Matt Wood underlined his return to form with a season’s best 77 as Nottinghamshire cruised to a first innings lead against Hampshire on day two.

Wood shared a fruitful partnership with Mark Wagh (66) after the early dismissal of Will Jefferson to take Notts to 173-1 before the pair fell to Nantie Hayward in the same over.

Adam Voges (49) and Bilal Shafayat (27) made useful contributions and captain Chris Read will resume alongside Andre Adams with Notts 337-7.

“Matt Wood did very well and he shared a decent partnership with Mark Wagh to help us to the first innings lead that we were looking for,” said Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“The immediate target is to get to 400 runs to take maximum bonus points and we’ll be looking to Chris and Andre to put a few more on the board tomorrow.

“It’s a flat wicket and the weather forecast is good so we’ll have our work cut out when Hampshire are in to bat but we’ve maintained good discipline and played ourselves into a strong position.”

Hampshire missed a chance to dismiss Mark Wagh for a duck when slip fielder Michael Lumb dropped a straightforward catch.