Adams leads the charge as Hampshire dominate again

Jimmy Adams walks off after firing 219 not out. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jimmy Adams walks off after firing 219 not out. Picture: Neil Marshall
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While weather denied Hampshire a winning start to the season against Leicestershire, it seems certain that they will chalk up victory in their second Championship division two clash of the campaign.

A totally one-sided day’s play has put them in complete command against Worcestershire.

With the bat, the Ageas Bowl outfit look a different proposition this term.

And Jimmy Adams, who has led the way so often in the past, was the key man in an imposing 500 for nine declared total.

That looks far beyond anything a limited Worcestershire side can muster – even if they get two attempts at it.

It was the second time in two games Hampshire have secured maximum batting points and Adams’ unbeaten double century was the main ingredient.

His 219 not out was a study in concentration as it lasted nearly nine hours, 382 balls and included 29 fours in his second highest score of his career and his best on Hampshire’s home patch.

Only a mammoth 262 not out against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 2006 was higher, while it was only the third time he had reached the double century milestone in his career.

There were other records that fell as well but perhaps most interestingly, he became the first man since World War II to score a double century as Hampshire captain.

Dick Moore’s 316 in 1937 against Warwickshire remains the top score by a Hampshire skipper.

But when the only previous occasion was Teddy Wynyard in 1896, you get an idea of the achievement.

Chris Wood chipped in with a useful 41 but once 500 was up in lights, Adams promptly declared.

Scoreboard pressure may have had plenty to answer for as Worcestershire toiled in reply.

Once David Balcombe (two for 44) made the breakthrough, only Moeen Ali (55) dug in.

But if the weather stays fine, Hampshire should win with plenty of time and an innings to spare.

Worcestershire reached stumps on 159 for five – still some 341 runs behind and needing another 191 to avoid the follow-on.