Hampshire secured their return to Division One of the County Championship with a 291-run win over Glamorgan that also saw them leapfrog Worcestershire at the top of the table to be crowned champions.
Jimmy Adams’ side benefitted from James Tomlinson’s season-best bowling figures of 6-48 as the Welsh county were all out for 152 in their final innings on day three at Sofia
With Worcestershire slumping to defeat against Essex, Hampshire knew that victory was essential to secure promotion and other results meant that they ended the season three
points clear at the top of Division Two.
The visitors resumed play on the third day with the scoreboard reading 175-3 and James Vince (48) and Thomas Alsop (12) at the crease.
Quick runs were the order of the day to set a troubling target for Glamorgan to chase for victory. Another 83 were added before a declaration was called following the dismissal
of Matt Coles (10) with the score at 258-9.
Declaring enabled Hampshire to begin bowling before lunch, having set their opponents 444 runs to win.
James Tomlinson then struck six times in just 11 overs as the hosts slipped to 86-7 and Hampshire closed in on the victory that would guarantee their promotion.
The left-arm seamer removed Glamorgan’s top six batsmen in a destructive opening bowling spell.
After a solid start to their innings, Jacques Rudolph (11) soon became Tomlinson’s first of four victims to succumb to an LBW dismissal before captain Mark Wallace (0) was caught by Vince the very next ball.
The 32-year-old would claim four more scalps by ousting Chris Cooke (5), Will Bragg (25), Jim Allenby (13) and David Lloyd (1) to leave Glamorgan struggling at 63-6.
Tomlinson was unable to continue his charge and claim all ten wickets as Chris Wood removed Glamorgan top-scorer – and debutant – Aneurin Donald (59) and Dean Cosker (13) and there was a wicket apiece for Coles and Imran Tahir.
The South Africa spinner wrapped up the 291-run win over when he clean bowled Kieran Bull for 7, which returned Hampshire to the premier division of English domestic cricket
after a three-year absence.
They last played Division One cricket in 2011 and finished fourth in two consecutive campaigns prior to securing promotion this year.
An innings victory for Essex at already-promoted Worcestershire kept their chances of finishing in the top two alive. But they needed Hampshire to fail to win to have a chance of
As it transpired, Essex’s efforts to get into the top two allowed Adams’ side to go above
Worcestershire and claim the Division Two title.
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