Adams considers Hampshire captaincy role

Jimmy Adams and his son Jonah celebrating Hampshire's County Championship division two title win. Picture: Steve Wilson

Jimmy Adams and his son Jonah celebrating Hampshire's County Championship division two title win. Picture: Steve Wilson

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Jimmy Adams admitted he has yet to decide if he will lead Hampshire in County Championship division one next season.

The popular skipper was talked out of relinquishing the captaincy before the start of this season.

And he is still not convinced he is the right man to lead the county, despite taking them back to the top flight in the four-day game.

Adams, who was cheered on by his wife and young son Jonah as he lifted the trophy, will take stock over the next few days as Hampshire make plans for the 2015 campaign.

But it seems most likely Adams will stay in command, rather than hand over the reins to James Vince or Will Smith.

Adams said: ‘We’ll sit down and talk about it.

‘We’ll reassess things again but certainly it’s a different feeling to last year.

‘At least we’re in a better position.

‘It’s a brilliant feeling and the addition of Dale (Benkenstein) has obviously been a huge help.

‘He is someone who’s won a lot of stuff in the past and he’s blended in really well.

‘Even when I took over the captaincy it was something I didn’t feel was a natural fit.

‘I feel like I’ve got a finite amount of cricket left in me and at some point I’d like to concentrate on batting without taking the armband.

‘There are plenty of things to talk about between now and next season.

‘Like last year I’m probably making too much out of it.

‘It is just the way I like to approach it. I take each season as it comes and go from there.

‘We’ll have the celebrations now and then attentions turn to next year.’

With 1,215 runs, Adams more than played his part with the bat. He was fourth in the division’s run charts, while team-mate James Vince led the way with 1,525.

But Adams expressed his delight at success in the longer version of the game.

He said: ‘It’s different from those days at Lord’s or finals days. Not much can top those but this is certainly up there. It’s a great achievement.’

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