Duo hammer home Hampshire win

James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
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James Vince and Michael Carberry blasted Hampshire to their first win of the County Championship season.

The duo crashed 101 runs in just 62 balls to cap a triumphant run chase against Gloucestershire at Bristol yesterday.

Carberry hit Chris Dent for two sixes to complete the eight-wicket win and his own unbeaten 100.

Meanwhile, Vince – who rattled up three figures in the first innings – was 58 not out off just 36 balls at the climax of the division two encounter.

Hampshire had been set a fourth-innings victory target of 215 after the home side were bowled out for 332 on the final morning.

They are now unbeaten after their opening two fixtures of the season – following the draw with Worcestershire – and top the early table.

But while skipper Jimmy Adams is delighted his side have got off the mark, he is not getting carried away.

He said: ‘It’s a great start. We were a little bit frustrated last week but we managed to turn a few things around.

‘It is only a start but, certainly, it is a good win over the four days.

‘We had to put in a lot of hard work to get there.

‘The bowlers did some good yards and there was some outstanding batting from a couple of the lads, too – especially in the first innings.

‘We are delighted and it was great to see Carbs returning to form at the end there.’

Gloucestershire had resumed on 308 for nine and frustrated their visitors until Kiwi Hamish Marshall (94) was clean bowled by Kyle Abbott.

It was the overseas bowler’s seventh wicket on his Hampshire debut – an impressive start to his spell on the south coast.

Carberry and Adams set about chasing down the target of 215 with a 57-run opening stand.

Their partnership was only broken when Adams was trapped leg before wicket by Matt Taylor for 23.

Any hopes Gloucestershire had of a Hampshire collapse were soon brushed aside by Liam Dawson.

He added another 57 runs alongside Carberry before falling to Will Gidman for 25 with the score on 114.

At this point it looked like Hampshire’s chase was destined to run into the final session of the game.

But vice-captain Vince – fresh from a brilliant 144 in the first innings – hit three of his first five balls for four as he signalled his intent.

Reaching his half-century in just 31 balls – with a second six in an over from Tom Smith – the England Lions star added a fresh spark to the chase for glory.

And with Carberry turning on the afterburners as well, Hampshire breezed home in style before tea.

Hampshire’s celebrations were only tempered by the news Adam Wheater has broken his finger.

Michael Bates, who struck a ton for the second team this week, is now expected to come in for the trip to Derbyshire on Sunday.