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Lumb double ton puts Hants on top

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Hampshire 654-8 dec, Nottinghamshire 48-4
(Hants 6pts, Notts 1pt)
19-22 August 2009

Michael Lumb
Lumb had not previously managed a Championship century all summer

Relegation-haunted Hampshire put a dent in second-placed Nottinghamshire's title hopes as Michael Lumb's career-best 219 put the visitors in control.

Lumb shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 208 with Sean Ervine, who made his third century of the season (104) before Hampshire declared on 654-8.

Notts, needing victory to stay in touch with leaders Durham, then collapsed to 48-4 at the close at Trent Bridge.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir did the main damage with two wickets in two balls.

A brief rain shower delayed the start by 45 minutes, but Hampshire, resuming on 345-3, soon made their intentions clear.

But it was not until after lunch that the Hampshire batsmen were able to focus their attention on the record books.

A cover drive off Samit Patel took him past his previous best of 172, set against Loughborough UCCE in May. But, although he hit two centuries in helping Hampshire to last month's Friends Provident Trophy win, he had not previously reached three figures in the Championship.

Minus England Test discard Ryan Sidebottom, and with Charlie Shreck and Darren Pattinson providing no threat, Notts captain Chris Read looked completely out of options.

At one point in the afternoon session, medium-pacer Andre Adams opted to bowl off-spin.

But Lumb was finally dismissed by Patel with a ball that kept fractionally low as the batsman attempted to cut.

And, after reaching his hundred, Ervine was caught at long-on off the occasional bowling of Bilal Shafayats.

Dominic Cork and Imran Tahir were both lbw for nought as Patel picked up two cheap wickets,

But Hampshire had still run up the fourth-highest total in their history (and were within 60 runs of their highest, also achieved against Notts at The Rose Bowl four years ago) when visiting skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas ended the home side's misery with a declaration.

After a wearying 161 overs in the field, things then got even worse for Notts when Matthew Wood fended a short ball from David Griffiths to gully in the ninth over.

Tahir, who had picked up match-figures of 8-113 in last year's corresponding fixture, then had Mark Wagh and Pattinson lbw 11 overs later. And he only missed out on a hat-trick when Lumb dropped Patel at leg-slip first ball.

Dominic Cork, who famously knows what it is like to take a hat-trick, picked up the wicket of Scott Newman with a thin edge behind. And, although Patel and Shafayat survived to the close, Notts are still 606 behind, needing a further 457 just to avoid the follow-on.

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