Match Report – NOTTS vs HANTS twenty eighth Match, Might 17 – 20, 2024

Nottinghamshire 235 (James 106*, Abbas 4-49) and 33 for 1 path Hampshire 276 (Dawson 95, Barker 74, Stone 4-62, Pennington 3-70) by eight runs

Olly Stone pushed his claims for an England recall along with his finest Championship bowling figures in 4 years as Nottinghamshire and Hampshire reached the midway stage of their Vitality County Championship match nearly on degree phrases.

Stone took 4 for 62 with new-ball associate Dillon Pennington backing him up with three for 70, but after slipping to 77 for 5 with Tom Prest unable to bat after struggling an harm within the area, Hampshire rebuilt round a sixth-wicket stand of 157 between all-rounder Liam Dawson (95) and veteran seamer Keith Barker (74) to say a first-innings lead of 41 at 276 all out.

Nottinghamshire suffered a setback when skipper Haseeb Hameed was out to the second ball of their second innings however ended day two on 33 for one, simply eight runs in arrears.

Earlier, Nottinghamshire all-rounder Lyndon James had turned his in a single day 92 into a primary century of the season, ending unbeaten on 106 as the house aspect had been bowled out for 235.

If he can keep match, Stone’s categorical tempo would make him a sexy proposition as England search for a bowling reset with James Anderson about to observe Stuart Broad into retirement.

He final represented his nation in two one-day internationals in South Africa initially of final yr however spent a lot of the 2023 home season sidelined by persistent hamstring issues, one other irritating episode in a profession repeatedly hampered by accidents.

9 down for 212 in a single day, Nottinghamshire’s first innings limped on simply lengthy sufficient to fulfil the target of seeing James safely throughout the road. The 25-year-old, a real home-grown expertise, was in search of his first hundred since hitting three in his breakthrough season in 2022.

Final-wicket associate Dane Paterson nearly denied him, chancing a single which will nicely have seen him run out on 95 had Fletcha Middleton’s throw hit the stumps with James nonetheless scrambling to make his floor.

The second was forgotten, although, when Kyle Abbott supplied up just about a large long-hop within the subsequent over and James had the attain to smash it to the off-side boundary for his ninth 4, ensuring his 5 and 1 / 4 hours on the crease weren’t expended on a mere ninety-something.

A fulsome swing of the bat then noticed Paterson caught behind as Nottinghamshire had been bowled out for 235.

Stone wanted solely three balls to make his first impression of the day, discovering the sting of Ali Orr’s defensive bat as Hampshire went a wicket down for no runs.

Their innings nearly mirrored the sample of Nottinghamshire’s with half their wickets falling cheaply. Felix Organ, dropped off Stone at third slip on three, had added solely two extra Stone discovered the sting once more and Calvin Harrison made a tremendous seize at second slip.

By lunch, Hampshire had been 61 for 3 as skipper James Vince, having taken benefit of Pennington’s wrestle to search out his early rhythm by hitting 4 boundaries in a single over, acquired himself barely squared up towards Paterson and was caught behind.

Middleton fell two overs after lunch with no addition, gloving a catch to Clark as he tried to evade a brief supply from Pennington, after which Stone returned to say his third wicket as Ben Brown nudged one to 3rd slip, leaving Hampshire 5 down for 77, nonetheless 158 behind.

But thereafter the afternoon became a story of frustration for the house aspect. After surviving what remained of Stone’s second spectacular spell of the day, Dawson and Barker grew to become extra expansive, Barker driving his luck on a number of events because the ball flew in unpredictable instructions off completely different components of the bat.

Barker took full benefit of his success, twice whipping Pennington for sixes over the midwicket boundary and twice reverse sweeping Harrison’s leg-spin for 4 earlier than Dawson, who had been circumspect initially, went after James with three boundaries in the identical over.

The pair had been parted quickly after tea when Stone returned for a 3rd spell, the England bowler angling one in from large on the crease that beat Barker for tempo, knocking again his off stump.

James Fuller helped Dawson add one other 36 earlier than an uppercut off Pennington looped to sub fielder James Hayes at large third man, after which the innings ended comparatively shortly within the absence of Prest, with Abbott leg earlier than to Harrison and Dawson departing with a close to carbon copy of Fuller’s shot as Pennington picked up his third.

Hameed was a second-ball casualty as Nottinghamshire started their second innings, edging a rashly extravagant drive to 3rd slip off Barker, earlier than Will Younger and Ben Slater safely negotiated what remained of the 15 overs earlier than the shut.

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