A SUPERB knock from Neil McKenzie and a three-wicket burst from Chris Wood put Hampshire on top in their County Championship match against Notts.
The South African batsman’s 235-ball innings helped the hosts hit back from 26 for three, to eventually post a score of 213 at the Rose Bowl.
Left-armer Wood then struck his treble blow – reducing the visitors to 35 for three in reply.
After the first day’s play was washed-out, Hampshire would have been aiming to make a solid start yesterday.
However, within an hour their top-three were back in the dressing room. First, opener Liam Dawson was trapped lbw by Charlie Shreck for just six.
Stand-in skipper Jimmy Adams soon followed, bowled off his pads by Darren Pattinson for seven.
The same man accounted for Michael Carberry (four) shortly after – keeper Chris Read taking the catch – as Notts had the hosts toiling.
McKenzie and James Vince sought to repair the early damage, but the latter could only muster six before Samit Patel had him caught by Pattinson for six.
Sean Ervine joined McKenzie at the wicket, but as lunch loomed Graeme White got one to turn and bounce and Ervine could only pop it up to short-leg for Riki Wessels to clutch.
McKenzie remained defiant and, with wicket-keeper Michael Bates, shepherded Hants to 86 for five at the break.
The pair stretched their partnership to 51 after lunch, before Bates was clean bowled by Steven Mullaney for 24.
A rain shower saw the players take an early tea break, but in the final session McKenzie and Wood continued the hosts’ recovery.
Wood hammered two huge sixes, before the youngster became the seventh wicket to fall, edging a Patel delivery to first-slip after a bright and breezy 34.
Danny Briggs was Patel’s third victim of the day when he looped the ball to Mullaney on six.
Imran Tahir followed, again to Patel, and last-man David Griffiths was unable to hang around long enough to see McKenzie to a deserved century – snaffled at short-leg off the bowling of White to end the innings on 213.
Hants needed an early breakthrough and Wood obliged, having Neil Edwards caught in the slips with the score on 15, before clean-bowling Alex Hales three balls later.
Riki Wessels became his third victim shortly after – also bowled all ends up – before Patel and Voges took Notts safely through to the close 178 runs behind.