt to full the primary leg of a possible double.

Hampshire skipper James Vince:

“It is a magnificent win. There have been contributions from everybody, I did not anticipate it to occur fairly as rapidly because it did, however we knew that the wicket wasn’t as flat as they are often right here and was solely getting worse. I truly thought 200 was sufficient, so something greater than that was a bonus.

“For ‘Daws’ to get a five-for and Felix along with his wickets and his runs within the first innings you possibly can just about point out everybody. It was an actual workforce effort.

“I do not know why it was totally different. With the heavy curler any indentations up the highest get taken out, however there gave the impression to be a couple of extra divots and marks and, right now of 12 months, the wickets, with the dew, are by no means fairly as flat as you assume they’re.”

Nottinghamshire skipper Steven Mullaney:

“I do not assume we are able to fault any effort from the lads. On the toss they acquired it proper, however a few choices did not go our manner.

“If I’m trustworthy it wasn’t an excellent pitch. Personally I believed it was unacceptable for a first-class recreation. We knew it was going to be a consequence pitch and Hampshire acquired it. However we’re nonetheless in with an opportunity of profitable the County Championship.

“If we take a look at it in isolation, we dropped 5 catches of their first innings and did not bowl nice within the second half of their first innings. However finally we weren’t ok and Hampshire deserved to win.”

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