Adams considers Hampshire’s options

Hampshire's stand-in skipper Jimmy Adams
Hampshire's stand-in skipper Jimmy Adams
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Jimmy Adams has admitted Hampshire could yet consider a manufactured finish to their latest Championship clash at Durham.

The acting skipper, who has taken command in the absence of the injured Dominic Cork, cut a frustrated figure yesterday as Hampshire’s hopes of avoiding relegation were dealt a further blow as play was abandoned without a single ball bowled at Chester-le-Street after constant rain.

With Hampshire on 77 for three after the first day’s play was also hit by the weather, hopes of forcing a much-needed win already look slim with so much time lost from the game already.

But while the Rose Bowl outfit made no agreement with Yorkshire last week as that game appeared to be petering out for a draw, it could be different this week, with Durham also keen to force a positive result in their quest for the title.

And that could mean an early declaration or even the teams forfeiting an innings to get the game moving if the weather clears up.

Adams said: ‘We need to win games but Durham probably need to win, too.

‘If we can bat and bowl well, me might not need any help from setting up games or stuff like that.

‘But we’ve lost some time to rain over the game and there might be a chance of setting something up so we will have to wait and see.’

It would be a bold move from Adams but any decision has to be made in tandem with Durham skipper Phil Mustard.

But finding a suitable arrangement often ends in failure and sees so many four-day games drift away into disappointing draws.

While the left-hander was disappointed by the elements, he was also annoyed at his dismissal late on day one after battling through against the swinging conditions.

He said: ‘The 20s are proving pretty hard for me to get out of at the moment but it’s pretty frustrating.

‘My movement, balance and rhythm were as good as they have been for a while in tough conditions against a decent attack.

‘It’s pretty infuriating but that’s cricket, I suppose.

‘There have been plenty of times in the past few years where I’ve nicked my fair share down to third man or chopped one and it’s missed the stumps.

‘It’s swings and roundabouts but hopefully I can push on in the next few innings.’