County Championship: Hampshire take charge against Middlesex

Will Smith
Will Smith signed for Hampshire from Durham in September 2013
LV= County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl (day two)
Hampshire 413: Smith 93, Carberry 67, Dexter 5-64
Middlesex 102-3: Burns 38
Middlesex trail by 311 runs
Hampshire 3 pts, Middlesex 2 pts
Match scorecard

Division One table-toppers Middlesex endured a difficult second day against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

After a rain-delayed start, an innings-best partnership of 91 between Will Smith (93) and Gareth Berg (50) carried the hosts' score past 400.

Neil Dexter claimed four of the five wickets to fall in the day with his medium pace to achieve figures of 5-64.

Joe Burns (38) edged the penultimate ball of the day behind to leave Middlesex 102-3, still 311 runs behind.

Hampshire's long wait
Hampshire passed 400 runs in the first innings of a Division One match for the first time since September 2011.

Rain meant that play got under way at 14:15 BST and Hampshire lost Sean Ervine early on when he was bowled by Toby Roland-Jones after adding just one run.

That brought Gareth Berg to the crease and the former Middlesex man hit five fours and one six on his way to a first fifty for his new side, before he was caught in the deep trying to take on Dexter.

The medium-pacer then removed Smith with a bouncer seven runs short of his first Championship century of the season to expose Hampshire's tail.

Dexter dismissed Fidel Edwards and James Tomlinson to complete his third first-class five wicket haul and end the innings.

Hampshire began brightly with the ball and debutant Brad Wheal produced a quick delivery which nipped back to bowl Sam Robson, before Edwards struck with his first delivery to pin Nick Gubbins lbw.

The away side appeared to have weathered the early pressure but with the partnership worth 69 runs and Nick Compton 32 not out, Burns edged Ervine to Adam Wheater to underline the hosts' ascendency.

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