Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams saw the positives that his side were able to take from their recent rain-affected match against Worcestershire.
The two teams drew at the Ageas Bowl after only 45 minutes of play was possible over the first two days. It meant that both sides were able to open their point-scoring accounts in the new LV= County Championship campaign.
Batting first, the home side reached a total of 263 in their first innings, with Adams contributing 67 after he won the toss and elected to bat. But the weather delays meant that a draw was always the most likely result.
Speaking at the culmination of day four, Adams told GiveMeSport: “We bowled well in patches but we’ve probably got to up that a little bit more and we lost wickets in clusters at times. We had a couple of good partnerships, Sean (Ervine) played really well.”
After some of the top order faltered, Ervine chipped in with a useful 93 to carry his team past the 250 mark. Nevertheless, their bowling performance left a lot to be desired as they only managed to dismiss seven of the Worcestershire line-up.
Adams added: “It’s not how we’d like to start, you want to get four full days and try and push for results but we lost a lot of time in this game and I think it was a good exercise for us to try and test ourselves bowling a side out on what turned out to be a pretty good wicket.”
With victory seemingly off the table, it became more of an opportunity to get some match practice in and push for as many bonus points as possible. The batsmen only secured two batting points, with Michael Carberry, James Vince and Joe Gatting all getting ducks.
Then it was up to the bowlers to take as many wickets as possible, but they found that difficult. Opposition captain Daryl Mitchell played his part by occupying one end of the wicket throughout the innings courtesy of his 172*.
The opener seized the chance to have a good net session as he played some fluent shots all around the ground. England International Moeen Ali - who scored 69 - joined him in support.
Hampshire’s bowlers toiled but found it difficult to make too many breakthroughs. However, Liam Dawson and Matt Coles both managed to take two wickets in a single over each.
Overseas star and South Africa-capped Kyle Abbott has now arrived in the country and he will be available for selection for the next game against Gloucestershire. The Hampshire captain was buoyant about the arrival of Abbott.
“It’s been a tough few days really, but Kyle (Abbott) has arrived now to boost that side of things and a reasonable number of us got time out in the middle so a few positives out of it, but certainly it would have been nice to start with a win,” explained Adams.
An early evening declaration meant that Adams had to pad up again at the end of the final day – an experience that he didn’t relish at all: “They’re not particularly fun little sessions, you don’t feel there’s too much in it.
“I don’t particularly enjoy batting in those, you feel like you’re on a highway to nothing. Some people seem to end up 30 or 40 not-out and they get a bit out of it, but I find it quite tough.”
Nevertheless, the opening batsman survived 17 overs at the crease, closing on 10*. The Royals are back in action this Sunday when they travel to Bristol for a four-day match against Gloucestershire.
A distinct lack of rain would be greatly appreciated by a side who play four Championship games in April and who don’t want to be drawing too many more.
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