CAPTAIN James Vince declared Hampshire's success over Gloucestershire as a "fantastic win" for his side.

The contest went all the way to the final session on day four at the Ageas Bowl, before the hosts closed out an 87-run victory.

Hampshire set the tone with an opening-innings score of 342, led by a century from opener Felix Organ as well as important knocks by Vince (78) and Liam Dawson (48).

In reply, Gloucestershire were dismissed for 179, with Mohammad Abbas (6-45) starring with the ball.

Tail-ender Aneurin Donald then rescued the home side with a knock of 89 to set the visitors a target of 368 for victory.

They ultimately fell short, all out for 280 with Abbas claiming three more wickets before James Fuller (2-33) finished off the job.

The win leaves Hampshire second in the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One table, eight points behind early pace-setters Surrey after five fixtures.

“It was a hard-fought win," said Vince.

"We got ahead in the game couple of times but let them back in but on the whole, it was a fantastic win."

The skipper added: "I think the pitch at different stages of the game was hard to bat on and then when the ball got soft it was hard for the bowlers.

"There was no real pattern to it but it happened at different times.

“There was definitely more in the pitch with the new ball.

"While we only got one wicket in the morning (on Sunday) we controlled the rate, as they were still in the game runs wise.

"The way we bowled with the new ball and took those wickets took the game away from them, then we sustained the pressure.”

Gloucestershire head coach Dale Benkenstein said: "We need to be realistic we are up against a really strong team.

"There was a lot of good bowling from them, it wasn’t just a case of bad batting, and injuries aren’t helping.

“The guys hung in and stuck in there but a match-winning performance would have been one of them getting 140 or so. They didn’t make it easy for us."

Hampshire return to action against struggling Somerset for the start of the next four-dayer on Thursday.