HAMPSHIRE captain James Vince was pleased to see Kyle Abbott's hard work rewarded with wickets against Kent.

Hants routed Kent by an innings and 51 runs in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, after dismissing the hosts for 296 in their second innings on day four.

Abbott took five for 29, mopping up Kent’s tail with three wickets from four balls, while Felix Organ span his way to three for 63 as the visitors secured a maximum 24 points, while Kent managed just four.

Reflecting on the win, which was built on Hampshire's mammoth opening innings score of 652 for six before declaring, skipper Vince said: "Right the way from the start, having lost the toss on one of the flattest wickets in the last few years, to be able to bowl them out was a massive effort and every day we did what we needed to do.

"It was good batting conditions but you've still got to get them, so 650 really set the game up.

"We knew it was going to be hard (on day four), but we had options with Felix and we didn't expect to happen quite that quickly with that over from Abbo after tea, but I think we got rewards for a lot of hard work and persistence we showed over four days.

"He's bowled really well and the last couple of games he's maybe not got the wickets his bowling deserved, but he deserved that."

Abbott added: "When I look back at taking three for nine in one over it seems a little silly, but to be quite honest I had a bit of a sore body after tea.

"It's quite a sapping pitch, it's mentally sapping, there's not much in there for the bowler, so every time you come in it's a hundred percent or nothing."

Hampshire return to action tomorrow, with the start of their four-day contest with Lancashire at the Ageas Bowl.