Jimmy Adams was left to count the cost of a poor last session for Hampshire’s bowlers as Lancashire seized the initiative in their Championship clash.
With Hampshire on top and Lancashire reduced to 125 for five at one point, the home side then hit back to end the day on 337 for seven as their lower order batsmen added 212 runs for the loss of just two wickets.
And Adams was honest enough to admit that he had to share some of the responsibility as captain for electing to put Lancashire into bat and then not bowling them out.
Adams said: ‘It’s not ideal to put them in and not bowl them out for under 300.
‘But we were there for most of the day and the last hour and a half has been costly.
‘I can’t grumble too much.
‘I’m sure there are things that I could have done differently and you learn from these things.
‘It’s frustrating in some ways but sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say “those two guys played pretty well”.
‘I felt we did a really good job for two thirds of the day and just let it slip a bit in the final session.
‘A couple of their lads chanced their arm a bit and it came off.
‘It’s always hard when batsmen want to come at you and you feel you still have a chance of taking wickets.
‘It was close, but unfortunately not quite close enough for us.’
With Imran Tahir – who is usually a key figure against the tail – having left the club to link up with South Africa, Hampshire struggled to oust Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg as they built an unbroken partnership worth 99 runs.
And Adams has now turned his attentions to keeping his side in the hunt when they get their opportunity to bat.
He said: ‘Now we’ve got some work to do to peg them back because it’s only day one.
‘We have to try to keep them under 400, then bat well to get up to that sort of score and then it becomes a one-inings game.’
The stand-in skipper also dismissed suggestions that Hampshire allow sides back into the game too easily, rather than being ruthless enough.
He said: ‘It has happened in the past and you can look back and say it’s happened too many times, but sometimes, the tail is allowed to wag.
‘The last month, we’ve played some exceptional cricket.
‘And it’s one session in perhaps a month of cricket that hasn’t gone to plan.
‘It was a frustrating couple of hours, but sometimes you have them and you have to respond to that.’