Adams stars as Briggs and Tommo support

Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams Picture: Neil Marshall
Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams Picture: Neil Marshall
Hampshire's James Vince hits a six during the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston, Birmingham. PPP-170309-212743001

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Jimmy Adams is not normally the type of person who tends to get too frustrated.

But after day one of Hampshire’s Championship division two clash at Gloucestershire, the captain’s normally unflappable character looked just a shade rattled.

Adams was decidedly unimpressed that his side’s inept batting display had effectively left him to do it all on his own.

It wasn’t from a selfish perspective that he had been forced to carry the burden.

Instead, it was more disappointment in his team-mates, who he frequently backs to the hilt, after they had been unable to follow his lead.

The skipper had chosen his words carefully after play had finished on the opening day and insisted his men should be prepared to fight back.

They certainly did that and he led the way once again.

From 69 for six on day one and 97 for eight, Adams and Danny Briggs (54) performed cricket’s equivalent of Rorke’s Drift with an extraordinary ninth-wicket partnership of 128 on day two.

And Adams was still there unbeaten on a fabulous 129 when rain halted play early.

While Adams and Briggs were well worthy of the plaudits, special mention should also go to James Tomlinson who was there alongside his captain on one not out as the team somehow reached 264 for nine.

The left-arm seamer got off the mark from the 44th delivery he faced and his 47-ball vigil ensured Hampshire got the second of two of the most unlikely batting bonus points they will get all season.

Briggs led the way in the morning session, resuming on 25 not out and reaching his maiden first-class half-century to underline a long-held opinion by many that he is far better than an average number 10 batsman.

But with a previous career best of 38 not out, the former Ventnor man grew in confidence as he struck one six and seven fours in his 125-ball knock.

It took Adams 221 balls to bring up the 18th first-class century of his career, before he began to hunt bonus runs.

The game itself looks destined for a draw, but that may change. Stranger things have already happened here.