Dawson keen to make it count

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Liam Dawson admitted a tinge of disappointment after failing to make the most of his hard work.

The Hampshire all-rounder looked in good form as he resumed his innings on his overnight score of 37 not out to reach 64 in 182 balls.

But after appearing to up the tempo, Dawson was tempted by a Tom Helm wider delivery and nicked behind to wicketkeeper Mark Wallace to end his stay.

It turned out that Dawson was one of three Hampshire batsmen to fall in the 60s after Michael Carberry (66) and James Vince (61) also failed to go on to a century as the home side reached 330 for eight in reply to Glamorgan’s 224 all out.

But Dawson was mindful of the fact that it is early in the season and was not too disappointed with his efforts.

He said: ‘Obviously, you are disappointed any time you get out.

‘It was a gritty innings and I felt pretty solid and I wanted to get more runs.

‘But if I’d got 100, I would have wanted 150 so you are disappointed when you get out at that stage.

‘I have got starts every time this year and have felt pretty good.

‘I was quite solid and happy with my performance.

‘It’s nice to get some runs.

‘At this time of the year, you take what you can.

‘So I was happy with 64. It was a decent day.’

The rain interruptions certainly played a part in halting Hampshire’s progress with the batsmen having to play themselves in every time there was a stoppage in play.

But while Dawson felt his side should have enjoyed an even bigger lead, he believes the 106-run advantage will play a key role over the second half of the contest.

He said: From the positions we were in, it’s probably a little bit disappointing.

‘But we are 100 or so runs ahead and any lead on a day three and four wicket is a good lead.

‘If we can get an extra 30 runs or so, they will be right under pressure.

‘It was a nightmare of a day to keep stopping and starting like that.

‘I think we dealt with it fairly well and it was disappointing to lose a few wickets in that last 20 overs or so but we are on top of the game.

‘In an ideal situation, we could have been 100 ahead with five wickets in hand but it was not to be.’

Hampshire should now have the chance to chase a rare home victory to underline their promotion credentials after an encouraging start to the division two campaign.

And Dawson feels there is enough life in this Ageas Bowl pitch to help the bowlers.

He said: ‘We have talked about getting ourselves into winning positions in four-day cricket and we have got a good chance here if we bowl well.

‘The new ball will be crucial when we do bowl.

‘Glamorgan bowled very well and they were very patient.

‘They were a bit more disciplined and there is enough in the wicket.

‘If you bowl well, it can be hard to score but if you are slightly off your lines, you can score quite quickly.

‘We get a lot of boring draws here but it’s a good cricket wicket and it might go up and down a bit, so it should be good fun for the next two days.’