James Tomlinson surveyed his match-winning five-wicket haul for Hampshire and insisted: It’s given us a vital boost.
Jimmy Adams’ side picked up only their second Championship success of the season as they claimed a 43-run victory at Glamorgan yesterday in a cracking game at Cardiff ahead of tonight’s Friends Life t20 clash with Sussex.
It was long-serving left-arm seamer Tomlinson who led the way with five wickets for 44 runs – his best return of the campaign – as he ripped through the top order to put his side on top.
Glamorgan looked firm favourites to grab the win when they were set a victory target of 221.
But once Tomlinson had reduced them to 58 for five in a devastating spell, Hampshire had the bit between their teeth.
While Murray Goodwin (56 not out) dropped anchor for his side, and put on a partnership worth 80, Tomlinson broke the partnership to remove captain Mark Wallace (44), before Danny Briggs (three for 33) ran through the tail as Glamorgan were bowled out for 179 – 43 runs short.
Tomlinson said: ‘It was a brilliant result for us.
‘A lot of effort went into these four days and now we’ve shown what we can do.
‘It gives us a bit of momentum but we have to get on with it and keep it going now.
‘You can never look too far ahead but it has given us a major boost to get the win.
‘After the Gloucestershire game, we sat down and had a chat about doing the right things.
‘But we did that in this game.
‘I think we are improving in four-day cricket all the time.’
Hampshire have not looked at ease in County Championship division two since the first two games of the campaign.
But Tomlinson remains the reliable wicket-taker in the bowling unit and was key to the revival with a fine display.
He said: ‘It went very well for me.
‘I felt I’ve bowled well to left-handers all year and struggled a bit to the right-handers but I managed to get the ball swinging in and then nipping away to get the edge, which was really pleasing. I was pretty chuffed about that.
‘I got the ball in the right spot and managed to find the edge a few times.
‘I was a bit off the pace in the last game, which was a shame.
‘But I’m delighted to turn it around and help get us a win.’
He added: ‘We didn’t have a lot of runs to defend, but anything over 200 and we knew we had a chance.
‘Ideally, we would have liked to have set them 250.
‘But with 220 we felt we were well in the game and knew we needed to take a few wickets with the new ball.
‘I wouldn’t say we were confident, but we knew we had chance.
‘But we fought very hard for it and I felt we deserved the win.
‘It was a really good game and a great declaration by Glamorgan – they deserve a lot of credit for that. It made for a brilliant four-day game.’