|LV= County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl, Southampton (day one):|
|Hampshire 226: Gubbins 54; Hutton 3-40, Paterson 3-52,|
|Nottinghamshire (3 pts) trail Hampshire (1 pt) by 197 runs|
Division One leaders Nottinghamshire claimed maximum bowling points but lost a key wicket late on day one against second-placed Hampshire.
After winning the toss and batting on a green-tinged pitch, Hampshire struggled with only Nick Gubbins (54) offering much resistance in their 226 all out.
Dane Paterson took 3-52 for Notts, including his 400th first-class wicket.
Notts were 29-1 at stumps, 197 behind with Haseeb Hammed – a late call-up after England duty – out for two.
Going into the penultimate match of the season with a 10-and-a-half-point lead over Hampshire and Yorkshire in the race for the County Championship title, Notts’ attack made the most of the bowler-friendly surface and reduced the home side to 58-3 at lunch, as Luke Fletcher (2-32) claimed his 60th wicket of the season.
But their fielders failed to match their seamers’ sharpness as five catches went down, four of them off the luckless Joey Evison.
Gubbins, who had three reprieves, etched out a dogged half-century over nearly three hours, before Evison finally got his revenge with a beauty that kissed the top of the left-hander’s off stump.
James Vince made 30 and Liam Dawson 31, before he edged Paterson to Ben Duckett at second slip to give the South African the 400th wicket of his first-class career.
Teetering on 193-9, Felix Organ (36) added 33 for the last wicket with Mohammad Abbas to get Hampshire a valuable batting point.
In fading light, Notts were unable to reach the close unscathed as Hameed, initially not named in the Notts squad before being included after England’s cancelled final Test against India, grazed a lovely delivery from around the wicket by left-armer Keith Barker behind to Tom Alsop.
Play ended early with three overs left in the day, leaving the leaders 197 adrift of what could yet prove a challenging total.
Hampshire’s Felix Organ:
“It was tough. We were aiming for about 200 and then see where we are from there. It was quite wet this morning and we thought the wicket might divot and quicken up throughout the day.
“Obviously you can’t judge until both teams have batted on it but at the moment we are quite happy with that score.
“The stats from the last 70 games say that if you bat first you have a higher percentage of winning. It was a bit of a risk, but we need to win to have any chance of winning the championship.”
Notts bowling coach Kevin Shine:
“The wicket had a little bit of moisture in it. We bowled really well in the first session but in the second and third session we didn’t really bowl at the stumps as much as we would have wanted to.
“To bowl them out for 226 that is a solid day for us. We think it is probably a par score.
“It is one of those wickets where you have to work hard whether you are batting or bowling and your concentration has to stay up the whole time. It is going to be a really tough few days to come.”