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Hampshire will look to win their first County Championship title since 1973 when they face Lancashire at Liverpool next week; Liam Dawson takes five wickets as Hants beat Nottinghamshire by 122 runs on day three at the Ageas Bowl to climb to the top of the table with one round of games remaining

Last updated: 09/14/21 19:08

Liam Dawson’s five-wicket transport saw Hampshire beat Nottinghamshire to rise to the top of Division 1 in the County Championship with one game to go

Liam Dawson propelled Hampshire to the top of LV = Insurance County Championship Division One with a round of games to go after the leaders Nottinghamshire surrendered after tea on a dramatic third day at the Ageas Bowl only to fall into defeat of 122 points.

Chasing 250 for the win, the visitors started well but then lost nine wickets for 63 races as Dawson finished with 5-45 and Felix Organ 3-22 after Mohammad Abbas took the crucial wicket from Ben Duckett for 33.

After knocking out the hosts for 178 after a delayed start, the visitors were 64-1 only to be regrouped for 127 on a dramatic day at Southampton.

The victory leaves Hampshire in a position to seal a first league title since 1973 when they face Lancashire – victorious against Somerset this week – in Liverpool from next Tuesday.

The game was delayed until 1pm due to heavy morning rain and once the game resumed Hampshire added 45 points to their 133-7 on the night.

Notts all-rounder Liam Patterson-White continued his first 53 innings by mopping the tail to claim his first five-wicket transport, firing Keith Barker for 29, Brad Wheal for three and James Fuller for 21

Notts was 64-1 in the 22nd – England’s Haseeb Hameed (8) falling to Abbas in the 10th – but surrendered once Duckett, who had previously shared words with Abbas, prompting the intervention of the referee Martin Saggers, was away from the Pakistani crimper. .

Dawson, reintroduced into the attack following Duckett’s dismissal, then eliminated Ben Slater (25), Steven Mullaney (3) and Joe Clarke (9), before Organ counted Patterson-White (4), Tom Moores ( 8) and Brett Hutton (3).

Dawson then sidelined Luke Fletcher (4) and Joey Evison (22) to complete Hampshire’s victory and drop Nottinghamshire to third place in the standings.

Watch Vitality Blast Finals Day live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10:30 am Saturday as Somerset, Hampshire, Kent and Sussex vie for the title.

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