Hampshire won by 244 runs to extend Nottinghamshire’s winless run, while Surrey could not get the wickets they needed to defeat Kent
Keith Barker, Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards whittled through Nottinghamshire’s batting on another bonny day on the Isle of Wight, where summer fancies floated on the breeze. With three wickets apiece, they regularly sent batsmen on the slow trudge home until, by mid-afternoon, Jake Ball was caught off Mason Crane and it was all over – a victory for Hampshire by 244 runs.
Chris Nash, with a steady 60, was the only man to score over 25. Hampshire’s stand-in captain, Sam Northeast, was full of praise for the Newclose ground: “Sometimes you can get really bad out-grounds, but for certain there will be more cricket played here in the future.”
Kent and Surrey has indeed finished in a draw – the defending champions’ third in a row this season. They are fifth in the Division One table, with Somerset, Hampshire, Yorkshire and Kent above them.