Hampshire: James Vince praises troops after defeat of Durham

James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
Kyle Abbott celebrates a wicket today against champions Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Hampshire took another huge stride towards completing their great escape with victory at Durham.

The County Championship division one strugglers jumped out of the relegation zone with a comfortable seven-wicket triumph at Chester-le-Street.

Hampshire’s respite from the bottom two places may only be brief – with Sussex expected to complete a win over drop rivals Worcestershire tomorrow.

But skipper James Vince was nonetheless delighted after his troops chalked up a second successive victory.

The Ageas Bowl outfit are undefeated in three fixtures since Vince took over the reins from Jimmy Adams.

And he has called on his men to keep up their fine form when they travel to face Somerset at Taunton on Wednesday.

Vince said: ‘This was a tough wicket to bat on and we knew it was going to be hard against (Graham) Onions and (Chris) Rushworth with the new ball.

‘But once they’d bowled 10 overs each it became easier.

‘We were excellent with the ball.

‘On that sort of pitch you can go searching for things to happen a bit too much.

‘But Ryan McLaren coming in and playing as well as he did was crucial.

‘It’s now a massive game at Taunton next week.

‘And if we can win again it will give us a great chance of staying up.’

Hampshire were set a target of 163 for victory after bowling Durham out for 200 in their second innings.

And Vince guided his side home with an unbeaten 76.

‘I have moved up to number three and that’s where I want to bat in the future,’ he added.

‘It’s an important, specialist position.’