Hampshire built on an excellent display with the ball to fire themselves into a commanding position on day one of their County Championship division two clash with Glamorgan.
Jimmy Adams’ side bowled out their Welsh counterparts for 224 after the Hampshire skipper won the toss and put them into bat at a blustery Ageas Bowl.
And with Michael Carberry (62 not out) and Liam Dawson (37 not out), the home side reached stumps at 119 for one – just 105 runs behind with nine wickets in hand.
Sean Ervine (three for 36), Matt Coles (three for 39) and Kyle Abbott (three for 66) shared the wickets but wicketkeeper Michael Bates shone once again with four catches – some of which were simply breathtaking.
The keeper set the ball rolling in the second over of the day when he clung on to a superb low catch as Abbott found the edge of the dangerous Jacques Rudolph’s bat.
But while Bates excelled, Dawson showed he has an equally safe pair of hands with four slip catches throughout the innings.
William Bragg (49) and Murray Goodwin (23) both saw their hopes end in Bates’ gloves and with Glamorgan reduced to 92 for four at lunch, Hampshire had got their rewards for their decision to field first.
They rammed home that advantage in the afternoon session.
Wickets tumbled in frequent fashion as the bowlers sensed blood from a batting line-up that was under pressure.
It could have been even better for the home side but for a frustrating 10th-wicket stand that added 65 runs to the total when they could easily have been bowled out for less than 200.
Glamorgan wicketkeeper Mark Wallace hit a brave 67 not out from 70 balls, while Tom Helm (17) stuck to his task well for a number 11 batsman as he was peppered.
But when Bates pouched his fourth catch of the innings from Coles’ bowling to dismiss Helm, Hampshire would certainly have taken 224 all out as they started their reply.
Adams (13) and Carberry appeared to be building a solid base until the skipper was caught behind.
But Carberry looked somewhere back to his dominant best after a patchy start to the campaign, while Dawson provided capable support as the duo enjoyed an unbroken 87-run partnership.
It’s given the home side an excellent opportunity to build a big first-innings lead.