Hampshire — Nottinghamshire batsman Brendan Taylor scored his third hundred of the summer as the visitors made Hampshire toil on day three at the Ageas Bowl.
Taylor put on 164 with England limited-overs international Alex Hales – himself scoring a quality 94 – as Nottinghamshire led by 391 going into the final day of the cricket match.
The Zimbabwean, who started his first season with the midlands county with centuries against Loughborough MCCU and Middlesex, moved to three figures in 115 balls.
The 29-year-old was gifted an early let-off as Danny Briggs put down a simple chance at midwicket – the batsman on seven at the time.
Gareth Berg, who celebrated his 150th first-class wicket on Sunday, made a quick breakthrough when he managed to trap Steven Mullaney in front.
Hales began as he ended his first innings, where he scored an excellent 141, by getting off the mark with a beautifully-timed cut shot to the boundary.
Hales received a series of good fortune. He was dropped while sweeping to James Tomlinson before Berg gave him a second life when he failed to hit the stumps with a run-out opportunity.
Taylor, who retired from his national side to play for Nottinghamshire, collected his fifty off 78 deliveries and Hales reached the same score, four balls quicker, soon after.
Taylor played a series of stunning reverse sweeps and drives and reached 103 before he was struck plumb in front to spinner Liam Dawson to end a stunning knock.
James Taylor joined Hales at the crease – the pair celebrating call-ups for England’s one-dayer with Ireland next week, which the former will skipper.
Hales continued his onslaught but narrowly missed out on a second ton of the match when he offered a simple caught and bowled to Dawson – he now has over 500 LV — County Championship runs and 666 for the season.