Hampshire see out the draw at Gloucestershire

Jimmy Adams shone again. Picture: Neil Marshall
Jimmy Adams shone again. Picture: Neil Marshall
Shahid Afridi. Picture: Neil Marshall

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While Hampshire had every reason to bemoan the British weather in their recent draw with Leicestershire, they were more than happy to accept its assistance this time around.

If time had allowed, there was only going to be one winner – except the amount of overs lost to rain ensured that neither side actually claimed victory.

And Gloucestershire will have a similar feeling of frustration that Jimmy Adams’ side had in their opening fixture when they were robbed of what looked like a certain win by rain on the final day.

They say the luck evens out over a season and Hampshire are about level on that score after the first month.

While a draw looked inevitable on the final day with so much time lost, the only possible way a result could have been forced was through a Hampshire batting collapse.

After their troubles in the first innings, they probably had a few jitters when Gloucestershire declared on 400 for four – a lead of 126.

It meant the home side had to rip through Hampshire in double quick time and when Adams and debutant Michael Roberts (44) dutifully saw off the new ball, the stalemate was never in doubt.

The opening stand of 55 was enough.

But there was just a hint of a scare as Liam Dawson went for his second succesive duck – an unwanted pair.

George Bailey (16) failed to go on to make a big contribution and Adams – unbeatable in the first innings – was removed by former team-mate Benny Howell.

As a Hampshire Championship performance, it raised questions.

Perhaps it was just the culmination of a busy first few weeks of the campaign and a squad that already looks thin was feeling the pinch?

But if they have genuine hope of mounting a promotion push, they’ll need to play an awful lot better than this.