Solid progress for Hampshire

Michael Carberry and Liam Dawson. Pic: Dave Vokes/LMIphotography
Michael Carberry and Liam Dawson. Pic: Dave Vokes/LMIphotography
Kyle Abbott Picture: Neil Marshall

Hampshire and rain frustrate Middlesex

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Hampshire turned in a solid batting display as they clocked up a first-innings lead of 106 with two wickets still in hand on day two of their Championship clash with Glamorgan.

After resuming the innings on 119 for one after dominating the first day, half-centuries from Michael Carberry (66), Liam Dawson (64) and James Vince (61) helped the home side to 330 for eight at stumps with Michael Bates (22 not out) and Kyle Abbott (17 not out) still unbeaten at the crease.

It might have been better if any of the trio had gone on to reach three figures and, if you are being hyper-critical, you would argue that at least one of them should have done so.

But on a disjointed day where 23 overs were lost to a succession of short rain showers, it’s still a healthy lead.

And it should give Jimmy Adams’ side an excellent opportunity to exert some pressure on the visitors in their second innings as they chase a first victory on home soil of the campaign.

While Carberry impressed on day one to reach 62 not out, he was unable to find the same fluency when he resumed his innings and added just four runs before he slashed at a wide delivery and picked out the fielder to become the first casualty of the day.

Vince and Dawson then added 56 for the third wicket before the latter edged behind when he had looked largely untroubled in his 182-ball stay and well on course for a century.

But the same could be said for Vince, who cracked eight fours from 102 balls with some trademark strokes before he was trapped by Graham Wagg (three for 103) to end his 50-partnership with Will Smith (34).

The former Durham man also looked well set before he departed when he played on to Tom Helm (two for 69).

Joe Gatting (two), meanwhile, continued his poor run of form since his arrival from Sussex as he edged behind and must already be looking over his shoulder at those pressing for his place.

Although he hit 67 at Derbyshire recently, his second highest Championship score is just 11 in five innings so far and he has taken time to settle into any kind of rhythm.

Sean Ervine (24) added some useful runs as he saw off a tricky spell with the new ball and a reinvigorated Glamorgan attack but became Allenby’s second victim shortly before Matt Coles went without scoring in the same over.

With the bowlers having stuck to their task gamely, they looked like running through the rest of the batting line-up in quick succession.

But Bates and Abbott saw Hampshire through to the close as they picked up three batting points to add to the three bowling points on day one.

While it might have been better, Hampshire would certainly have taken a first-innings lead of more than 100 before a ball was bowled.

Now they may have set their sights on a lead of something close to 150, which would set them up very nicely for the final two days.