Wagh wins it for Notts
Mark Wagh’s brilliant 131 not out propelled Nottinghamshire to their third straight LV= County Championship victory of season, while extending Hampshire’s dismal start.
The pivotal innings spanned just 158 balls and contained 17 fours and two sixes, after Notts had been set 245 to win.
Hampshire, who must contend with the troubling statistic of six defeats in all forms of the game, began the day on 177 for four.
Nic Pothas and James Vince's fift-wicket stand yielded only a further 13 runs before Pothas was trapped lbw by Darren Pattinson.
Vince looked in good touch, clipping Pattinson for three fours in an over, then followed as Paul Franks trapped him on the crease.
Dominic Cork and Sean Ervine put on 48 for the seventh wicket but once Cork became Hampshire’s third lbw victim of the morning the collapse was well under way.
With the tail failing to wag as Kabir Ali and Rangana Herath were both dismissed for ducks, the Sri Lankan first ball, and Ervine then prodding Samit Patel to Bilal Shafayat at short-leg three overs after lunch, the visitors looked comfortable.
Hampshire’s recovery got off to a terrible start as Kabir had to be replaced by David Griffiths in the attack due to a back complaint, and Nottinghamshire openers Shafayat and Neil Edwards looked to go to work.
Michael Carberry’s brilliant diving catch off Griffiths saw Edwards depart for eight but as Shafayat was dropped by Chris Benham at third slip it looked to be Nottinghamshire’s afternoon.
Wagh progressed to a brutal half-century from just 42 balls as he looked to get the job done quickly and at tea Notts were well-placed on 83 for one.
Benham did eventually hold a catch to dismiss Shafayat but, with Kabir unable to continue bowling, Hampshire’s attack lacked the bite to claim the vital wicket of Wagh.
He brought up his century from just 123 balls amid chaotic scenes at the Rose Bowl as wicketkeeper Pothas fell awkwardly, forcing Cork to replace him behind the stumps.
While Wagh was scoring freely, South Africa batsman Hashim Amla made his way to a sound half-century before being caught by sub fielder Benny Howell off Griffiths.
The paceman claimed his third wicket as Patel struck a bouncer to Benham at third man, but Wagh continued his punishment.
Although Ali Brown top-edged Herath to Griffiths, Wagh and Chris Read steered Notts home with ease.