Rain helps Hampshire snatch draw

Groundstaff battle the elements on day four at the Ageas Bowl. Picture: Neil Marshall
Groundstaff battle the elements on day four at the Ageas Bowl. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Jimmy Adams reflected on Hampshire’s start to the season after rain saved the day at the Ageas Bowl.

Less than 10 overs were possible as the home side successfully held out for a draw against Nottinghamshire in County Championship division one.

Adams admitted it was the best result his side could have hoped for when they trailed the visitors by 391 runs overnight.

The skipper had reached 10 not out when the match was declared a draw with his side 29 without loss.

Hampshire are yet to win after returning to the top tier – having recorded two draws and a defeat in their opening three fixtures of the summer.

And Adams reckons the key to getting a first win on the board rests with his batting unit.

The captain said: ‘Coming into the final day, the draw was all we could hope for.

‘We had a poor day on Tuesday, so a draw was the best result we could get.

‘The rain certainly helped that.

‘I have the confidence we could have batted the day, it would have been a good challenge.

‘We played some decent cricket in the first few days but again we lacked in certain important phases of the game.

‘So far this season our seamers have done a lot of yards and we have spent a lot of time in the field – and that can take it’s toll.

‘The batting isn’t firing properly.

‘Everyone has had starts but we have only had one hundred as a group, that’s an area we need to rectify as the season progresses.’

Sean Ervine’s 102 against Warwickshire is the side’s only ton of the season so far.

Hampshire travel to face Yorkshire at Headingley on May 10-13.