Vince leads Hampshire charge

James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
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James Vince smashed a brutal century as Hampshire cruised into a healthy 113-run lead on day two of their Championship clash at Gloucestershirex

The talented batsman, out for a duck in his first knock of the season at home to Worcestershire, hit back in style with a brilliant 144 to build on a fine bowling effort in the morning from Kyle Abbott (five for 67) and James Tomlinson (four for 68).

With the home side resuming on 292 for five, the duo cleaned up the rest of the batting line-up in speedy fashion with just 12 runs added as Will Tavare was finally dismissed for 139 in the total of 304 all out.

Jimmy Adams (41), Will Smith (41) and Adam Wheater (81 not out) then all made key contributions but Vince led the way, launching 23 fours and one six in his 184-ball knock that left his team at 417 for nine at stumps.

Vince, however, was characteristically modest as he deflected praise on to his team-mates.

He said: ‘It was good to finish them off quickly in the morning and then to score 417 in less than a day was a great effort from everyone.

‘I felt okay. But it was nice to get a score early in the season and I felt better the more time I was at the crease.

‘Wheats played brilliantly with me. As the bowlers got tired and the ball got older, it got a lot easier.

‘The boundaries are small and it’s a quick outfield so once you are in, it’s a nice place to bat.’

It was the partnership between Vince and Wheater that changed the complexion of the game as they came together with Hampshire wobbling at 213 for six.

But the pair then put on 155 runs in just 28 overs in a club record seventh-wicket stand against Gloucestershire as they fired the innings along at more than five runs per over.

And Vince is now hopeful Wheater can reach three figures before the bowlers attempt to show good form again.

Vince said: ‘If we bowl as we did in the first innings, we should be in a strong position at the end of day three.’