Adams believes Hampshire can still escape

Jimmy Adams
Jimmy Adams
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Jimmy Adams believes Hampshire must win two of their remaining three Championship games to give themselves hope of avoiding relegation.

The Hampshire opener struck a fine century in the CB40 win over Scotland on Monday, just 48 hours after the disappointment of their last-gasp Friends Life t20 semi-final defeat to Somerset.

But the Rose Bowl outfit travel to their old foes once again tomorrow for a crucial Championship encounter at Taunton.

It is an instant chance for revenge and an opportunity to take a vital step in the ongoing quest to complete a miraculous escape from relegation.

With fellow strugglers Worcestershire and Yorkshire facing title-chasers Lancashire and Warwickshire respectively, Adams & Co know a victory could put them right back in the hunt on their rivals.

And Adams has not given up hope of playing a part in a dramatic survival bid.

He said: ‘We probably need to win two of the last three games to have a chance but at least we still have that chance.

‘They are tough games we’ve got left. We go to Taunton and then Liverpool to play Lancashire and we’ve got Warwickshire in our final home game. We may still need a result in that one.

‘They are tough but it’s not impossible if we play as we know we can.

‘We’ve got the chance to get results in those games.

‘They will all be looking to win games for their own needs and we know we have to go out and win games of cricket.

‘Time is running out for us.’

While Somerset had the upper hand at Edgbaston in the t20 clash, they failed to land the title after going down to Leicestershire in the final.

But they still have designs on lifting the Championship title, with four sides still realistically in with a shout.

It’s perhaps a blessing for Hampshire that they only have one more home fixture left.

They are still without a win on home turf in four-day cricket for well over a year but Taunton is usually regarded as a good batting deck where results are hard to come by.

Adams and fellow CB40 centurion James Vince will be keen to pick up where they left off in the demolition of Scotland on Monday.

The pair put on a mammoth 233 for the second wicket – a one-day second-wicket record for the Rose Bowl.

Adams said: ‘It was nice to get ourselves in to the record books and it’s easy batting with someone like that.

‘Hopefully, we can take that momentum into this week.’