Samit Patel struck the winning runs as Nottinghamshire moved clear at the top of the LV County Championship with a six wicket win over Hampshire.

Heavy rain had threatened to end the game with Notts 70 short of their victory target but after play resumed with enough time for 40 overs, Mark Wagh reached 67 and Patel scored 11 fours on his way to 65 not out.

Opener Will Jefferson edged to Michael Lumb at Slip and Adam Voges was caught behind gleaving Bilal Shafayat to contribute an unbeaten 14 to the run chase.

“It was a very good performance over the four days and the win will make a big difference to our standing because the table is very tight at this stage of the season,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“The bowlers won the game for us and it was a big ask to take 20 wickets on such a flat wicket.

“Andre took the wickets and Paul Franks was very economical and that gave us a chance to reach the target score.”

Matt Wood’s season-best 77 in the first innings set the tone for a comprehensive victory that earned 7 bonus points and gave Notts a 13 point lead over second-placed Durham.

Notts face Surrey at Trent Bridge from Friday 11 July and under 16s can watch for just £1 per day as part of the ECB’s ‘kids for a quid’ scheme.

1Nottinghamshire73222120 91.0
2Lancashire72141519 78.0
3Durham63211318 77.0
4Yorkshire72231918 77.0
5Kent72231519 74.0
6Sussex81252019 73.0
7Somerset62131418 72.0
8Hampshire71241220 62.0
9Surrey70252418 62.0