Giles White praised Jimmy Adams for helping put Hampshire on top during a difficult opening day of their County Championship clash with Yorkshire.
Adams scored an attritional 50 in tricky conditions as the relegation fighters edged the first day at the Ageas Bowl, closing on 219 for four.
Hampshire director of cricket White was delighted to see Adams perform so well.
He said: ‘It’s brilliant to see as Jimmy’s had a tough time so it’s great he’s come good in the last couple of innings and he played well again.
‘The cricket has been of a high standard and we battled very hard there.’
Yorkshire were mourning the death of Brian Close, who played for the county for 21 years and captained them to four Championship titles.
It’s brilliant to see as Jimmy’s had a tough time so it’s great he’s come good in the last couple of inningsGiles White
They wore black armbands as a mark of respect.
Michael Carberry and Adams reached lunch without losing their wickets, while cursing groundsman Nigel Gray’s final pitch before he retires after 25 years service for Hampshire.
After battling hard to get to lunch unscathed it took just 12 deliveries after the interval for former England batsman Carberry to return to the dressing room.
Jack Brooks managed to angle the ball across the left hander to force a feathered nick through to Andy Hodd – the batsman departing for a frustrating 28.
And in the next over the visitors struck again, this time Tim Bresnan removing James Vince for just three.
Adams reached an unassuming 50, as he occupied 106 balls at the crease.
But he fell, on 52, when Alex Lees stooped low to hang on to an edge at first slip.
Will Smith and Liam Dawson put on 72 for the fourth wicket.
Smith touched a leg side delivery from Brooks to find the safe hands of Hodd for 46.
Hampshire reached 200 to score their first potentially vital bonus point before the rain poured down to end the day 13 overs prematurely.