Adams gives Notts perfect start

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Andre Adams

Six second-innings wickets - and match figures of 11-85 - for Andre Adams propelled Notts to a convincing win over Hampshire

Andre Adams claimed career-best match figures of 11-85 as Nottinghamshire got their LV= County Championship defence off to an ideal start with a dominant nine-wicket victory over Hampshire at Trent Bridge.

New Zealander Adams ripped through the Hampshire batting line-up with 6-31 in the second innings to add to his earlier haul of 5-54.

Hampshire were bowled out for just 131, with James Vince unbeaten on 59, and Notts wasted little time in reaching the 23 required for victory.

Adams had earlier made a lively 37, including three fours and two sixes, as the hosts added 34 to their overnight first-innings total of 293 for nine before he became the last of David Griffiths’ wickets en route to figures of 6-85.

Having established a 75-run lead thanks to Samit Patel’s century on day two, Notts’ first task on resuming their first innings was to pass 300 for a third batting point and Adams’ dismissal ended their effort on 327.

That was about as good as the day got for the visitors, as Charlie Shreck struck in the second over of the second innings to remove Liam Dawson with an edge to Adams at third slip.

Luke Fletcher accounted for Jimmy Adams, who was caught behind, before Andre Adams came on in the 14th over and immediately trapped Neil McKenzie in front with an off-cutter.

Johann Myburgh departed in identical fashion straight after lunch, Sean Ervine was bowled by a booming inswinger and Nic Pothas drove loosely to edge through to Chris Read.

That left Hampshire 56 for six and, although Dominic Cork hung around to add 42 with Vince for the seventh wicket, the writing was on the wall.

Cork eventually sliced Shreck to Patel in the gully and the tail subsided quickly. Friedel de Wet was bowled off his pads, Danny Briggs edged to Alex Hales at first slip and Griffiths gave Fletcher his second wicket with another catch for Read.

Tea was taken before Notts knocked off the runs in 4.1 overs, Paul Franks being the only man to fall as he hooked a short ball from Griffiths to de Wet at long-leg.

A Mark Wagh pull to the midwicket boundary sealed the 22-point victory, and Notts will enjoy a day off ahead of their trip to Headingley Carnegie to take on Yorkshire on Wednesday.

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