Hampshire: Brad Wheal rolls over Nottinghamshire to crank up survival bid

Brad Wheal
Brad Wheal
George Bailey is bowled for a duck against Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

Hampshire fall to Essex loss

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Hampshire moved off the bottom of the County Championship division one table and rekindled their hopes of survival with a 176-run victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Chasing 498 for glory, the home side fought valiantly on the final day before being bowled out for 291.

Steven Mullaney led Nottinghamshire’s rearguard action with 137 from 277 deliveries but in the end Brad Wheal stole the show with a career-best six for 51.

The Hampshire paceman, 19, said: ‘It’s special to get figures like that on such an important day for us in terms of our season and it’s great to get wickets for the team.

‘It was such a great feeling walking off the field knowing we had done all we can when it was needed.’

Hampshire leapfrogged Nottinghamshire into eighth place in the top-flight table.

However, they are still 16 points short of safety with four games remaining.

Mullaney, meanwhile, was left crestfallen.

The Nottinghamshire opener said: ‘I’d gladly swap the hundred for a duck in both innings and not get beaten like that.

‘We’ve got four games left and it’s time to start doing instead of saying.

‘We keep saying, game after game, but it’s time for harsh realities and we need to start fronting up.

‘We’re very disappointed and we have to play better or we’re in division two next season, it’s as simple as that.’