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Hampshire Fall Just Short of Victory in Exciting Finish

Jun 8 2013


Hampshire finished two wickets off the victory

Hampshire v Kent
LV= County Championship
Wed 5 – Sat 8 June 2013
The Ageas Bowl

Summary: Hampshire drew with Kent
Hampshire: 455 all-out & 207-3 dec
Kent: 321-7 dec & 296-8.
Concurrent Table

A nail-biting finish at The Ageas Bowl ended in Hampshire drawing with Kent in their LV= County Championship match at The Ageas Bowl.

After powering to a 340 lead, Hampshire set Kent 342 runs to win and then took four wickets before lunch to give the hosts a sniff of victory.

But 96 from Kent batsman Darren Stevens frustrated Hampshire and they eventually finished two wickets off securing the win with Kent 292-8 at stumps. 

 With Kent batsmen Rob Key (0-47) and Sam Northeast (0-61) opening the bowling on day four, it was quickly apparent that an agreement had been struck overnight from the two captains to attempt to create a match result . And Hampshire batsmen Liam Dawson (87*) and James Vince (79) took advantage of the situation, both surpassing their fifties with ease as the home side declared on 207-3, setting Kent 342 to win.

The second declaration of the match set-up a potentially exciting final day, and the last hour before lunch didn’t disappoint. Key and Northeast put on over a hundred for the opening wicket in the first innings, but the pair failed to match that at the second attempt with David Balcombe (2-35) dismissing the pair in quick succession. And when James Tomlinson (1-50) and Davd Griffiths (1-64) grabbed their first wicket of the innings before lunch, Hampshire looked in the ascendancy at 62-4.    

However, Hampshire knew as long as Stevens (96) was at the crease the visitors still had a chance. And the Kent veteran put on 144 for the fifth wicket alongside Daniel Bell-Drummond (66) to stop the home side in their tracks.

Just as it looked like victory was slipping away, Sean Ervine (1-11) took the wicket of Stevens before Danny Briggs (2-62) dismissed Bell-Drummond and captain Geraint Jones to give Hampshire hope.

But those hopes of repeating Hampshire’s heroic late victory over Kent in 2010 were dashed as Calum Haggett (32*) and Andrew Riley (21*) saw the match through for a draw.

Hampshire take eight points from the match whilst Kent leave The Ageas Bowl with seven points of their own. 

Words: Jamie Hopkins


Summary: Hampshire lead Kent by 232 runs
with seven wickets remaining in the second innings

Hampshire: 455 all-out & 98-3
Kent: 321-7 dec

A tactical declaration from Kent captain Geraint Jones on a rain-affected third day of Hampshire’s LV= County Championship match at The Ageas Bowl means all three results are still possible going into the final day.

A partnership of 102 between Darren Stevens (60) and Ben Harmison (63) had helped Kent prevent the follow-on and seemingly steer the match into an inevitable draw after there was no play in the morning session because of rain.

However after Kent declared on 321-7 and took three Hampshire wickets, Liam Dawson (35*) and James Vince (23*) led the home side to 98-3 at stumps, a lead of 232 runs. 

With two days of glorious sunshine, Hampshire were optimistic of enduring the rare feat of a four-day match unaffected by the weather. But those hopes were quickly dashed on day three with unexpected rainfall preventing any play in the morning session.But Hampshire soon made up for lost time when James Tomlinson (1-72) dismissed Brendan Nash within the first six overs of the day to leave Kent’s target of 306 to avoid the follow-on a long way off.

However, a fluent sixth-wicket stand between Harmison and Stevens halted Hampshire’s progress. Veteran Stevens in particular not wasting any time in reducing the first innings deficit bringing up his fifty in just 44 balls.Despite both departing either side of tea, the match looked to be heading one direction. But a welcome decision by Kent captain Geraint Jones brought the game into life.

Still trailing Hampshire by 134 runs, the visitors declared in the hope of creating a result from a match that looked destined to be a draw. Dialogue in the middle between Jones and Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams suggested the home side welcomed the decision that was absent from their recent rain-affected draws against Northamptonshire and Lancashire.

So it was ironic that the decision Hampshire were craving for in their last two matches looked to be their downfall when Adams (0) and Michael Carberry (8) were both caught behind in quick succession to leave the home side 12-2. And Hampshire were in an even more precarious position when Neil Mckenzie (27) played on soon after, but Dawson and Vince saw Hampshire through to stumps on 98-3 - a lead of 232 runs at the end of day three.

