White calls on Hampshire to improve quickly

James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Giles White has called for a big improvement from Hampshire after a disappointing start to the key clash at Somerset.

After being asked to bat first, Hampshire were all out for 240 and then failed to take a wicket, with Somserset closing the day on 147 without loss.

Director of cricket White knows the team have to do better.

He said: ‘We lost our way after a good start, through a mixture of good Somerset bowling and poor shot selection.

‘Some of our batsmen got starts and were not ruthless enough to go on to big scores, which was disappointing.

‘Now we have to put day one behind us and come out fighting because there is a lot of cricket left in the game.’

Carberry and Adams put together an opening stand of 49 before the latter was out for seven.

The positive Carberry hit 11 fours in moving to 59 before aiming a loose cover drive at a wide ball from Jamie Overton.

Just before lunch Vince moved to a 66-ball half-century, with nine fours.

But the afternoon session belonged to Somerset.

Vince was out for 60 and Will Smith, Sean Ervine and Adam Wheater soon followed.

Ryan McLaren was caught behind for 18, before Gareth Berg, Mason Crane and Liam Dawson, who contributed a battling 48, were dismissed in the space of nine deliveries.

By the close, Somerset had replied with 147 for no wicket.

Marcus Trescothick finished unbeaten on 67 and Tom Abell on 70 not out.

It leaves Hampshire in a difficult position and they will need to take wickets early on day two to avoid a big deficit.