Jimmy Adams spoke of his relief after a long-awaited return to form yesterday.
The Hampshire skipper struck a superb 218 on day three of the County Championship division two clash with Northamptonshire at the Ageas Bowl.
But he admitted his runs, which helped the hosts close 77 ahead on 515 for nine, are unlikely to pave the way for a home victory.
They are, though, a morale boost ahead of the Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-final with Glamorgan tomorrow.
Adams passed 50 just once in the whole of August as his form dipped. The left-hander has been dismissed for six ducks in the campaign so far.
However, yesterday saw him notch a second double century of a topsy-tursy season.
‘I’ve been short of time at the crease in recent months – let alone weeks,’ said Adams.
‘So it is nice to get a score and nice to spend some time with a few guys in the middle.
‘I’m a little bit tired but it is a mixture of happiness and relief to be back in the runs.
‘I spoke to Stephen Peters (Northants skipper) while I was out there about us declaring a few runs behind.
‘But to bowl a side out on there in anything less than a day is pretty hard work.
‘It looks like the game will possibly peter out.
‘Although, we can maybe push on if we can get a few this morning.
‘And if there is a bit of cloud cover, you never know.
‘It might turn. We may get a couple with the new ball and (Liam) Dawson may spin them out.
‘But in previous games here it has been hard to force a result on the last day.’
Adams shared a stand of 152 with wicketkeeper Michael Bates, who was recalled to the team for this game as Adam Wheater stepped up as a specialist batsman.
The skipper was delighted to see Bates score 71 – firing a timely reminder of his talents to the Hampshire selection committee.
He said: ‘It is great for Batesy – and it was nice to be able to give him some good news this week.
‘He has been patient and gone about his work really well.
‘He was outstanding with the gloves, as always.
‘But it was nice for him to get some runs, too.’