Positive Adam Wheater avoids the break for Hampshire

Adam Wheater and Gareth Berg. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Adam Wheater and Gareth Berg. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Adam Wheater believes a positive approach gave Hampshire some much-needed impetus into their batting.

The wicketkeeper struck a fine 111 and shared a partnership of 165 runs with Gareth Berg, who fell just one run short of his century.

A dodgy finger seems to help me play a few more shots!

Adam Wheater

But on a pitch that has seen the odd ball misbehave, Wheater felt that attack was the best form of defence as he raced to three figures and put Hampshire in command of the game.

He said: ‘With that wicket, it almost gave us a license to play a few shots because there are a few cracks in it.

‘There are a few balls that pop up off a crack.

‘But it was actually quite nice.

‘I was pleased because I was battling to try to pick the ball up early and to be my usual dominant self.

‘I tinkered with my technique over the past week and I was really pleased with it paying off in this innings.

‘Bergy played out of his skin and played some amazing shots.

‘When we got to that 150 partnership, I think he was on 75 and I thought I was going at a fast rate so it proved how well he played.’

It’s also a remarkable recovery for the former Essex man considering there were real fears he had broken a finger during last week’s draw with Worcestershire.

He said: ‘I had a scan and luckily it came back as ligaments, rather than being broken, which is a result because it is the same finger as last year.

‘I’ve had a few nice strong painkillers and I’ve been fine.

‘I haven’t had an injection or anything.

‘It felt like I had broken it again but luckily it came back that I hadn’t.

‘A dodgy finger seems to help me play a few more shots!’

After a tough baptism back in division one this season, Hampshire are well on course for a much-needed victory.

And Wheater insists they will continue with their positive approach as they bid to take the final five wickets and then knock off the victory target.

He said: ‘We got ourselves a decent first-innings lead and we wanted five or six wickets to make things a little bit easier.

‘We are batting on that wicket last so it might be a bit harder.

‘But if it was 150-160, I think we would be quite confident chasing that.

‘We’ve had a tough few games before this one so it’s been nice to get on the front foot, rather than defending.

‘It makes it more enjoyable and there is some light at the end of the tunnel with the hard work we have put in.’