Hampshire in deep trouble

Will Smith could not rescue Hampshire. Picture: Neil Marshall
Will Smith could not rescue Hampshire. Picture: Neil Marshall
Have your say

Hampshire suffered their bleakest day of the new season as Worcestershire put themselves in a commanding position on day two of the Championship clash.

A limp batting display saw the home side dismissed for just 222 – a total that was 78 runs short of what first-team coach Dale Benkenstein suggested was a par score.

But that effort was made to look even worse when Worcestershire cruised along to 221 for three – a deficit of just one run with seven wickets in hand.

Resuming their first innings on 119 for four, Hampshire struggled with the bat again and never looked like getting up towards a decent total.

With the opening pair putting on 88 for the first wicket, it meant that they lost all 10 for just 134 runs.

James Vince’s search for Championship form continued as he was the first man to depart for just eight after playing on after a bottom edge to Joe Leach (five for 63).

Adam Wheater (15) was next to go and things didn’t improve when Will Smith (40) – the one batsman who looked like he might stick around – was bowled by Colin Munro.

The dismissal of Sean Ervine (17) left Hampshire struggling at 205 for eight but the resistance was over shortly before the lunch interval when Danny Briggs (seven) and Brad Wheal (nought) fell in quick succession.

Worcestershire made serene progress as the opening partnership reached 62 before Gareth Berg removed Richard Oliver (33) to Will Smith at slip, who then had to leave the field with a finger injury.

And when Wheater failed to emerge after the tea interval, Vince had to don the gloves for the final session.

Tom Fell (48) became Berg’s second victim but Worcestershire were within just eight runs of Hampshire when Vince took a good catch to remove Alex Gidman (29) from Wheal’s bowling.