A combination of poor batting and a bowler-friendly pitch contributed to a clatter of wickets on day one of Hampshire’s Championship clash at Warwickshire.
That’s the verdict of Giles White.
After losing the toss on a green pitch and with plenty of cloud cover helping seam movement, Hampshire were bowled out for just 141.
Chris Woakes (seven for 20) made the most of the conditions, while James Tomlinson picked up a couple of wickets to keep his side in the game.
But although Hampshire hit back with the home side ending the day on 96 for four, Warwickshire enjoyed the better of the opening day.
And White’s men need to find a response on day two to haul themselves back into the contest.
White said: ‘A lot has happened and a few wickets have fallen.
‘For us, it’s a case of putting in a good performance on the second morning to keep us in the game.
‘I suspect it was a bad toss to lose.
‘There was a green tinge to the pitch and wickets fell early but it looks a decent pitch now.
‘The ball moved around and Warwickshire put the ball in good areas but we played some soft shots.
‘We would have liked to have had a bowl first but it wasn’t to be.’
The procession of batsmen became a familiar sight on a day when a total of 14 wickets fell at Edgbaston.
But even with overcast conditions helping the bowlers, Hampshire’s total of 141 all out was way below what they were looking for.
Jimmy Adams (17) and Liam Dawson put on 35 for the first wicket before Adams was caught at point.
Michael Carberry and Dawson took the score to 48 for one before the innings unravelled.
Four wickets fell without a run added to the scoreboard.
Carberry (four), Neil McKenzie (nought), Dawson (25) and James Vince (nought) left Hampshire in disarray at 48 for five.
And Michael Bates (one) didn’t hang around for too long as the division one strugglers stumbled to 57 for six with Chris Woakes (seven for 20) causing havoc.
But experienced duo Sean Ervine (36) and Dimi Mascarenhas (33) at least dug in to build a partnership of 64.
White said: ‘The core of our batting unit were dismissed on the same score and that left us with a lot of work to do.
‘Dimi and Sean put on a good partnership but we weren’t able to build on that as we would have liked.’
James Tomlinson (two for 28) looked a threat upon his return to the side and White is hopeful his men can boost their hopes of avoiding relegation with a big performance on the second day.
White said: ‘It’s nice to see James back.
‘He’s been injured at the start of the season and he struggled to get himself into the side but he has come in and swung the ball consistently.
‘If we can put in a good performance with the ball and then we can bat well.
‘Then it’s game on.’