Nottinghamshire have Hampshire on ropes
Division One County Championship leaders Nottinghamshire require seven wickets on the final day of play to claim victory over Hampshire at Trent Bridge.
Hampshire had accumulated 111 runs for the cost of three wickets at stumps on Day 3 and are chasing down a hefty total of 469.
Opening pair Joe Weatherley (56) and Jimmy Adams (17) combined for a lengthy partnership on the third day’s play, but Hampshire’s strong start was marred when the partnership was broken and Nottinghamshire quick Stuart Broad removed English team mate James Vince for a measly five runs.
Samit Patel was the pick of the bowlers (1-6 off eight) with a tidy economy rate of 0.75 and five maidens to boot.
With bat in hand, it was the Nottinghamshire skipper Steven Mullaney that inflicted most of the damage, declaring his team’s innings complete at 9-389 having amassed a cool 130 off his own willow.
Jake Libby (54) and New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor (83 from 69) added insult to injury with impressive showings for the home side.
Hampshire opener Joe Weatherley said his side is still in with a fighting chance.
“To lose three wickets late on has hurt us a bit but we’ve been in this position quite a bit over the last 18 months.
“There’s enough capability in that dressing room to bat all day. It’s a good wicket still and has been throughout the game.”