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Patel haul helps Notts fight back

Hampshire v Nottinghamshire

11-14 June (1100-1800 BST)
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Nottinghamshire 326 v Hampshire 287-9 (Notts 3pts, Hants 3pts)

Samit Patel
Samit Patel made the most of a helpful pitch

Samit Patel took a career-best 5-74 as Notts fought back after James Adams hit a century for Hampshire on day two of the Championship game at the Rose Bowl.

Hampshire took the final two wickets to dismiss the visitors for 326 and looked like establishing a first-innings lead while opener Adams was at the wicket.

But Patel removed Adams for 112 and the left-arm spinner then took control in an unchanged spell of 27 overs.

Hampshire closed on 287-9, still 39 behind, with Dominic Cork 21 not out.

Resuming on 305-8, Nottinghamshire added a further 21 before pace bowler David Griffiths, playing instead of the injured Chris Tremlett, dismissed Darren Pattinson and Charlie Shreck to finish with 4-48.

Mark Ealham was left stranded on 70 not out in what turned out to be a significant contribution.


Adams shared an opening stand of 57 with Michael Carberry before Luke Fletcher, the hero of the first day, took his first victim of three.

Patel ended Adams's 109-run stand with Michael Lumb as his spin started to make an impression.

Debutant James Vince, 18, got off the mark with three fours in an over from Shreck but fell first ball after tea to the veteran Ealham.

Adams's innings, which came off 197 balls and included 20 boundaries, ended when he prodded Patel to short leg where Bilal Shafyat held a simple catch.

Nic Pothas struck some powerful drives in his 36 before he went the same way as Adams before Sean Ervine, batting with the aid of a runner because of a hamstring injury, departed for just one.

Patel, getting prodigious turn, accounted for Imran Tahir two balls after dismissing Pothas and then had Griffiths snapped up, but Dominic Cork was 21 not out at the close.

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