Hampshire Frustrated By Rain Again At Uxbridge

Fidel Edwards took two wickets as Middlesex were restricted to 76-3 before the bad weather halted their County Championship clash again at Uxbridge

Fidel Edwards took two wickets as Hampshire performed with the ball in a rain-affected second day of their County Championship tie with Middlesex at Uxbridge.

Edwards (2-32) impressed in bowler-friendly conditions, picking up the key wickets of Nick Compton (16) and Steve Eskinazi (13).

Ian Holland (1-9) claimed the other Hampshire wicket, with Sam Robson (28) edging to the slips but a sharp rain shower during the afternoon session meant just 30.2 overs were possible on day two.

Hampshire were dealt a blow before play got underway, with stand-in captain James Vince suffering a hamstring injury in the warm-ups, meaning that Jimmy Adams took on the role of stand-in skipper.

This meant a debut for 18-year-old batsman Felix Organ, who had scored a century whilst playing in the Second XI’s in their friendly with Glamorgan at The Ageas Bowl.

After an uncontested toss, Hampshire elected to bowl first, and the visitors began positively estricting Middlesex to 21-0 after the opening ten overs.

The breakthrough came with Middlesex on 40-1, Edwards re-arranging the stumps of Compton with a beautiful delivery in the fifth over of his spell.

Holland changed ends and soon reaped the rewards in just his second over by finding the outside edge of Robson, who was brilliantly caught in the slips by Adams to leave the hosts on 58-2.

It was soon 62-3 after another superb catch behind the stumps, Tom Alsop diving and holding on brilliantly to dismiss Eskinazi handing Edwards his second scalp in 15 deliveries.

Two brief rain showers temporarily halted proceedings, with Adam Voges (6*) and Max Holden (1*) guiding the hosts to 71-3 at the interval.

Light drizzle returned just three overs after lunch as the players went off for another rain delay, with the umpires being extra cautious given the condition that the pitch was left in after the opening day.

A heavy shower followed and soon after the outfield was deemed too wet for any further play.

Hampshire will be searching for more wickets after picking up their first bonus point when day three begins tomorrow morning at 10:30am.

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