Jimmy Adams slammed Hampshire’s batting display as he told his troops: Now we need to get ourselves out of this mess.
Hampshire ended day one of their Championship clash at Gloucestershire on 165 for eight as rain ensured there was no further play after tea at Bristol.
But it does not bear thinking about what might have been the first-innings total had it not been for the skipper’s unbeaten 74 and Danny Briggs’ 25 not out in a ninth-wicket partnership worth 68 runs.
At lunch, Hampshire were 69 for six and later they were then 97 for eight before Briggs joined Adams in the middle to drag the score towards respectability.
Adams said: ‘It could have been an awful lot worse.
‘There was a good partnership at the end because it was looking like we might struggle to make three figures at one stage.
‘They bowled well in parts and we got a bit tentative. But after five overs of the day, I thought everything was fine in terms of how the wicket was playing.
‘We lost a few wickets and they just kept coming.
‘Hopefully, that is our blip but we will have to work very hard to get ourselves into a position to exert some pressure back on to them.
‘We will bat better than that this year, for sure.
‘We just gave away too many cheap wickets.
‘As a batting group, hopefully we won’t make the same kind of mistakes twice.
‘Most of the lads will feel they would like to have done things differently.
‘But these guys have got it in them to bat well second time around to make up for that.
‘It’s going to be very hard work.’
Adams showed the kind of application that was required yesterday as partners came and went with alarming regularity.
Debutant Michael Roberts (nine) replaced Michael Carberry at the top of the order, with the left-hander away on England Lions duty.
But only George Bailey (13) and David Balcombe (12) even reached double figures on a pitch that didn’t appear to have any demons in it.
Adams said: ‘If you win the toss and bat, you are probably looking to post 300-plus.
‘We will have to bat exceptionally well to reach anywhere near that so it looks like we will be sub-par in the first innings.
‘It was probably a good toss to lose and I’ve had a few of them lately.
‘But I always feel the positive option is to have a bat and I felt that both pitches – here and at Chelmsford – looked good to have a bat on.
‘Maybe in hindsight, that wasn’t the case.
‘I still feel we can get ourselves back into this game.
‘Briggsy has been very good to bat with. He dug in when we needed him to do that.
‘We’re not overly happy with our day’s work but now we’ve got to show our fighting qualities.’