Hampshire wrap up first win of the season

Chris Wood, centre, got the ball rolling on day four with the key wicket of Daryl Mitchell  Picture: Barry Zee

Chris Wood, centre, got the ball rolling on day four with the key wicket of Daryl Mitchell Picture: Barry Zee

Vikram Dawson celebrates a wicket. Picture: Keith Woodland

Dynamic Dawson inspires Portsmouth to important victory

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Hampshire secured their first Championship victory of the season with a comprehensive demolition of Worcestershire.

Jimmy Adams’ side sealed the win by an innings and 42 runs as they picked up the remaining five wickets before lunch on the final day.

With the visitors resuming on 153 for five, Chris Wood (two for 56) set the ball rolling after a frustrating first 45 minutes of the day as he removed Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell (92) shortly after the new ball had been taken.

That served as the catalyst as former Hambledon man Michael Johnson (44) was then trapped lbw by David Balcombe, who also picked up the wicket of Richard Jones.

Wickets then fell in quick succession as Danny Briggs (three for 38) finished the job, bowling former Ventnor team-mate Chris Russell to start the celebrations as Worcestershire were bowled out for 252 - still 42 runs short of making the home side bat again.

And with a victory on the board, Hampshire will travel to Essex on Monday in confident mood.

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