Double delight for McManus as Hampshire hold on

Lewis McManus. Picture: Neil Marshall
Lewis McManus. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jonny Bairstow, right, thanks skipper Eoin Morgan. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Lewis McManus steered Hampshire to a nail-biting draw against Durham and declared: My maiden half-century was a bonus.

The wicket-keeper batsman struck an unbeaten 53 at the Ageas Bowl as his relegation-threatened side held on for a share of the spoils in the County Championship division one clash.

After a brief rain delay, he had to survive 32 deliveries with number 11 batsman Mason Crane before stumps were drawn.

McManus, 20, was delighted to escape from the match with a draw after Hampshire had tumbled to 39 for five in the pursuit of an unlikely victory target of 305.

And he reckons it could be the turning point as the south-coast outfit plot a course away from the relegation places.

McManus said: ‘It got a bit tight at the end.

‘We lost a few wickets which put the game back into their hands slightly but I had faith in Mason and myself at the end.

‘It was good to come out with not as much damage and a draw.

‘We saw the rain rolling in and were hoping it would stay about for as long as possible.

‘In terms of going for the win, we’ve got some really powerful hitters at the top of the order but losing a few wickets pulled us back.

‘Then it was just a case of holding on for as long as we could.

‘I was looking at surviving those last six balls and getting the team over the line for a draw.

‘But to get that and a half century at the same time was a bonus.

‘I think a few wins on the bounce and a little bit of momentum and we can come out of the position where we are.’

Ryan Pringle took five for 63 after Durham had declared on 190 for four.

Leg-spinner Crane finished unbeaten on five as he celebrated earning his first professional contract.

Fellow 18-year-old Joe Weatherley was also handed a maiden deal as Hampshire’s academy set-up continues to bear fruit.

The opening batsman 
said: ‘Hopefully it’s just 
the start of a long career here.’

The duo have both represented England under-19s, with Weatherley skippering the side on their winter tour to Australia.

Hampshire will look to build on their draw with Durham when they host Somerset in the NatWest T20 Blast tonight (6.30pm).

James Vince’s men need to defeat the visitors to make certain of their place in the knockout stages of the competition.