Dawson gutted to miss out on ton

Liam Dawson bats for Hampshire against Somerset. Picture: Neil Marshall
Liam Dawson bats for Hampshire against Somerset. 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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Liam Dawson believes he will learn from the experience of missing out on only his second first-class century after he fell in the nervous 90s.

The 21-year-old continued a fine personal start to the season with his third half-century in five Championship innings.

But he admitted his concentration had been affected as he closed in on what would have been only the second ton of his Championship career.

Having made the breakthrough at Trent Bridge with an unbeaten 100 in September 2008, it’s been three years since Dawson has got into the 90s again.

But, although he was disappointed to miss out, he he has been delighted by his early-season form.

He said: ‘I was happy to get 91 but then I was gutted that I didn’t get that second first-class hundred.

‘I was thinking I hadn’t got one for three years and I probably thought too much about it when I got to 90.

‘I was trying not to think about it but it’s tough when you get to 90 and you’ve only got one first-class hundred.

‘I got an under-edge and it’s a bit frustrating but it happens. I think I will learn from that.

‘But if somebody had said to me at the start of the season that I would start like this, I would have snapped their hand off.

‘Something seems to be clicking so while I’m in a bit of form, I will keep trying to do what I’m doing and make the most of it.’

While Dawson was the pick of the Hampshire batsmen, his team-mates failed to match his efforts with only opening partner Jimmy Adams (74) and Dominic Cork (44) making any significant contribution.

And the former England Lions man knows that his side’s 285 all out is well below what they should have posted after such a flying start to the innings.

He said: ‘We’re probably a bit under par.

‘The way we were going, we were looking at 450-500, but it wasn’t to be.

‘On wickets that help with the batting, you should be looking at more than we got.

‘I think it was a 400 wicket, it was pretty good to bat on.

‘But we’ve got 285 to defend and we’ve got to pick ourselves up and bowl them out.’

Considering regular opener Michael Carberry remains sidelined by a lung complaint, the opening partnership has not been a cause for concern for manager Giles White with both Adams and Dawson scoring runs.

But the middle order’s lack of runs will certainly be a worry and Dawson has backed his team-mates to rediscover their form quickly.

He said: ‘I’m not too sure why it hasn’t happened – its down to individuals, I think.

‘But we’ve been through tough times in this competition in the past few years and always bounced back stronger so we’ll be looking to do that again.’