Promotion-chasing Hampshire excel with bat and ball

Hampshire bowler Chris Wood   Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Hampshire bowler Chris Wood Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Hampshire excelled with bat and ball to strengthen their chances of promotion to County Championship division one on day two of their season finale at Glamorgan.

After being bowled out for 357 on the first evening, the visitors skittled the Welsh county for just 172 in 53.3 overs –185 adrift after the first innings – with seamer Chris Wood recording impressive figures of four for 42.

And – after deciding to not enforce the follow on – Hampshire reached 175 for three in their second innings by the close to go into tomorrow’s third day with a healthy lead of 360, thanks to 91 from 121 balls from skipper Jimmy Adams.

With promotion-rivals Essex in control of their clash with Worcestershire, a win for Hampshire now appears imperative, although a healthy 10-point advantage means the second-place side remain firmly in the driving seat.

A delighted Wood said: ‘It’s nice to be among the wickets.

‘I haven’t played much four-day cricket this year, so when I do play I look to grab my opportunity and run in and get some wickets for the lads.

‘We couldn’t ask for a better position to be in going into days three and four.

‘We were umming and ahing whether to bat again (enforce the follow-on) and we thought with two-and-a-half days to go it was probably best to bat, as the wicket is only going to get worse.’