Andre Adams believes Hampshire have a earned themselves a ‘significant’ lead at the midway point in their Championship clash at Warwickshire.
The Edgbaston side were dismissed for 280 with the New Zealand veteran grabbing two wickets for 54 runs from his 16 overs on his debut.
A lead of 39 doesn’t sound a lot but it is significantAndre Adams
It meant Hampshire had a 39-run lead going into the second innings and they extended that to 77 runs, although they did lose skipper Jimmy Adams to the first ball of their innings.
It would surely have been a bigger lead had Tim Ambrose (113) not held the Warwickshire innings together.
James Tomlinson (three for 53) claimed two early wickets and the home side were in major trouble at 92 for five at lunch.
But the wicketkeeper’s fine century dragged his side towards the Hampshire total.
But the bowler believes Hampshire can be well satisfied with their efforts.
Adams said: ‘We would have taken that at the start of the day.
‘We bowled pretty well while the ball was doing something and when the pitch got a little bit flat and Tim Ambrose played well, we bowled well in a containing way.
‘A lead of 39 doesn’t sound a lot but it is significant.
‘The game is pretty well-advanced so if we can bat for a decent period we could set them a difficult chase on the last day.
‘Anything over 300 is always difficult but we would like to make it as big as possible.
‘But it is not going to be easy. They have got decent bowlers who will keep us under pressure.’
Adams missed the opening game of the season as he got himself up to full fitness.
And the former Nottinghamshire man admits it is impossible that he will ever bowl without feeling any discomfort at the age of 39.
He said: ‘I feel good. It is always going to hurt but I am here for three months and part of the deal is bowling. It can’t be pain-free. It just can’t – that’s a pipe dream.
‘I’m pretty happy with the way it has gone and it is a nice attack to be part of because it makes a job a lot easier as a bowler when wickets are falling at the other end.’