Vince continues his fantastic form

James Vince hit another century. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince hit another century. Picture: Neil Marshall
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James Vince blasted a second straight century as he picked up where he left off against Loughborough University.

The Hampshire batsman cracked 148 in last week’s curtain-raiser against Leicestershire and followed that with 114 against the students on day one of their three-day challenge match as he continued his flying start to the new campaign.

Vince hit 16 fours and one six in his fluent 133-ball knock on the Ageas Bowl Nursery Ground, while Jimmy Adams played himself into form with a disciplined 96 before he was trapped lbw by Devon Endersby.

Michael Carberry was the first wicket to fall, managing just seven before he was caught behind off the bowling of Toby Lester.

And Liam Dawson (24) was the next man to depart at 45 for two.

But Vince and Adams then put on 194.

Adams, whose innings included 17 fours but came in 223 balls, certainly needed the time at the crease after his duck in last week’s clash.

But Vince picked up where he had left off and looks in seriously good nick.

Adam Wheater, who is playing as a batsman with Michael Bates back in the side to keep wicket, also notched a century – finishing on 102 not out when Hampshire declared.

Debutant Michael Roberts (16) was also unbeaten as the hosts posted 377 for four off 83 overs.

In reply, Loughborough fell to 16 for two before the close.

David Griffiths struck twice on his return to the Hampshire side.