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Patel ton deepens Hampshire's misery

Samit Patel

Samit Patel's unfurls a cut in his 108 not out that set too high a target for Hampshire, whose torrid start to the season continues

The second limited-overs hundred of Samit Patel's career propelled Nottinghamshire to a 12-run victory over winless Hampshire at Trent Bridge.

Former England one-day all-rounder Patel, 25, started slowly but accelerated in the later stages of the Outlaws innings to finish unbeaten on 108, as the hosts posted a competitive total of 265 for eight, Alex Hales making 46.

Hampshire got off to a flying start but fell behind the required run-rate in the middle overs and, despite a battling 96 off 88 balls from Sean Ervine, were unable to recover.

The result leaves Notts on five points from four matches and still with a chance of catching Group C leaders Warwickshire, while Hampshire are still to claim a point in the competition.

Outlaws opener Hales, fresh from scoring a double century for the second XI during the week, began their innings at a terrific pace, as the hosts raced to 59 before Neil Edwards was caught at long-off in the eighth over.

Hales and Mark Wagh fell in consecutive balls to Ervine, but Patel and Ali Brown added 85 in 15 overs before the part-time off-spin of Michael Carberry tempted Brown to drive to long-off, having made 43 from 42 balls. Chris Read departed in the following over.

Steven Mullaney made a useful 23 before he was caught behind to hand Ervine his third wicket, and Paul Franks and Graeme White also fell cheaply in the closing stages.

Patel had posted his first 50 off 57 balls but needed only 32 further deliveries to reach his century, which inlcuded eight fours and four sixes, three of which were hit inside-out over cover.

Hampshire saw opener Jimmy Adams fall lbw to Andy Carter in the second over but James Vince hit 27 off 18 balls before he was caught behind off Franks.

Carberry put on 60 for the third wicket with Ervine before he was bowled by Carter for 35, at which point the left-arm spin of White and Patel and the medium-pace of Mullaney put a stranglehold on the batting.

Neil McKenzie played on to Mullaney and Liam Dawson edged to Read off White to leave Hampshire struggling.

While captain Nic Pothas remained at the crease with Ervine there was always a slim chance of victory, but once the former Zimbabwe all-rounder holed out to long-on off Patel the game was up.

Pothas perished in the final over for 40 and, despite some lusty blows from Dominic Cork, Hampshire fell just short.