Patient Griffiths staying cool

David Griffiths in action against Sussex at the Rose Bowl yesterday
David Griffiths in action against Sussex at the Rose Bowl yesterday
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David Griffiths admitted Hampshire will require all of their patience to drag themselves back into their Championship clash with Sussex.

The Rose Bowl outfit were made to suffer in the field as the visitors cruised to 321 for three on day one.

And Sussex will already have one eye on posting 500 after Ed Joyce, who shared an 191-run opening stand with Chris Nash, scored a century to put them in control.

While the Hampshire bowlers stuck to their task on another tough day, 25-year-old Griffiths knows that in this testing opening phase to the season, it’s vital that the side stick together.

He said: ‘It was a difficult day.

‘We would have liked to have taken a few more wickets but they are not getting away from us.

‘You have to have a lot of patience on a day like that.

‘They got away from us a bit at the start, but we set a few different plans for different batsmen.

‘And we’re pleased that they haven’t got away from us too much.

‘It can be hard not to get too demoralised when there is a big partnership building.

‘But we try to keep it fun out there. There is a good bunch of lads and we just try to keep hitting our areas.

‘You can start thinking “here we go again” a little bit after the way the season’s started.

‘But that’s when you’ve got to stick together as a team and keep fighting for Hampshire and ourselves.’

While there appeared to be precious little encouragement for the bowlers, Griffiths believes there is something there for them to work with.

He said: ‘There’s definitely something in the pitch – we just have to find it.

‘It’s a bit flat but there is something in the wicket.

‘It was going up and down a bit to start with but we are trying different things, holding the ball across the seam and things like that.

‘A few things could have gone our way and we could have got a few earlier wickets but I think there is still something in it for the bowlers.

‘They (Joyce and Nash) got a good partnership at the beginning, which is always a backward step for the bowlers, but we fought back well.

‘As a team, we thought we had a few lbw shouts that looked out, a couple of edges flying past the slips and things going safe off the glove.

‘On another day, we could have had them seven or eight down.

‘But we are where we are and we’ll have to fight hard this morning.

‘It’ll be a massive first session for us. It can change around very quickly and they have got a few bowlers in their team, so if we can get a couple more,we can get into the tail.

‘If we can get a couple of early wickets, it would make a big difference.’