County Championship: Hampshire on top against Nottinghamshire despite Steven Mullaney ton

Hampshire bowler Kyle Abbott
Kyle Abbott dismissed three of Nottinghamshire's top five
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Newport (day two):
Hampshire 310: Weatherley 66; Fletcher 4-79 & 3-1
Nottinghamshire 239: Mullaney 102; Barker 3-46, Edwards 3-49
Hampshire (6 pts) lead Nottinghamshire (4 pts) by 74 runs

Nottinghamshire captain Steven Mullaney hit a defiant 102 but Hampshire ended day two on top on the Isle of Wight.

The hosts, who replaced England spinner Liam Dawson with Mason Crane, only added 22 runs to take their overnight score from 288-6 to 310 all out.

Kyle Abbott (3-61) starred as the hosts then ripped through the Notts top order to leave them in deep trouble at 72-5.

But Mullaney's 13 fours and two sixes from 230 balls guided the visitors to 239 and Hampshire were 3-1 at stumps.

All-rounder Mullaney was the last man out, but his stunning rearguard effort frustrated Hampshire who looked certain to end up with much more than their healthy 71-run first-innings lead.

Dawson's withdrawal following his selection for the England's World Cup squad, came after he was the last man out for 25 on day one.

In the morning session Luke Fletcher (4-79) had Fidel Edwards caught at extra cover by Joe Clarke to end the innings as their final four wickets fell in just 35 minutes.

Abbott and Barker (3-46) then set about dismissing the Notts top five between them.

Mullaney's heroics halted the home charge and he was ably supported by Tom Moores (34) and Matthew Carter, whose 14 came off 69 balls.

Notts then made a vital breakthrough in the six overs that remained, Fletcher striking to remove Joe Weatherley lbw for two and leave the hosts 3-1 with a lead of 74 runs.

Hampshire batsman Ajinkya Rahane:

"I was pretty disappointed in the first innings the way I got out so I wanted to make it count. We needed that partnership between me and Sam because we were in a tricky situation this morning.

"The intent we showed in the middle was very special. I really enjoyed the partnership with Sam. Our communication was fantastic.

"I was happy with my discipline. I had the mindset to play close to the body which I knew wasn't going to be easy in England. In India we can drive the ball but here you have to respect the conditions."

Nottinghamshire bowling coach Andy Pick:

"It has been a long day. The bowlers have but a good shift in this game and it is nice to see them come out without any injuries. They gave it what they could and now we have a long day of batting ahead of us.

"If we could have got two or three wickets in the first hour then we hoped we could hold them and put some pressure on them. But we find ourselves behind the eight-ball.

"You had two guys who can both play and if you put them in the right conditions and the outfield is quicker and the pitch is flatter and this is where these guys earn their corn."

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