Hampshire will begin their Natwest T20 Blast campaign as competition favourites tomorrow night – and as leaders of the LV County Championship’s second division.
Shortly after beating Glamorgan by six wickets, several Hampshire players returned to the Ageas Bowl’s square to practise their short-form skills ahead of their T20 opener against the same opponents.
Hampshire are 5/2 favourites to win the T20 Blast and they are also the early promotion pace-setters after continuing their unbeaten start to the Championship season with a second win in five games.
They needed less than 90 minutes to beat Glamorgan today.
James Tomlinson took the last Glamorgan wicket in the third over thanks to Liam Dawson’s sixth catch of the match, to leave Hampshire with a target of just 67.
They made hard work of it against 19 year-old Ruaidhri Smith, who responded with three quick wickets to reduce Hampshire to 27-3.
Adams lost his off stump to his first ball, Michael Carberry (14) was caught in the slips and Dawson (10) was trapped lbw.
But James Vince’s unbeaten 29 (34 balls, five fours) saw Hampshire home while boosting his average this season to a Bradmanesque 106.
He lost Will Smith, who chipped to mid on with 11 runs still needed, before successive cover-driven fours against Glamorgan's Smith, who finished with a career-best 3-38, took Hampshire past their target and back above Worcestershire.
“We’re happy with where we are considering the amount of cricket that’s been lost around the country,” said Adams.
“It’s only five games in the season so it’s early days, at this time of year a win or two will lift you dramatically, but we’re delighted with the last four days all round.
“Form-wise, everyone is close to where they want to be. The whole group chipped in, everyone played an important part. Daws’ bowled beautifully on Tuesday and the seamers were excellent as well.”
Glamorgan had only added two runs to their overnight 185-9 when Tomlinson took his wickets tally for the season to 14. “It was nice to get the final wicket in good time, there was a bit in it with the new ball throughout the game but you’re always fairly confident you can hunt down 60-odd,” continued Adams.
“We did the hard work in the first few days and made life a bit easier for ourselves come the last innings.”
Vince looked a class apart in ensuring the loss of four top-order wickets did not mean a nervous fourth-innings chase.
“If we’d lost more wickets we might have got a bit twitchy but we weren’t worried in any way,” said Adams. “We played good cricket over the four days. After being 119-1 at the end of day one we hoped to push on further and have a lead of 150-200.
“But they bowled better on day two and there was more in it with new ball. Our bowling unit was excellent and we took our chances - our catching in the slips especially was excellent.”