Alex Hales thrashed a 96-ball hundred

Hampshire v Notts, LV= Championship, Division 1, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

Hales sights exclusive 1000-run club

Alex Hales has been feted as a potential saviour of England's one-day game but, after narrowly missing out on a third century in four innings (one of them a double), he is closing in on a fabled first-class landmark

Alex Hales talks to fans after a nets session

Hampshire v Notts, LV= Championship, Division 1, Trent Bridge, 1st day

Hales demands England attention

Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales struck an impressive century against Hampshire to ensure that he maintained England's attention.

Chris Read held up Yorkshire with an unbeaten 81

Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Read and Patel repel Yorkshire's push

A match that had been made particularly memorable by a trio of contrasting centurions on its first three days was saved by a collective display of grit from Nottinghamshire's middle order on the final afternoon

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Samit Patel picked up 3 for 30

Middlesex v Notts, Lord's, 2nd day

Gurney and Patel help Notts take hold

Nottinghamshire are in a strong position to start their County Championship campaign with a victory after dominating the second day against Middlesex at Lord's