Adams & Co cruise to success

Sean Terry. Picture: Neil Marshall
Sean Terry. Picture: Neil Marshall
England's Mason Crane will make his England Test debut when the fifth Ashes Test begins at Sydney Cricket Ground tonight

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Hampshire completed their pre-season programme with a 274-run victory over Loughborough MCCU yesterday.

The Ageas Bowl outfit host Gloucestershire as they begin their County Championship division two campaign on Thursday.

The west country visitors will pose a sterner test than what the students offered over the Easter weekend.

However, with Hampshire placing their faith in youth this season, there is no doubt the early signs are positive.

Loughborough were given a target of 391 to win yesterday but fell well short as they were bowled out for just 116.

Liam Dawson fired a timely reminder of his skills with the ball as he wrapped up victory with three wickets for eight.

His left-arm spin could well become a useful tool for skipper Jimmy Adams, with Danny Briggs aiming to build on his recent England debut over the summer.

Chris Wood, 21, had earlier given Hampshire the perfect start as he took two wickets with the new ball.

The left-arm swing bowler returned figures of two for eight in his single spell, building on the five for 41 he took on Saturday afternoon as the students were bowled out for 166 in their first innings.

Arguably, the major winners of the weekend were Michael Bates and Sean Terry.

Keeper Bates allayed fears over his batting with a superb 93 in Hampshire’s total of 445 for seven – a score dominated by another irresistible knock by James Vince (128).

Meanwhile, new-signing Terry, 20, hit an unbeaten 59 on his first-class debut as he pushed for a start on Thursday.