Nottinghamshire came out on the wrong end of things in the inaugural match at Newclose Cricket Ground on the Isle of Wight.

The county had been set a huge challenge, facing a fourth innings victory target of 439 but were bowled out for 194 half an hour before tea on the final afternoon.

Having lost their openers on the third evening, Notts resumed on 42 for two but faced a huge challenge in trying to bat the day out.

The Hampshire seamers, as in the Nottinghamshire first innings, each took three wickets, to speed their side to victory by 244 runs and up to second place in the table.

The opening over of the day was a maiden but then a flurry of runs increased the total by 26 over the next nine deliveries.

Matt Carter accelerated quickly to 23, taking 14 from an Abbott over before Keith Barker ended the early fun by trapping the nightwatchman lbw with a ball that kept low.

The former Warwickshire bowler then had Joe Clarke put down by Abbott at mid-on but the spill wasn’t costly; Clarke was still awaiting his first run when he nicked Abbott behind. 

Jake Libby batted for over an hour and withstood a seriously quick barrage from Fidel Edwards, who set three close catchers on the leg-side.

Meanwhile, Nash’s only moment of morning concern was when he was involved in a running miscommunication with Libby, when on 48, and was grateful that Sam Northeast’s aim was slightly awry.

The former Sussex batsmen moved to his second championship 50 of the season immediately afterwards, cutting Edwards for his seventh boundary.

Edwards’ persistence eventually paid off, as his continued line of attack reaped rewards when Libby (17) popped the ball up into the hands of short leg.

Notts resumed on 131 for five but received two swift setbacks, as Abbott dismissed both Nash and Tom Moores with lbw decisions.

Nash was struck on the back pad and sent on his way by umpire Millns, who then also adjudicated against the Notts’ gloveman when he received a ball that scuttled along the turf into his pads.

Steven Mullaney (12) was put down at slip by Ajinkya Rahane, off Mason Crane but the drop wasn’t too expensive, with the Nottinghamshire captain edging Barker onto his stumps from another delivery that didn’t bounce.

Stuart Broad and Luke Fletcher remained together for eight overs until Broad (9) nicked Edwards to slip.

Fletcher punched his way to 25 but was left undefeated as last man Jake Ball hit Crane to cover.

Notts took only four bonus points from the match and now have a break of 11 days until they face Warwickshire at Edgbaston in their next Specsavers County Championship fixture.


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