Danny Briggs insists the low-scoring in Hampshire’s Championship clash with Nottinghamshire is down to good bowling rather than a poor pitch.
With an ECB investigation under way on the state of the Rose Bowl wicket, Notts followed up Hampshire’s 213 all out by being dismissed for just 183.
Briggs was the cause of the visitors’ downfall, taking season-best figures of six for 65 on a dusty track, full of turn.
And with stand-in captain Jimmy Adams’ troops falling to 86 for six in their second innings, thanks to five wickets from opposition spinner Samit Patel, Briggs believes the slow bowlers have performed well to make the most of the conditions.
He said: ‘I think the pitch has obviously helped but all the spin bowlers who have bowled have still got to bowl the ball and bowl the ball in the right area to get wickets.
‘The wicket has helped a bit more this week but that has shown from the bowlers bowling in good areas and that’s probably why we’ve taken more wickets.
‘We’ve got points to win – the pitch inspectors can say whatever they want about the wicket.
‘If you travel to India or Sri Lanka you get these conditions anyway.
‘But the result is the main thing for us and, hopefully, we can get more runs and bowl them out.
‘I think, maybe 150 would be a competitive total to defend.’
Spin dominated the day’s play, with 14 of the 15 wickets being taken by the slower bowlers.
Despite Briggs taking the majority of them, England rival Samit Patel shone for Notts with five for 36 to leave the hosts in trouble going into the final day.
Briggs was quick to acknowledge his counterpart’s performance.
‘He’s bowled well and bowled according to the wicket,’ added the Isle of Wight youngster.
‘Our batsmen couldn’t do a lot more with the balls they received and he’s obviously an England candidate as well. So, good for him that he got the wickets.’
There was confusion over one of Briggs’ wickets, with Steve Mullaney being giving out, only to be reprieved.
The 20-year-old didn’t quite know what was happening, either.
‘It’s a weird one!’ said Briggs. ‘I’ve never seen that before and hopefully it doesn’t happen again and they keep walking off!’
‘I thought it hit his pad and so did (umpire) John Still.
‘He gave it out, we started celebrating and apparently he’s then been told it’s didn’t even hit Mullaney and he got called back. Luckily I bowled him out next over!’