Andy Carter picks up four wickets to put Hampshire in control at Notts

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Andy Carter enjoyed a dream return to his old stomping ground, by claiming four wickets on his Hampshire debut in their crucial Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Carter, who left Nottingham for Derbyshire at the end of last season, took four for 52 as the home county were skittled out for just 245 in 75 overs.

The tall fast bowler, who recently joined Hants, rocked Notts with an explosive burst of three wickets for just six runs in only 12 deliveries at the start of the day.

Chris Read resisted the visitors’ attack in making an unbeaten 70, scoring his runs from 100 balls, to get his side within 74 of Hampshire’s first innings total of 319.

Batting for a second time, Jimmy Adams reached the close on 68 not out as Hampshire ended on 106 for one, an overall lead of 180

Notts had begun the day on 39 for one but soon lost their nightwatchman, Jake Ball, plus Riki Wessels and Steven Mullaney in a fiery early burst from Carter.

Ball hoisted his first delivery of the day to midwicket, without adding to his overnight score of 14. Wessels tried to take on his former team-mate and lifted a bouncer into the hands of Mason Crane on the fence and Mullaney chopped a rising delivery onto his stumps.

The home side were reduced to 91 for six when Brendan Taylor clipped Gareth Berg to square leg and Samit Patel hobbled off lbw after being hit on the foot by a full-pitched delivery from Brad Wheal.

Michael Lumb became Carter’s fourth victim, caught behind for 39, after adding 54 with Read.

The Notts skipper shared in another useful partnership, as Luke Wood added 27 out of the 48 they put on together, before he fell to a short-pitched delivery from Ryan McLaren, which deflected via bat and helmet to Jimmy Adams at slip.

A missed stumping by Lewis McManus, from the bowling of Liam Dawson, reprieved Tahir on five and he responded by launching Crane’s leg spin for the only maximum of the innings.

The unlucky Dawson had bowled 19 overs without success before getting his eventual reward by polishing off the innings with successive deliveries to remove Tahir and Harry Gurney.

In the final session of the day Smith was dismissed lbw for the second time in the game, trapped by Gurney for 20 but Adams, his opening partner, brought up a stylish 50 from 82 balls, with nine fours.

With two days of this Division One match remaining, bottom-placed Hampshire hold a substantial advantage over the side immediately above them in the table.