Bowler still believes in Hampshire escape bid

Chris Wood. Picture: Neil Marshall
Chris Wood. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Chris Wood insists Hampshire are not demoralised after another opening day of County Championship cricket left them staring down the barrel.

The 21-year-old swing bowler saw opponents Yorkshire cruise to 318 for three after the first day of a contest the Rose Bowl outfit must win in their bid to avoid relegation from division one.

However, while the bowlers had precious little to celebrate on a day when they took just three wickets, Wood remains bullish.

He is still confident the home side can turn the game around – even on a pitch far more suited to batsmen than the Rose Bowl’s last Championship deck, which served up an entertaining draw with Nottinghamshire.

And he maintains Hampshire have not lost their belief.

Wood said: ‘It’s a very different wicket to the last one. It was tough for the bowlers.

‘We had to fight very hard and there wasn’t much in it.

‘It’s probably a batsman’s wicket but we’ll toil away and hopefully – if we can get a couple of early ones this morning – we might keep them down below 400.

‘If that doesn’t happen, we will stick in there and try to keep them down as much as possible.

‘When things are against you, it gets hard but we will keep battling away.

‘We’re here to be professionals and we will turn up and try to do our jobs as best as we can.

‘They are a great bunch of lads here, which helps.

‘You turn up every morning and nobody gets on each other’s backs.

‘As long as you are giving your all out on the field, that’s all you can ask for.

‘But when the wicket is like that, it’s hard for the bowlers.’

Wood, who took one for 42, made use of some early pitch movement to cause problems for the batsmen with one spell of seven consecutive maidens.

He said: ‘I can’t say I’ve bowled seven maidens in a row before.

‘It was swinging around a little bit in the morning and that was a bit more helpful than it was as the day went on. I expect the pitch will deteriorate a little bit but probably not as much as the last one.

‘It will probably be like this for the first couple of days but it will turn eventually.

‘We will have to be as patient as we can. They batted very well in that 300.

‘But we just have to toil away, bowl as many dot balls as we can and hopefully those chances will come our way eventually.’