The Guardian

Rain cannot halt Lancashire or Hampshire

- Geoff Lemon

Rain washed out day three of the penultimat­e round of the county championsh­ip across Leeds, London and the Midlands but two matches shaping Division One were completed. Lancashire jumped to top spot when they beat Somerset by 10 wickets at Taunton before Hampshire supplanted them in beating Nottingham­shire by 122 runs.

Having followed on, Somerset began 57 behind with six wickets in hand, hoping to build a lead. But Tom Bailey removed the overnight pair James Hildreth for 26 and Lewis Goldsworth­y for 22, before George Balderson and Jack Blatherwic­k wrapped up Somerset for 314. A chase of 32 was completed without fuss.

Southampto­n’s wet field delayed play until after lunch, when Hampshire’s three wickets in hand took them from 133 to 178 all out. Keith Barker’s 29 runs were important after his seven wickets on day two. That set Nottingham­shire 250 to win, which looked a chance at 64 for one while Ben Duckett reverse-swept a brisk 33. After he unwisely picked a fight with the Pakistan seam maestro Mohammad Abbas, Hampshire’s spinners took over, Liam Dawson finishing with five for 45 and Felix Organ three for 22 on a pitch that increasing­ly offered turn. Notts registered eight scores in single figures on the way to 127 all out.

 ??  ?? ▲ Liam Dawson claimed five for 45 to take Hampshire top of the table
▲ Liam Dawson claimed five for 45 to take Hampshire top of the table

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