Frustrating trip to Leicestershire for Royals

Jimmy Adams batting his way to 50. Picture: Mike Sewell
Jimmy Adams batting his way to 50. Picture: Mike Sewell

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HAMPSHIRE’S CB40 frustration continued as the Royals’ clash at Leicestershire was washed out with just 14 overs played.

After winning the toss, choosing to bat and enduring several rain breaks, Hampshire eventually made their way to 89 for one off 14 overs.

But the day petered out in much the same way as the Royals’ CB40 campaign has this summer.

With just one win from the opening five matches of the competition, Hampshire opted to field a young side, including Hamza Riazuddin, who earned his first start of the season.

Michael Carberry also made his 2011 CB40 bow, while Johann Myburgh missed out with a hamstring injury and Neil McKenzie and Danny Briggs were rested.

After a short delay, openers Jimmy Adams and James Vince got the visitors off to a positive start.

Adams – dropped at mid-wicket on three by Alex Wyatt – struck his side’s first boundary in the fourth over and showed his intention to step up the pace in the sixth, hammering three more to the fence before the rains returned at 32 for no wicket.

Adams was unfazed by the stoppage, smashing the remaining ball of Wayne White’s over for four upon the game’s resumption.

Moments later, Vince had a reprieve of his own when a full-blooded drive was dropped at cover by Jacques du Toit.

The pair made the most of their good fortune and brought up the Hampshire 50 in the ninth over, seconds before rain forced the sides off again.

After almost three hours with their feet up, the players returned for another attempt.

The Hampshire openers added another 29 in quick time until Vince holed out to Andrew McDonald at mid-wicket off the bowling of Jigar Naik in the 13th over.

Adams had time to bring up his half-century in the next over – off 41 balls and including six fours – before frustratingly the players departed again.

After some rapid recalculations, the hosts were set a target of 120 off 14 overs but never made it out to the middle as the weather prematurely ended the day’s play.

The Royals will be hoping for better luck tomorrow when they host Durham at the Rose Bowl in another CB40 encounter.