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MATCH REPORT: Hampshire CCC v Lancashire CCC

MATCH REPORT: Hampshire CCC v Lancashire CCC

Match Report

Openers Will Smith and Jimmy Adams prospered during a dominant day one for Hampshire against Lancashire at the Ageas Bowl today.

Smith, 99 not out overnight, and left-handed partner Adams took advantage of winning the toss as they shared 191 inside 69 overs in good batting conditions.

It was Hampshire’s highest opening stand of the season and their joint second highest stand for any wicket in matches against Lancashire.

They closed on 276-1 from 96 overs, with Tom Alsop also reaching 50 not out.

The Red Rose handed a debut to England under 19s quick Saqib Mahmood, who encouraged after overcoming some early nerves.

But they went wicketless through the opening two sessions of this Specsavers County Championship match and only struck in the 69th over of the day through Jordan Clark.

Lancashire did at least manage to keep the scoring rate in check on a day which saw no bowler leak runs.

Both openers posted season’s best scores, with Adams posting 88 off 202 balls and captain Smith 99 off 284.

“It’s a pretty good wicket, but if you put the ball in the right spot it’s hard to score,” said Clark, who returned figures of 1-40 from his 20 overs.

“You look at the scorecard and they have 276-1, but the run-rate’s not got away from us. That’s one positive out of the day.

“The wickets haven’t come, but all we can do is hang in there.

“I think the lads bowled pretty well, and there wasn’t too much slack given to the batters.

“They played well, but I don’t think there was much more we could have done - maybe make them play a little bit more.

“I’m quite happy with how I bowled. It was one of my more consistent spells. Hopefully it’s something I can memorise and try and build on.

“I don’t think the wicket’s going to get any worse. It could get better, and we’ll be pretty happy if it stays like that.”

The hosts reached lunch at 69-0 from 30 overs and 181-0 from 64, with Adams and Smith both bringing up their fifties in the afternoon.

Adams brought his up first, off 122 balls, and then Smith’s came off 147.

Mahmood, on Championship debut, bowled with excellent pace and had Smith, in particular, ducking and swaying on a couple of occasions with short balls.

There was a brief rain delay immediately after tea, although no overs were lost.

Smith, on 70, had a life shortly after the resumption when he edged Clark to Tom Smith at second slip, with the catch going down.

But the Cumbrian did not have to wait long as, in his next over - the 69th of the innings, he had Adams caught at point.

Their partnership was also the joint second highest partnership for any wicket against the Red Rose county.

Hampshire went beyond 200 in the 75th over, and by the time they took the new ball after 80, the visitors’ seven-man attack had combined to bowl 25 maidens in a score of 217-1. They bowled 27 in the day.

Smith and left-handed Alsop then ensured there was no further damage either side of the new ball being taken, sharing 85 unbroken inside 28 overs for the second wicket.

Alsop reached his fifty off 91 balls with eight fours in the final over of the day, including successive boundaries off Mahmood.

Smith will begin tomorrow one away from his first Championship century since September 2014 and his first in Division One since April 2013.

oursrouge

Before the start of the season I would have grabbed with both hands 7th place and staying up. To find us with 3 wins and challenging at the top was a pleasant surprise. With some hard matches to come, and looking at the points, I feel the team to keep ahead of is Surrey, whom we play soon. So we mustn't lose. A draw keeps them and Notts at bay. Hants are gone. IF we can stay up, even in 6th/7th, it gives the promising young players more time especially with changes to the structure coming. However the batsmen must get after bonus points, we were doing that early in the season.

Roy

Unfair criticism - pitch at Southampton was a road and destined to be a draw from lunch on first day. We won first three home games of season with significant contributions from most of the team including debutants Hameed, Livingstone, and Wagner. Not fault of Giles that Wagner was called up for Kiwis. We were not going to win championship this season- this was always going to be a season of consolidation. By the way we are only 23 points from top spot. STOP being so negative - we have a young team that will only get better. Giles is doing a good job. Many counties would like to have him.

Geoff Radcliffe

Can't see Lancs winning another game in the County Championship - can't bowl teams out and we've no batsmen from number 6 downwards.This started straight after the 20/20 finals victory last year when James Faulkner broke his finger.
We struggled to bowl teams out in the last 3 Div 2 games and consequently lost first place to Surrey.Mr Giles has taken us up with a much weaker team and hopes that we'll stay up - no overseas player for most of the season and no able replacements for Prince and Horton.I like Hameed,but someone needs to tell him that we are playing for batting bonus points and that they could keep us up.
I'm also an Everton fan Brian - it looks bleak on both fronts

brian burns

id say 8. Comments from players and managers alike are full of defeatist comments like "maybe we could've bowled or batted a bit better" Well do it then!

Geoff Radcliffe

It is becoming increasingly obvious that more than a few of these lads are out of their depth.It could be that by playing at a lower level they could achieve more enjoyment and satisfaction.

 
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