Jimmy Adams insists Hampshire’s belief has been handed a vital boost after their positive start to the Championship campaign.
The skipper, who hit a brilliant 219 not out as Hampshire claimed victory by an innings and 42 runs over Worcestershire on Saturday, saw his bowlers stick to the task impressively to seal a convincing win.
It should really have been two wins out of two – with only the weather denying Hampshire in their opening fixture against Leicestershire.
But they suffered no such frustration this time, mopping up the final five wickets they needed before lunch on the final day.
Adams said: Our bowling unit was brilliant.
‘We stuck to our plans, got the breakthrough and things went from there. It was a great effort from everyone.
‘That’s the kind of cricket we want to play and I’ve been delighted with how the boys have gone about it in the past two games.
‘Hopefully it does an awful lot for our belief.
‘But the other side of it is that you don’t want to get carried away.
‘We’ve played really good cricket in the Championship and it shows the boys what we can do.
‘Guys are in runs and in the wickets. It’s everything we have asked for but we are also well aware it doesn’t always go your way.
‘I felt we deserved to win this game and confidence will be high but cricket is a great leveller and we have got to get out of the blocks well again against Essex (today).
‘Wins are always great and we deserved to probably win both of our games.
‘But it has got ourselves right up the table. A few teams have started very strongly and we need that same momentum.’
Daryl Mitchell (92) and former Hambledon keeper-batsman Michael Johnson (44) held up the quest for victory on the final day but succumbed soon after the new ball was taken.
Adams said: ‘I hope it sends out a message. We have spoken for a long time about playing the type of cricket where you get ahead of the game and then build pressure.
‘We won a few last year by sort of sneaking up on teams.
‘But it’s good to get ahead and then stay ahead and now we need to keep it going.’