JIMMY ADAMS admits it is down to him and the rest of his batting colleagues to plot a course away from relegation danger after Hampshire’s Championship thumping.
The Ageas Bowl outfit were thrashed by nine wickets inside three days by Somerset, after they were made to pay the price for their inept first-innings batting display on day two.
Myself and a few others would dearly love a big score to kick it offJimmy Adams
Hampshire were bowled out for just 147 in reply to Somerset’s 346, and although they improved with 262 as they followed on in their second innings, the 64-run target was never going to trouble Somerset.
Gareth Berg (86) and Adam Wheater (49) showed some form but it needed someone to make a big century to give Hampshire any hope of turning the game around.
Sean Ervine and Wheater are the only batsmen to make it to three figures in eight Championship matches, and Adams knows him and his fellow top-order colleagues need to contribute more to the cause.
The Hampshire skipper said: ‘You always want more runs, individually and collectively. It’s where you put a stamp on the game.
‘Myself and a few others would dearly love a big score to kick it off.
‘It gets to that point where you know what you need to do but sometimes you can almost try too hard.
‘We’ve got a spare day for the guys to get some work done to iron out a few things, if there is anything.
‘Or they may feel they need a bit of a mental break.
‘We’ve got to get ourselves in the right frame of mind for the next game.
‘But it’s a crucial part of the game to get those first-innings runs.
‘We are probably too reliant on the middle and lower order to get us out of trouble at the moment.
‘We have got the players – we have just got to perform.
‘It’s just going to take a bit of good, old-fashioned hard work.
‘What else can you do?’
The result leaves Hampshire third from bottom of the division one table with just one win to their name this season.
And Adams knows his men need a positive response at Lord’s against Middlesex, starting on Sunday.
He said: ‘There is still a long, long way to go.
‘But we need to get a couple of wins under our belt to not be involved in a relegation battle.
‘We need to show a bit more consistency than we have within games.
‘We can’t afford those sessions where we slip so far behind because it’s very hard to get it back.
‘You can over-think it but we need to go one game at a time and piece together session by session.
‘In this game, the first innings was our Achilles heel.
‘There was a good amount of spirit shown in the second innings but we were too far behind to make an impact.
‘It’s very disappointing but it was a similar situation a couple of weeks ago and we managed to turn things around for the next game.
‘We’ve just got to do that again now.
‘The lads are all well aware of things and we need to do a lot better.’