Jimmy Adams lauded team-mate James Vince’s unbeaten century as one of the best innings he has ever seen as Hampshire cruised to a nine-wicket Yorkshire Bank 40 victory over Essex.
Vince struck a magnificent 129 not out as the Royals began the defence of their 40-over crown in tremendous style at Chelmsford, Vince’s opening stand of 156 with Michael Carberry setting the visitors on their way.
The 22-year-old was in imperious form as he put the Essex attack to the sword.
And Adams did not hold back with his praise.
The Royals skipper said: ‘The partnership between Carbs and Vincey was outstanding – probably the best display of batting I have seen for a while.
‘And Vincey’s innings was the best I’ve seen for a long time, if not ever.
‘He was playing a different game to the one I was when I went out there!
‘I didn’t find it easy batting out there and the fact that he took the attack to them and didn’t even take a chance was superb.
‘He played high-quality cricket shots and you couldn’t set a field to him. In some ways, I felt sorry for James Foster (Essex captain).
‘As a captain, I don’t really know what you are supposed to do there.
‘He was hitting good balls for four but was destructive and then composed to see it through and be there at the end.
‘That is all you can ask. He couldn’t have played any better.
‘It was phenomenal.’
Vince himself is a modest character and is refusing to get carried away, despite his flying start to the season.
He already has three centuries to his name and looks an accomplished batsman.
Vince said: ‘It’s going pretty well for me at the moment but I can’t take my foot off the gas.
‘I need to keep scoring runs while I am in good touch.
‘I know my game pretty well at the moment and it’s always good to be scoring runs and having a few in the bank early in the season.
‘I’ve got a good method going and I’m sticking to it.
‘There will be days when it doesn’t work out for you but it went well for me this time.
‘Myself and Carbs were both looking to be positive and were seeing it well.
‘That was how we looked to play it last year and that was pretty successful. It was a great partnership.
‘But I wanted to be out there at the end to finish the game off.
‘The bowlers did a good job as well. We’re delighted with the win.’
Hampshire now face Scotland in the 40-over contest at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow (1.45pm) and then travel to Surrey on Monday.
Adams said: ‘If we can carry on this sort of form, I’m sure we will come out on the right side.
‘But we can’t get carried away by one good win.
‘We won’t be taking anything for granted and we will be looking to hit the same sort of standards again.’