Adams’ defiance helps Hampshire battle to draw

Jimmy Adams' gutsy 85 not out helped Hampshire draw with Kent   Picture: Neil Marshall
Jimmy Adams' gutsy 85 not out helped Hampshire draw with Kent Picture: Neil Marshall
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A last-wicket vigil between Jimmy Adams and Danny Briggs somehow rescued a draw for Hampshire on the final day of their Championship clash with Kent.

The skipper (85 not out) and number 11 batsman Briggs (20 not out) dug in for 125 balls to stave off what looked like a certain defeat and rekindle memories of Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson’s rearguard action in the Ashes Test at Cardiff in 2009.

Hampshire looked destined for an innings defeat after an abject batting display left them staring down the barrel.

With Kent’s innings wrapped up on 467, the home side made heavy weather of their second innings, with only Adams, Sean Ervine (31), Liam Dawson (28) and Briggs getting into double figures.

But the last pair sealed the draw with a remarkable backs-against-the-wall effort that lasted more than an hour with Kent sensing blood.