Adams denies Kent

Hampshire skipper carries his bat to earn side a draw

Last updated: 30th July 2012  

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A captain's innings from Jimmy Adams ensured his Hampshire side survived with a draw against Division Two rivals Kent at Southampton.

Opener Adams batted for the whole innings to make 85 not out, and was kept company for the last 20.3 overs by No 11 Danny Briggs (20no).

Briggs' runs were less important than the 57 deliveries he faced after his side had collapsed to James Tredwell (3-60), Matt Coles (2-41) and Charlie Shreck (2-50).

Only Liam Dawson (28) and Sean Ervine (31) also reached double figures as Hampshire slumped to 10-3 and then 144-9 before Adams and Briggs survived for an unlikely draw.

Kent had started the day 146 ahead on 438-8, which they increased to 467 before being bowled out, Ervine and James Tomlinson taking four wickets apiece.

The visitors took 10 points from the drawn game with Hampshire having to settle for six.

Day three

Kent finished a rain-hit third day against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl on 438-8 in their first innings, giving them a lead of 146 runs.

The visitors moved added 147 runs in the 33.4 overs of play that were possible, with useful contributions from a number of players down the order.

Nightwatchman Mark Davies contributed 17 before becoming James Tomlinson's fourth wicket, while Geraint Jones weighed in with 36.

The former England wicketkeeper hit five fours as he added 61 with Darren Stevens, who himself made 40 until steering Sean Ervine straight to Tomlinson at third man.

James Tredwell (21 not out) and Matt Coles, who blasted two sixes to race to 19 from just 17 deliveries, continued to build Kent's advantage ahead of a declaration on the final day.

Day Two

An opening stand of 252 between Sam Northeast and Robert Key helped Kent move within one run of first-innings parity at the halfway stage of their Division Two match at Hampshire.

Northeast hit 140 and Key 119 before Hampshire fought back after tea to leave Kent on 291-5 at stumps in reply to Hampshire's 292.

James Tomlinson finally made the breakthrough by having Key caught behind, the first of a five-wicket burst from Hampshire seamers.

Tomlinson (3-45) also accounted for Brendan Nash (5) and Michael Powell (2), while David Balcombe (1-71) removed Ben Harmison (8) and Sean Ervine (1-55) ended Northeast's 257-ball stay.

At the start of the day, Hampshire failed to add to their overnight 292-9 before Kent seamer Mark Davies (3-36) ended the innings with the scalp of Danny Briggs, caught by James Tredwell for 11.

Day One

Hampshire battled back from early adversity to reach 292-9 on the opening day of their Division Two fixture with Kent.

Jimmy Adams held the top of their order together with the top score of 91 after the visiting attack had threatened to rip through them at Southampton.

The home side found themselves two wickets down after 14 balls, Charlie Shreck had James Vince caught behind for four and Bilal Shafayat was bowled by Mark Davies for a duck.

Adams ignored events at the other end and put on 58 with Simon Katich (32) and another 116 with Liam Dawson before edging Darren Stevens through to Geraint Jones just after getting into the nervous nineties.

From 183-3 before Adams departed, Hampshire lost four wickets in relatively quick succession, and at 226-7 were in danger of failing to exploit reasonable batting conditions.

Dimitri Mascarenhas (27) and David Balcombe (28) put on a valuable 50 for the eighth wicket but both perished with the score on 276, the latter to Shreck who took the bowling honours with 3-85.

Danny Briggs (11no) and James Tomlinson (5no) made it through to the close.

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