Rain holds up Notts’ victory push

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Rain frustrated Nottinghamshire’s quest to beat Hampshire on day four at the Ageas Bowl.

Play was delayed for the whole of the morning session after dark clouds and rain were a constant above Southampton – the umpires not even scheduling an inspection as they abandoned any hope of morning play just after midday.

Notts are expected to declare with a lead of 391 if the weather clears up in the afternoon – giving themselves a maximum of two sessions to bowl Hampshire out.

The visitors are in the stronger match position after centuries by Brendan Taylor and Alex Hales , who celebrated an England call-up yesterday.

Notts took a first innings lead of 95 after bowling Hampshire out for an unconvincing 276 before motoring at five an over on Tuesday evening to set an imperious total.