Hampshire bowler Gareth Berg bagged an early breakthrough but Nottinghamshire lead by 149 at tea, at the Ageas Bowl.
Berg managed to trap Steven Mullaney in front – before rolling his ankle while appealing – int he 10th over, but Brendan Taylor reached 20 by the interval, tea being taken early at 3.11pm after a short shower.
Zimbabwean Taylor found a piece of early luck as Danny Briggs put down a simple chance at midwicket – the batsman on seven at the time.
First innings centurion Alex Hales made a fluent and unbeaten 10 – getting off the mark with a beautifully timed cut shot to the boundary.
Hampshire ended their innings with a first innings deficit of 95 runs – ending on 276/
Samit Patel took his first wicket of the game with his off spin – Sean Ervine scoring 31 before edging to Mullaney at first slip.
The attacking Andre Adams was the final man to depart, also hitting 31, before being bowled by Jake Ball – who returned to the attack after recovering from a back spasm yesterday.