Battling Vince can't save Hampshire
Nottinghamshire 326 and 380 for 6 beat Hampshire 295 and 220 (Vince 75, Pothas 63*, Pattinson 4-53) by 191 runs
Nottinghamshire, the Division One leaders accounted for Hampshire, who never appeared remotely capable of making 412 to win, in the final session at The Rose Bowl. On this occasion, though, it was not Samit Patel who proved to be the chief wicket-taker, for the entire attack of Darren Pattinson, Luke Fletcher, Charlie Shreck, Mark Ealham, Adam Voges and Patel himself had their triumphs. This was Nottinghamshire's third championship victory of the season, and their bowling here, coupled with quick run-scoring, resulted in telling cricket and a victory by 191 runs.
Two batsmen prevented Nottinghamshire from winning as quickly as they would have liked before a disappointing last day crowd: James Vince, an 18-year-old from Warminster in Wiltshire - but one of several talented teenagers emerging from the county's academy - who made 75, and Nic Pothas, all tattooed belligerence in his role as stand-in captain, an unbeaten 63. The pitch had not deteriorated as much as expected, but Hampshire had lost Jimmy Adams in the three overs batting they had had on Saturday evening, and there was insufficient defiance before lunch.
James Tomlinson, the nightwatchman, swiftly went to Pattinson, taken at short leg as he played a rising ball off his body. Michael Carberry went leg before, half forward, to Shreck, and when Michael Lumb drove Patel onto his boot and thence offered a return catch, Hampshire had subsided to 96 for 4. It would seem, though, that they have unearthed an excellent prospect in Vince, who, as in the first innings on his debut, started with three fours, this time all off Pattinson. He cuts, cover drives and pulls with some ease - Duncan Fletcher, now fulfilling a consultancy role with the county, was reminded of Michael Vaughan when he first saw him - and thoroughly irked the Australian Englishman.
At the other end, Chris Benham survived a strong appeal for a catch at second slip off Fletcher, only to be caught by Chris Read off the inside edge in the same over. When Vince went, caught at first slip as he made to drive Fletcher, Hampshire were 135 for six. Only twice had Vince played lax shots throughout his innings - a couple of loose drives outside off stump - but he could hardly be criticised for that after striking 11 fours in his half century, one all run, and 13 in his innings of 75. He only received confirmation he was playing on the first morning, when John Crawley failed a fitness test and the manner in which he batted did not surprise Giles White, Hampshire's coach. "This was a huge positive," he said.
Sean Ervine, requiring a runner to offset his hamstring strain, put on 46 with Pothas before driving Adam Voges' spin tamely to extra cover. When Dominic Cork was held at the wicket off Ealham, it was simply a matter of whether Pothas could retain sufficient of the strike to bring about a draw. He reached his half century off 123 balls with seven fours but, perhaps inevitably, ran out of partners, Pattinson finishing off the tail and concluding with figures of four for 53.