Bears savaged by Hampshire

Hampshire's James Tomlinson
Hampshire's James Tomlinson
Hampshire's James Vince hits a six during the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston, Birmingham. PPP-170309-212743001

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James Vince’s third County Championship ton set Hampshire on their way to a stunning 209-run victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Vince made an eye-catching 145 as the division one strugglers caused a major upset when the Bears were routed for 98 after being set a target of 308.

Five top-order batsmen, four of them left-handers, went for ducks as James Tomlinson (four for 13) and Chris Wood (three for 36) each took wickets in successive balls to launch a spectacular demolition job.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was a high-profile casualty when caught in the gully following his first-innings contribution of one run on his Championship debut for his new team.

And Varun Chopra (19) lost his balance as Michael Bates completed a slick leg-side stumping.

Chris Woakes, unbeaten on 23, was top scorer in both innings – to add to his 10 wickets for 123 in the match – when Imran Tahir took the last two wickets.

The chaotic collapse, which has seriously damaged Warwickshire’s hope of challenging for the title, was in complete contrast to Hampshire’s progress to 416.

Vince batted with calm authority in hitting 24 fours in his 166-ball knock.

Having failed to reach 20 in seven innings since June, the 20-year-old bounced back to form in fine style.

Sean Ervine (63) and Chris Wood (32) offered fine support as the Bears spectacularly lost their way – and the match.