Adams confident Hampshire are in position to seal promotion

Matt Coles takes the congratulations. Picture: Neil Marshall
Matt Coles takes the congratulations. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Skipper Jimmy Adams believes Hampshire’s emphatic victory against Leicestershire has put them right in the frame to win promotion.

Matt Coles and Sean Ervine each took three cheap wickets as the home side completed victory by an innings and 34 runs yesterday.

They are now in a great position to secure promotion to County Championship division one, with two games remaining.

Adams praised his bowlers and feels the team can now finish the job.

He said: ‘Our seamers worked hard for their rewards and their efforts were complemented by our slip catching, which was excellent.

‘For a while we held every half-chance and made it a great day for us.

‘The early wickets put Leicestershire under immense pressure and we went from there.

‘We had a few draws in mid-season but now we have put together back-to-back wins to put ourselves in the frame.

‘With two matches to go we are in a great position.’

Leicestershire were second best throughout the division two contest at the Ageas Bowl.

Jimmy Adams declared at his team’s overnight score of 497 for eight, a comprehensive lead of 194.

That proved plenty as Leicestershire were bowled out for just 160.

Coles took three for 67 and Ervine finished with three for 22.

Hampshire’s sixth win and with it 24 points was achieved even though only 10 overs were possible on the second day because of rain and bad light.

They are now comfortably in the second promotion place – 32 points clear of Surrey.