Words: Jamie Hopkins


Summary: Kent trail Hampshire by 301 runs
with six wickets remaining in the first innings
Hampshire: 455 all-out
Kent: 149-4

Four wickets in the last hour of play helped Hampshire reaffirm their dominance on day two of their LV= County Championship match against Kent at The Ageas Bowl.

Career-best figures of 7-150 from Kent off-spinner Adam Riley had helped dismiss Hampshire for 455 after a partnership of 189 from Neil McKenzie (146) and Sean Ervine (86) had set the foundations for the hosts to surpass 500.

But an opening stand of 106 from Sam Northeast (59) and Rob Key (47) steered Kent’s reply into a healthy position before two wickets from David Griffiths (2-34) and one each from Ervine (1-24) and Danny Briggs (1-19) turned the game back into Hampshire’s favour with Kent 149-4 at stumps. 

15 runs short of his century overnight, you would excuse McKenzie for taking his time to reach his 49th First-Class hundred. But in fact the 37-year old did just the opposite, reaching it in 153 balls (15 fours) inside 20 minutes of the morning session.

It was the partnership of the McKenzie and Ervine who swung the game into Hampshire’s favour on day one, and the pair continued in the same vein on day two with McKenzie moving to his second best ever score for Hampshire. Riley’s fourth wicket of the match to dismiss McKenzie ended the partnership which was worth 189 runs, but the damage had already been done with the home side 391-5 at Lunch.


But just as it looked like the match was moving out of Kent’s reach, the bright spark for the visitors struck again. Off-spinner Riley was yet to take a First-Class wicket for Kent this season before this match, but he had five to his name by the middle of day two after dismissing Adam Wheater (21) early in the afternoon session.

Unfortunately for Ervine, after playing such an assured innings to surpass his highest score this season he fell to Darren Stevens (2-72) soon after Wheater went.  And from what looked to be Hampshire pushing towards 500 quickly turned into a tail end collapse with Riley taking two of the final three wickets to finish with career best figures of 7-150 as the hosts were dismissed for 455.

Relatively out of form, you can imagine Northeast was relieved to see The Ageas Bowl – the location of his last LV=CC hundred as the destination of his next innings. And he begun Kent’s reply fluently alongside Key as the pair put on 106 for the first wicket.

But a flurry of wickets from Hampshire in the last hour of play swung the match back into their favour. After Northeast and Key were dismissed in consecutive overs, Griffiths then comprehensively bowled Daniel Bell-Drummond before nightwatchman Riley fell to Briggs to leave the visitors 149-4 at stumps.

Words: Jamie Hopkins


Summary: Hampshire lead Kent by 256 runs with
six wickets remaining in the first innings

Hampshire: 265-4

South-African batsman Neil McKenzie hit an unbeaten 85 in his first innings for Hampshire this season on day one of the LV= County Championship match against Kent at The Ageas Bowl.

Michael Carberry had earlier passed 8000 LV=CC runs alongside Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams’ knock of 65 to help set the foundations as the hosts took control of the first day.

Off-spinner Adam Riley then threatened to swing the game into the visitors favour with three wickets in the afternoon session, but a partnership of 82 from Mckenzie and Sean Ervine led Hampshire to 265-4 at stumps.

With 632 runs scored in the last match at The Ageas Bowl on Sunday, it was a straight forward choice for Hampshire captain Adams (65) to elect to bat first after winning the toss. And it was a decision that seemed to be justified with Adams, and fellow opener Carberry (33) pushing Hampshire to 80-0 at the end of the first session.

Despite looking like favourable batting conditions to the naked eye, the Kent seamers were making the ball move off the pitch at regular intervals. And the visitors were rewarded for their efforts on the first ball after lunch when Carberry edged a Darren Stevens (1-43) delivery to second slip.

Spinner Adam Riley (3-59) was only in Kent’s team because of James Tredwell’s England call-up, but yet he was quickly turning into the most dangerous outlet for the visitors in the afternoon session. After first trapping Adams lbw soon after the Hampshire skipper passed his half-century (112 balls, 8 fours), Riley then dismissed Liam Dawson (36) in the same manner before seeing James Vince (10) edge to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones to cap off an excellent session for the visiting team.

Perhaps most frustrating for Hampshire was that their batsmen were getting themselves in before losing their wicket. And for the home side to set Kent an imposing total, Hampshire needed an experienced head to anchor the innings. Up step Neil Mckenzie.

After reaching his half-century in 76 balls, an excellent partnership of 82 between him and Ervine helped Hampshire control the evening session and move the hosts into a strong position on 265-4 at stumps.


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For all the stats on these two teams’ history against each other, as well as all the news from our Members’ Commiittee, please read Issue 42 of The Round-Up, which will be issued in-ground on all four days of play.

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