Tomlinson: Hampshire still in with a shot

Sean Ervine batting for Hampshire against Sussex. Picture: Neil Marshall
Sean Ervine batting for Hampshire against Sussex. Picture: Neil Marshall
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James Tomlinson believes Hampshire are still on course to grab a victory from their opening clash with Sussex.

The Ageas Bowl hosts rallied superbly on day three.

They skittled out the visitors for 164.

And then reached 181 for four in reply, closing the day with the task of firing 197 runs for victory, with six wickets in hand.

It won’t be easy but they have done well to dig in and keep the contest alive.

Bowler Tomlinson grabbed four wickets for 37 runs for Hampshire as he helped destroy the Sussex batting line-up.

He said: ‘We are very much in this game, and it has been a great effort that we are in this game from where we were.

‘We can win but we are going to have to bat well against a pumped-up Sussex side.’

Michael Carberry hit 79 to give Hampshire a promising start.

James Vince and Liam Dawson fell cheaply.

But Will Smith (22 not out) and Adam Wheater (11 not out) steadied the innings before the close.

It could fall on them to lead the charge today and both clearly have the quality to make big scores.

Tomlinson believes the team can be upbeat about their display – win or lose.

He added: ‘Wherever this game goes now we have shown the fight to play in this division.’