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Hashim Amla was run out for Hampshire in very embarrassing circumstances

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A Kyle Abbott-inspired Hampshire got their County Championship season off to a fine start with a 196-run victory over newly-promoted Worcestershire.

Rain had robbed the match of over 50 overs but the 30-year-old delivered on the final couple of days to bring his wicket-haul to seven for the match.

Abbott also added 51 with the bat to make up for the disappointment of being out lbw for a golden duck in the first innings.

It was just as well the South African was ready to make amends, given his role in compatriot Hashim Amla's dismissal.

The Proteas legend is undoubtedly one of the biggest overseas signings of the season and while he has struggled for consistency of late, he looked as if he was ready to notch some runs on the board when he was run out in unfortunate circumstances.

Having hit 36 in the first innings before being trapped lbw by Josh Tongue, he was on exactly the same score again when Abbott hit the ball to third man.

Disaster for Amla 

As soon as he'd run for the single it looked as if he was having second thoughts and it was Amla who paid the price:

It was Ed Barnard who capitalised on the miscommunication and aimed a well-struck direct hit at the stumps.

Yet, Abbott undoubtedly had the last laugh as Hants took an early lead at the top of Division One, with Nottinghamshire having beaten Lancashire by six wickets and Yorkshire's match with Essex being abandoned without a ball being bowled.

In future, it's quite possible that Amla will be moved up the order, with Hampshire director of cricket Giles White suggesting after he signed his three-month deal with the county that he could even open for them, or play at three as he does for South Africa.

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