Jimmy Adams insists Hampshire’s long, winless run on their home turf in Championship cricket will have no psychological impact on them ahead of what should be a thrilling final day’s play against Glamorgan.
The Welsh club require 210 runs and have eight wickets in hand after an absorbing day three at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire skipper Adams led the way for the home side in their second innings with 72 in their 273 all out to help set a target of 263 for Glamorgan.
And Kabir Ali and James Tomlinson both struck before the close to leave the visitors at 53 for two and set up an exciting climax to the game today.
While Adams knows Hampshire have not tasted home success in Championship cricket since July 2010 – almost two years ago – he does not believe that will be a factor in a game that could go right down to the wire.
Adams said: ‘I don’t think the home record will be a factor. We haven’t really thought about it and I don’t really think it crosses people’s minds.
‘Of course, it’s something we’d like to get out of the way.
‘We’re in a decent position but you always get a bit greedy as a captain and would like to have set them more than 300 to win. So we cannot afford to have too many poor passages of play.
‘But they will feel they need to score the runs quickly. The pitch is a little bit uneven but it’s day four and that’s the way it is. Fingers crossed, we can get some early wickets.
‘It’s one of those that could potentially go down to the wire.’
After conceding a small first-innings deficit, Hampshire resumed on 25 without loss but were unable to set up a truly-imposing target, with skipper Adams (72) the chief contributor in their total.
While batsmen got themselves in, they found it hard to go on and make a big score on a pitch that has offered help to the bowlers throughout the contest.
James Vince (48) and a late partnership between Ali (25) and David Balcombe (26) helped drag the target up beyond 250 to make for a testing run-chase.
And Adams believes his men are in position to finish off the job.
He said: ‘You always want a few more, don’t you?
‘But if we do the right things, we should have enough. We’ve got a strong bowling attack, there is still enough left in the wicket so we just need to execute our plans.
‘But it’s going to be a challenge. We needed to make some inroads and it was nice to get two wickets before the close.
‘Ideally, you would want a third and to have got Marcus North would have been a prized scalp, I suppose.
‘But if we can get two more in that first session of day four, we will be in a very strong position.’