Ton for Vince but rain stalls progress

James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
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James Vince struck his third County Championship century of the season yesterday.

However, Hampshire’s progress in their division two clash with Worcestershire at New Road was thwarted by the weather.

Vince finished unbeaten on 106 as the visitors reached 197 for three before rain curtailed the first day’s play after 52.5 overs.

Worcestershire had earlier made a fine start after winning the toss.

Veteran seamer Alan Richardson, 38, took his tally to 61 wickets for the season with an early double strike.

He had Jimmy Adams caught behind for a duck – the seventh time the skipper has failed to trouble the scorers this term.

And Moeen Ali then caught Michael Roberts (13) at slip as the visitors wobbled on 23 for two.

It could have been worse for Hampshire, too, as Vince presented Ali with another chance in the corden.

The England Lions batsman had made just four at that stage.

But Ali put the catch down and the 22-year-old made the hosts pay.

He smashed his way to a half-century off just 77 balls as he shared a partnership of 158 for the third wicket with Liam Dawson.

Vince continued his fluent progress as he reached three figures in 146 balls – with 17 fours and a six.

Meanwhile Dawson was going nicely, too, until he was run out by a smart piece of work from Ross Whiteley.

The all-rounder notched 70 – his eighth half-century of the first-class campaign – off 126 balls with four fours and one maximum.

Adam Wheater (two not out) was with Vince for just nine deliveries before the rain hit New Road.

And the umpires were soon forced to call time on the first day’s play.

Vince and Hampshire will be hoping the rain stays away today as they aim to build a daunting first-innings total.