County Championship: Taylor and Hales put Hants in trouble

Alex Hales
Alex Hales scored 236 against Yorkshire in Nottinghamshire's previous match
LV= County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl (day three)
Nottinghamshire 371 & 296-4: Taylor 103, Hales 94
Hampshire 276: Adams 61, Wood 3-68
Nottinghamshire lead by 391 runs
Nottinghamshire 6pts, Hampshire 5pts
Match scorecard

Brendan Taylor and Alex Hales continued their excellent form with the bat as Nottinghamshire pressed home their advantage over Hampshire on day three.

Taylor (103) and Hales (94) scored freely to increase their side's lead after Hampshire were dismissed for 276.

Hampshire could only add 109 runs to their overnight total as the Notts attack shared the wickets between them.

James Taylor (53 not out) added late runs to leave the visitors with a commanding lead of 391 at the close.

Notts' in-form batsmen
Brendan Taylor and Alex Hales have now scored a combined 836 runs in three games for Nottinghamshire this season.

The visitors were on top right from the beginning of the day with batsmen Adam Wheater and Will Smith (35) both dismissed for the addition of just 29 runs.

Hampshire's six wickets fell to six different bowlers and that all-round performance with the ball, laid the foundations for the batsmen to build a sizable lead.

Gareth Berg pinned Steven Mullaney lbw, but Brendan Taylor, who had been dropped on 7, and Hales, named in the England one-day squad to face Ireland, scored quickly to take the game away from the hosts and manufacture a potentially winning position.

Zimbabwean Taylor was lbw to Liam Dawson after completing his second Championship century of the season and Hales fell six short of his second ton of the match, but the damage had been done and James Taylor's cameo saw them to stumps on 296-4.

Hampshire batsman James Vince:

"I felt in good batting form here yesterday until I ran myself out and I think I'm in a good place.

"Hopefully I will get a score tomorrow to try and claw us back into this game. It is a good opportunity to get a big score.

"There's a bit of weather around and I guess they will declare overnight. We'll have to bat the day out to get something from the game.

"The wicket has got easier paced for the batters, so I'm confident going into tomorrow that we'll see out the game."

Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales:

"I was very disappointed how I got out. I had all the leg side to aim for and I picked out the bowler.

"I'm trying not to think about getting 1,000 runs by the end of May, I am just taking each game as it comes.

"Our batting unit is as strong as it ever has been. The guys are in great form and it was great to carry that form into today.

"We will look to bowl straight away in the morning and look to take 10 wickets and hopefully the bowlers can back us up."

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