Patel efforts in vain for Notts

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Samit Patel

Nottinghamshire's Samit Patel took career-best bowling figures of 7-68 but it was not enough to help his side to victory against Hampshire

Slow left-armer Samit Patel took a career-best 7-68 but Nottinghamshire were forced to settle for a draw in their LV= County Championship Division One clash against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

The visitors came desperately close to inflicting a sixth defeat of the season on Hampshire after being set 202 to win in 72 overs.

However, they finished four runs short on 198 for six with the controversial wicket, which later cost Hampshire eight championship points, still offering plenty of assistance to the spin bowlers.

Hampshire began the final day on 86 for six, a lead of 116, and Patel was made to wait for his next breakthrough.

Dominic Cork’s men added 85 precious runs for the last four wickets with reserve wicketkeeper Michael Bates making 31 and Chris Wood scoring 28.

Bates and Wood put on 53 for the seventh wicket before Patel had Wood caught behind by Chris Read, while fellow spinner, Graeme White swiftly sent back Danny Briggs and Imran Tahir.

Patel finished off the Hampshire resistance at 171 when he had the obdurate Bates, who had faced 110 balls, caught in the slips.

The Nottinghamshire all-rounder finished with match figures of 11-111 and his efforts in the second-innings beat his previous best figures of 6-84.

Nottinghamshire got off to a woeful start when Neil Edwards was caught by Neil McKenzie in the slips off Tahir and after the lunch interval, David Griffiths bowled Alex Hales and Patel edged Wood to wicketkeeper Bates.

Riki Wessels and Adam Voges set about repairing the innings with a crucial stand of 130 for the fourth wicket but against some tight bowling and excellent fielding, the partnership occupied 56 overs, putting pressure on the later batsmen.

Wessels batted almost 63 overs for his 43 before he was bowled by Wood and Voges departed at 149 just as Nottinghamshire looked to accelerate.

Voges had struck six boundaries and faced 177 balls for his 79 before he turned Tahir to short-leg where Sean Ervine held the catch.

Sixth-wicket pair Steven Mullaney and Chris Read attempted to push the score along in a stand of 47 but they found the task beyond them.

Nottinghamshire required 42 from the last four overs and 11 from the last and with three balls to go Mullaney, searching for the boundary his team required, was stumped by Bates off Tahir.

Read and Andre Adams needed six runs off the last three balls but could only manage two between them to deprive both sides of victory.

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