JIMMY ADAMS’ superb unbeaten CB40 half-century was a welcome ray of sunshine for Hampshire on a grey day in Leicester.
The left-hander hammered an excellent 41-ball 50, as the Royals raced to 89 for one off 14 overs in their encounter against the Foxes.
But the weather ultimately won the day as both sides were forced to settle for a point without Royals having to bowl a ball at Grace Road.
Adams was dropped early on in his innings but went on to hammer six boundaries in his fluent knock to give Hampshire supporters something to smile about on an otherwise forgettable afternoon in the East Midlands.
Adams joked: ‘From a selfish personal note, it was nice to spend a bit of time in the middle!
‘That was a personal bonus for me and I was happy with how I played. There are a few things I want to work on but it’s always nice to get runs.
‘I had a bit of a reprieve early on but otherwise I was very happy with the innings.
‘From a team perspective, though, the guys are pretty frustrated.
‘It was one of those days where the rain would relent for long enough to tease us for a little bit but come back in when we were just getting going again.
‘As a group we were reasonably well set when the first bit of rain came and looked on course for a half decent total but it wasn’t to be.
‘The lads had a chance to watch Darren Clarke win the Open in the dressing room but the cricket was a bit of a damp squib in the end.’
Hampshire went into the match on the back of four consecutive defeats in the competition and took the opportunity to blood some of the county’s younger stars.
Young guns Michael Bates, Liam Dawson, Benny Howell, Hamza Riazuddin, James Vince and Chris Wood all made it into the Royals’ XI for the match but apart from Vince – who hit 31 – had no chance to impress.
‘We had a good balance in our side with a few of the younger guys coming in, so some of them will be frustrated,’ Adams added.
‘But I’m sure they’ll get another crack.
‘It’s only a short gap until the next game against Durham tomorrow.
‘I’m sure it will be a similar team for that and hopefully they’ll get a better opportunity to show what they can do.
‘The weather is something we can’t control so we look towards that game against Durham now.’
He continued: ‘To get wins in any form of cricket is a bonus. We’ve gone well in the t20 but it would be nice to get the CB40 up and running as well now.
‘We’ve not really had any momentum in this competition – we’ve played okay in it at times but as a general rule it’s been one of those where we’d like to play a few more games, get some more wins and get on a run.
‘It’s a good opportunity for guys to play some cricket and find some form for the big games to come.’