County Championship: Jimmy Adams leads the way for Hampshire
Jimmy Adams hit 151 not out as Hampshire reached 367-6 on day one against Worcestershire at Southampton.
Last Updated: 25/04/13 7:14pm
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Adams hit 151 not out and Hampshire reached 367-6 at stumps.
Opening pair Michael Carberry (62) and Adams took advantage of some wayward bowling during a stand of 113 in 25.4 overs.
It took a change of bowling - and a change of pace - to remove Carberry, spinner Moeen Ali striking with his fourth ball to leave Hants 127-1 at lunch.
After the interval, Chris Russell removed Liam Dawson for 26, before Ali struck again, dismissing Australian George Bailey (11) caught at slip from a loose slash outside off-stump.
The wicket left Hampshire at 197-3, but brought the home side's most in-form batsmen, James Vince, to the crease to accompany skipper Adams.
The pair batted with great composure, with Adams progressing ever more serenely to his ton, while Vince - himself on a run of three consecutive first-class hundreds - looking ominously fluent.
On the stroke of tea, Adams reached three figures from 194 balls and ensured Hants went to tea in total control, at 246-3.
After the break, Vince (52) progressed to his half-century with some crunching drives, but threw his wicket away soon after, mis-timing a pre-meditated slog to Alan Richardson at mid-on, to give Ali his third wicket and leave Hants on 279-4.
New batsman Sean Ervine (18) added 40 in seven overs with the increasingly attacking Adams, before being undone by a superb delivery from Russell, which nipped away and clipped the top of off-stump.
Hampshire progressed past 350 before they lost their sixth wicket, keeper Adam Wheater trapped leg before by the hard-working Richardson for 15.