Adams: Bad blood won’t have any effect

Jimmy Adams. Picture: Neil Marshall

Jimmy Adams. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Jimmy Adams has played down the supposed bad blood between Hampshire and Northamptonshire ahead of their Championship division two showdown.

The two fixtures last season served up resounding home wins for either side – and some choice words on the field between some of the more outspoken characters.

Northants recorded victory by 117 runs at Wantage Road last May but it was a different story at the Ageas Bowl when Hampshire triumphed by eight wickets.

There was no specific incident that sparked any ill-feeling.

But there was a definite undercurrent in both matches with some spiky personalities having plenty to say.

Adams, one of the more laid-back players in county cricket, believes there will not be any repeat this time around.

He said: ‘I think there are competitive cricketers on both sides.

‘Sometimes you play against sides and that competitiveness can push the boundaries perhaps.

‘I don’t remember any specific incident but I know there are a few guys on each side who seem to get under each other’s skin a bit.

‘Some teams can just rub each other up the wrong way. It used to be us and Sussex.

‘Shane Warne and Chris Adams always had a few things to say.

‘But a few people used to grizzle at each other for whatever reason.

‘We’ve also had some niggle with Essex as well in the past.

‘But I don’t think it’s anything much. We all just want to win.’

Unbeaten Northants are top of the division two table with three wins from their first five games.

Hampshire have managed only one win so far and are in fifth place.

But the Ageas Bowl captain is confident his side can make up some ground in their quest for promotion.

His men also host Kent and Gloucestershire in the next fortnight.

Adams said: ‘It’s quite a tight table at the moment.

‘If you can get back-to-back wins, as Worcestershire have done, you can shoot yourselves up the table and be in a very strong position.

‘We’ve got three games coming up now.

‘If we go well in those three, we can be in a good position at the halfway stage.

‘Hopefully the weather doesn’t intervene.

‘But they (Northants) have played some good cricket this year.

‘They will be hard to beat but if we play good cricket, we know we are a match for most sides in the division.

‘Northants are bowling well as a unit, they’ve got good players.

‘But if we can put in a good performance up there, it will give us a lot of confidence.’

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