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Hampshire 326 (Berg 72, Dawson 69, McLaren 52, Gurney 4-70) and 200 for 2 (Carberry 84*, Adams 70) beat Nottinghamshire 340 (Wessels 104, Mullaney 58, Edwards 6-88) and 185 (Taylor 90, Edwards 4-57) by eight wickets
Hampshire have preserved their Division One status on the final day of the season after defeating Nottinghamshire by eight wickets at Trent Bridge. They secured the victory needed to keep their hopes alive after chasing down a victory target of 200, and their perseverance was rewarded shortly after 3pm, when news filtered through from Headingley that Sussex had succumbed to the county champions, Yorkshire, by 100 runs.
"I'm so happy right now. I don't know what it feels like lifting a cup, but this probably feels just as good, if not better," said Fidel Edwards, Hampshire's former West Indies fast bowler whose match haul of 10 for 145 was instrumental in the victory.
"To come here and win was a great effort where we showed our class," Edwards told BBC Radio Solent. "It's a great feeling to be staying Division One. It's been a good team effort and we're really happy right now. Come next year, it's going to be hard to beat us."
"We've played some really good cricket in the last few weeks," said James Vince, Hampshire's captain. "I think we've got the balance of our side right, and that will stand us in good stead for next season. Fidel Edwards has been outstanding. On a flat pitch like this one having someone like him who can get wickets makes a big difference."
Openers Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry had laid the foundation for the win by putting on 89 together on the third evening and after a watchful half hour they took their stand into three figures. Adams moved to his 50 from 81 deliveries and Carberry followed shortly afterwards, running Stuart Broad for back-to-back boundaries to the vacant third man area to reach the milestone.
The opening stand reached 129, at which point Jake Ball struck with two wickets in as many deliveries. Adams chopped on to his stumps after making 70 and then Lions captain James Vince was cleaned up first ball by his fellow squad member.
Carberry's half-century had arrived in 110 deliveries and he made sure there was no way back into the contest for the hosts as he unleashed a flurry of shots, before scampering a single to mid-on to clinch the contest.
Carberry closed on 84 not out and Will Smith was unbeaten on 34 at the end. Nottinghamshire's defeat, their first loss in eight matches, confirmed their third place finish in the table.
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