County Championship: Kyle Abbott takes 6-37 as Hampshire bowl out Notts

Kyle Abbott
Former South Africa bowler Kyle Abbott signed a four-year Kolpak deal with Hampshire in 2017
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Welbeck CC (day one)
Nottinghamshire 162: Mullaney 45; Abbott 6-37
Hampshire 93-2: Weatherley 47*, Rahane 34
Hampshire (3 pts) trail Nottinghamshire (1 pt) by 69 runs

Kyle Abbott took 6-37 as Hampshire skittled Nottinghamshire for 162 before making good progress with the bat on a dominant first day at Welbeck.

The South African paceman, ably supported by James Fuller (2-33) and Keith Barker (2-40), tore through the hosts' fragile order.

Only captain Steven Mullaney offered any genuine resistance with 45.

Hampshire then recovered from the loss of opener Oliver Soames to close on 93-2, just 69 runs behind.

The late wicket of Ajinkya Rahane (34), caught by Mullaney off the bowling of England seamer Jake Ball, will offer Notts some encouragement but Hampshire remain in a healthy position.

Joe Weatherley is unbeaten on 47, while nightwatchman Mason Crane managed to survive 14 deliveries prior to stumps.

The two teams have had contrasting starts to the season, with Hampshire second after three victories from five and winless Nottinghamshire bottom.

Other than the drawn match with Yorkshire, Notts have only managed to post a score of 300 or more on one occasion in the Championship in 2019 - and that was after being dismissed in their first innings against Warwickshire for 97 in their previous game.

Their top-order frailties were again on show against Hampshire, with Ben Duckett (22) and Samit Patel (24) both getting starts but failing to go on to make a significant contribution.

Only four of their batsmen reached double figures and their struggles were further emphasised by Weatherley and Rahane (34), who put on 80 for the visitors' second wicket.

Notts head coach Peter Moores told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"We are very disappointed to be bowled out for 162. In our top order we didn't build the partnerships that we needed to, to have any impact on the game.

"We got people in but then they got out, which is something in four-day cricket that you can't do. You've got to sell your wickets dearly and we didn't see that.

"The captain probably led by example, he played compact and late and batted very well. We missed a couple of chances but to get rid of Rahane was a big wicket for us."

Hampshire fast bowler Kyle Abbott:

"It's always tricky coming to an out ground because you don't know what you are going to get but there was plenty in it for the bowlers.

"It is almost ideal when you have an uncontested toss and you bowl first to get an early wicket. It comes with a little risk and reward.

"That was a fantastic partnership at the end (between Weatherley and Rahane) and it has put us in a good space."

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