Jimmy Adams was left to rue James Taylor’s incredible late onslaught as Hampshire relinquished their unbeaten start to the CB40 campaign.
The Nottinghamshire batsman produced the late fireworks with the visitors piling on 130 runs in the final 10 overs as they raced to 277 for four, which ultimately proved too many to chase.
While Hampshire got close in their reply – falling just 12 runs short – the Royals skipper knew that the turning point had been Taylor’s late burst to inflict a first defeat of the season on his side.
Adams said: ‘It was a freaky last 10 overs from them that took their innings way beyond what anyone expected and it probably proved to be one good over too many for us.
‘I don’t think we missed by much and it was a case of very small margins.
‘Every time we missed by a little bit, he didn’t really mishit one.
‘It was one heck of an innings by Taylor. His last 80 runs came in hardly any time at all.
‘Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say “Well played”.
‘It was an outstanding innings.
‘We wanted to challenge him to hit over the top and then about two overs later, he was pinging it all over the show.
‘We missed by small margins and he made us pay.’
While Taylor spearheaded Nottinghamshire’s innings in spectacular style, Adams was unable to match him, despite himself, Michael Carberry and Sean Ervine all reaching half-centuries.
Adams said: ‘Possibly myself, Carbs and Slug (Ervine) needed to get a big one after getting ourselves in.
‘If you are chasing a big total you need one of your batters to see it through.
‘Dimi then played beautifully and there were some real signs of what we know he can do.
‘For three of the top five to get in like that and not get something really big to put them under the pump is disappointing.
‘Getting a nice 50 is okay, but to win a game you need to get somewhere near 100 and we weren’t quite able to press that home.
‘But I thought we did pretty well with our chase and it gave Dimi the chance to do what he can do.
‘He was very close to getting us over the line.
‘It was probably a pretty good game for the neutral but for us, unfortunately, we didn’t quite come out on the right side of it.
‘But now we’ll look to put that right against Surrey on Sunday.’