County Championship: Nottinghamshire facing fight to draw with Hampshire

Hampshire batsman Jimmy Adams
Jimmy Adams has made six half-centuries in first-class cricket this season, but has yet to reach 100
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge, day three
Hampshire 319 & 393-7 dec: Adams 99, Alsop 93, McLaren 71*; Tahir 3-111
Nottinghamshire 245 & 42-2: Mullaney 18*
Nottinghamshire (4 pts) require 425 more to win against Hampshire (6 pts)

Nottinghamshire lost two early wickets after Hampshire set them 467 to win in a relegation battle at Trent Bridge.

Having resumed on 106-1, the visitors added 96 runs before Jimmy Adams was caught behind off Jake Ball for 99.

Tom Alsop's 93, and half-centuries from Liam Dawson and Ryan McLaren, helped Hampshire reach 393-7 before declaring.

Jake Libby was caught off the bowling of Andy Carter, before Mason Crane removed Riki Wessels as Notts closed on 42-2, still needing 425 to win.

Hampshire would leapfrog their opponents to eighth in Division One should they take the final eight wickets on Tuesday, with Notts currently only four points above them in the table.

The visitors dominated the morning session thanks to Adams and Alsop's 160-run stand, but Adams fell one run short of his first century of the season.

Alsop also lost his wicket when close to reaching a maiden first-class ton, but McLaren's 81 from 71 deliveries kept their side firmly in command.

Carter removed Libby with his first ball of the innings, having already taken 4-52, while Wessels' dismissal with final ball of the third session left Notts with a daunting challenge to deny Hampshire victory on the final day.

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