Hampshire aim to rectify ‘disappointing’ start

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Giles White admitted Hampshire made a disappointing start to their County Championship division two clash with Northamptonshire.

But the first team manager insists ‘it is by no means a disaster’ in his side’s scrap for promotion back into the top flight.

Just 48 overs of play were possible yesterday – after rain battered the Ageas Bowl throughout the morning.

When the game did get going, Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams won the toss and asked the visitors to bat on a green wicket.

And at 98 for five, the hosts were well in control.

However, Rob Newton (46 not out) and James Middlebrook (26 not out) teamed up to see their side to 170 for five at the close of play.

White was disappointed with that tally on such a bowler-friendly wicket.

However, he is confident his attack can put things right this morning.

The manager said: ‘We are disappointed with that score on this particular wicket.

‘It is by no means a disaster but it is something we have to build on today.

‘They played well but we will be keen to break that partnership early on and make some inroads.

‘We didn’t quite get enough balls in the right area yesterday.

‘But we will make sure we rectify that this morning and if we do I reckon there is enough in the wicket to bowl them out for a relatively cheap score.

‘On wickets like this you need to get a lot of balls in good areas to get some assistance from the wicket – that will be the plan today.’

James Vince got the nod ahead of Bilal Shafayat, while Chris Wood came in for the injured Dimi Mascarenhas.