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Nottinghamshire trio star with ball as leaders beat Hampshire

Broad, Ball and Gurney took three wickets apiece.


James Weighell was the star of the day's County Championship action

James Weighell was the star of the day's County Championship action

James Weighell was the star of the day's County Championship action

England seamers Stuart Broad, Jake Ball and Harry Gurney took three wickets apiece as Nottinghamshire kept up their hot start to the Specsavers County Championship season by beating Hampshire.

Notts’ third win of the season was secured by a 203-run margin as Hampshire were unable to bat out the final day despite Hashim Amla’s defiant century.

The South Africa star was last out for 112 to Ball, who finished with three for 64 as new-ball partner Broad’s three for 57 was matched by Gurney.

The day’s other two games in Division One were both drawn, Scott Borthwick making 82 not out to see Surrey safely through at 173 for three against Worcestershire. Young spinner Amar Virdi earlier took six for 105 in the visitors’ 526, which saw Ed Barnard add 66 to Joe Clarke’s day-three century.

Somerset had to work harder against Lancashire, surviving on 269 for eight with Marcus Trescothick padded up despite a broken foot in case he was required. Jack Leach (66) and Tim Groenewald (36 not out) saw off that possibility despite Matty Parkinson’s five for 101.

In Division Two, Durham pulled off a stunning comeback win after following on against Leicestershire as James Weighell took a career-best seven for 32.

It was Weighell’s 38 runs that lifted Leicestershire’s meagre target to 148 after Gavin Griffiths looked to have bowled them into a dominant position with six for 49.

And after Chris Rushworth took three early wickets before being forced off by injury, Weighell ripped through the remainder of the order as the Foxes were skittled for 101 to lose by 46 runs.

Sussex battled to a three-wicket win over Middlesex, Ben Brown’s unbeaten 65 the key to their successful chase of 230.

The captain was ably backed up by nightwatchman Danny Briggs (39) and Michael Burgess (22) before Ollie Robinson struck the winning boundary that took Sussex to 232 for seven.