LV County Championship - Division One
Hampshire 203 (C E Shreck 4-48) & 449-5 dec (N Pothas 125 no, L A Dawson 100 no, M J Brown 93, C C Benham 66) v Nottinghamshire 211 (S R Patel 70, A G Prince 57, Imran Tahir 4-55) & 238 (S R Patel 77, Imran Tahir 4-58, A D Mascarenhas 4-43)
Hampshire (18pts) beat Nottinghamshire (4pts) by 203 runs
Nottinghamshire's title dreams were crushed by Hampshire, who recorded a 203-run victory at Trent Bridge on the final day of the season.
With Durham having completed their triumph over Kent earlier in the day, Nottinghamshire - who came into the final round with a 10-point lead - knew that only a win would be enough.
Nic Pothas (125no) and Liam Dawson (100no) both finished with unbeaten centuries as Hampshire extended their second innings from 376-5 to 449-5 declared during the fourth morning. Dawson, 18, surpassed his previous best first-class score of 38 on the way to a maiden visit into three figures.
Nottinghamshire were left to chase an unlikely 442, a task they never looked capable of achieving.
Hampshire skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas (4-43) ripped through the top three - Will Jefferson (24), Graeme Swann (14) and Mark Wagh (0) - to reduce the hosts to 48-3.
And despite a defiant 77 from Samit Patel, Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 211, Pakistan leg-spinner Imran Tahir (4-58) running through their lower order for the second time in the match.
Hampshire capitalised on good conditions to bat throughout the day and frustrate their title-chasing opponents.
Michael Brown and Chris Benham took as long as they wanted to make half-centuries, while skipper Nic Pothas reached his century shortly before the close to further aggravate the hosts, who saw Chris Read drop three chances behind the stumps.
The former England wicketkeeper put down Benham before lunch, when he had registered only five of his 66, century-maker Nic Pothas on 39 immediately after tea, and Liam Dawson on 19.
The latter pair took Hampshire to 376 for five at the close, a commanding lead of 368, and Nottinghamshire will need quick wickets if they are set up an unlikely run chase.
Held up by fog for 45 minutes at the start of the third day, Nottinghamshire managed one breakthrough before lunch and only three more across the final two sessions.
Michael Brown developed his overnight half-century into 93 before falling leg before to a sharply-turning delivery from Graeme Swann.
There was a further glimmer of hope when Mark Ealham struck three overs later as Sean Ervine slashed a wide one to slip which was gobbled up at the second attempt by Will Jefferson.
But from a position of 182 for four, Hampshire rallied once more thanks to Benham, who reverse-swept Swann to distraction on his way to an accomplished half-century.
A big-turning delivery from Samit Patel eventually accounted for Benham, just after Read had spilled Pothas off the same bowler, but Dawson survived two chances in the same Swann over to remain unbeaten on 48 at the close.
Sunshine bathed the ground for the final two-thirds of the day and Hampshire revelled in the conditions with Pothas proving a typical nuisance.
His driving was a feature of a 23rd first-class hundred, which came up from 176 balls when he pierced the off side for an 11th boundary, off Patel.
Nottinghamshire suffered a collapse on Day Two at Trent Bridge to throw the County Championship title race wide open.
The hosts lost their last seven wickets for 39 runs to be all out for 211 after looking like they would post a big total earlier in the day.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed four wickets before Hampshire scored 102 for one in their second innings to take the initiative in the contest and give fresh hope to rivals Durham and Somerset in the chase for the Championship crown.
Even the one batting point Nottinghamshire gained was fortuitous as Chris Tremlett spurned the chance to dismiss the hosts for 197 when he dropped Ashwell Prince.
After Hampshire's first innings was wrapped up for 203 early on the second morning, Samit Patel scored a rapid half-century to put the hosts on top.
But his 116-run partnership with Prince ended when he mistimed a drive off left-armer James Tomlinson to be out caught for 70 at a run-a-ball.
The hosts then imploded from 172 for three, with Tahir taking four wickets for nine runs in 24 deliveries.
Graeme Swann was undone by one that fizzed on off the pitch and after home captain Read nicked Tomlinson low to slip, Mark Ealham was undone by a Tahir flipper.
Andre Adams was then bowled first ball by a googly and the same fate befell England Test cap Darren Pattinson as the wickets tumbled.
The innings should have been wrapped up earlier than it was as Prince skied Tomlinson over mid-on yet Tremlett dropped the chance and deflected the ball over the rope.
That took the leaders to 201 for nine and Prince hit the next delivery for six, reaching a half-century in the process.
One more boundary then followed before he holed out to cover off Tremlett, giving the hosts an eight run first innings lead.
Hampshire then scored 102-1 in their second innings, with a Michael Brown half-century putting them in position of strength.
Nottinghamshire remain on course to claim the Division One title after they restricted Hampshire to 199-9 on day one at Trent Bridge.
Once again it was the Nottinghamshire seamers who put in a commendable shift as openers Charlie Shreck (3-48), Darren Pattinson (3-43) and Andre Adams (2-26) did the damage.
However Hampshire, who still have an outside chance of snatching the title themselves did frustrate their opponents after an opening stand of 46 between Michael Brown and Michael Carberry.
Notts captain Chris Read may have been questioning his decision to bowl first until the ever-reliable Mark Ealham got the much-needed breakthrough as he dismissed Brown for 29.
Brown's dismissal then triggered the loss of five further Hampshire wickets for just 50 runs.
Adams struck twice in quick succession to remove Michael Lumb (3) and Chris Benham (7), both lbw, before Shreck and Pattinson returned to the attack to make further inroads.
A seventh-wicket stand of 55 between Nic Pothas (44) and skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas halted the Notts charge briefly, however Pattinson found a way through the former's defences to claim his third wicket of the day.
Shreck took a smart return catch to dismiss Chris Tremlett (4) before claiming the crucial scalp shortly before stumps to remove Mascarenhas after he had powered his way to 41.