Hampshire pay for slow start as Glamorgan take victory

Arron Monk. Picture: Neil MarshallArron Monk. Picture: Neil Marshall
Arron Monk. Picture: Neil Marshall
HAMPSHIRE struggled to get going on their return to the premier division as they suffered a 23-14 defeat away to Glamorgan.

A strong performance on the second day did not make up for a lack of points on the first day, as Hampshire made the worst possible start to the contest.

The ladies’ B side were beaten 6-0.

Then the men’s second-string lost 5-1 down with only Jamie Kelling able to muster any early resistance.

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James Nicholson pulled a set back for Hampshire but their hosts took the next three to move 8-2 up.

Arron Monk and Linton Hickman won the last two sets for Hampshire to end the men’s B game 8-4, giving Glamorgan a 14-4 lead going into the second day.

Glamorgan looked like continuing their winning ways as they took the opening clash in the ladies A match.

But Hampshire hit back to finally get some good positive form going with Jo Senior, Jane Monaghan, Nikki Stevens, Tara Power Gillet and Wendy Reinstadtler securing a 5-1 victory.

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Hampshire’s men’s first team knew they could only afford to lose two sets if they were to win the match.

They subsequently took a 5-2 lead with Mike Symes, Sam Rooney, James Nicholson, Gary Stafford and Luke Getty all securing victories.

The hosts took the eighth set to guarantee themselves at least a draw.

But Hampshire still had their eye on securing a share of the spoils with Charlie Jackson and Robin Hathaway keeping their hopes alive.

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However it was not to be with Glamorgan winning the last two clashes, meaning Hampshire won the men’s A match 7-5 but lost overall.

To add insult to injury, Hampshire were deducted two penalty points for breaching a rule on player registration.

They will certainly be looking for a better outcome in their next match.

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