Fixture Type: LV= CC 2
Venue: Ageas Bowl
Fixture Date: Wednesday 24 April – Sunday 28 April
Start Time: 11:00am
Results: Lost by an innings and 42 runs
It was a tough opening day for Worcestershire at The Ageas Bowl as Hampshire, at stumps, were on 367-6.
There was one change from the previous match against Glamorgan, with Richard Jones coming in for David Lucas.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat first and despite the overcast conditions during the morning session the Hampshire opening pair of Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams dominated proceedings as they put on 113 inside 26 overs before the breakthrough came when Carberry was lbw to Moeen Ali for 62 off 74 balls, with 11 fours.
At lunch the home side were 127-1 off 30 overs and then a further 41 runs were added before Chris Russell took the second wicket when Liam Dawson (26) was caught at point by Neil Pinner. Ali got his second wicket when George Bailey (11) was caught at slip by Daryl Mitchell, with the score on 197-3, but Adams looked in total control as he reached his century off 194 balls, with 12 fours, in the penultimate over before tea, which was taken with Hampshire on 246-3 off 64 overs.
After tea James Vince brought up his fifty but he then departed for 52 off 79 balls, with 6 fours, when he was caught by Alan Richardson at mid-on off Ali (3-77 off 21 overs), with the score on 279-4. Two more wickets fell before the close as Sean Ervine (18) was bowled by Russell (2-79 off 16 overs) and Adam Wheater (15) was trapped lbw off Richardson (1-45 off 25 overs) but Adams batted throughout the day as his unbeaten knock of 151 off 287 balls, with 19 fours, took Hampshire into a commanding position after day one, with the home side on 367-6 off 96 overs.
Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes spoke to BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley after the first day's play. Please click here to listen to the interview.
Worcestershire endured another difficult day at The Ageas Bowl as they ended the second day, in reply to Hampshire's 500-9 declared, on 159-5, trailing by 341 runs.
Starting the day on 367-6 Hampshire continued to dominate as Jimmy Adams and Chris Wood took the score to 447 when Wood (41) was caught by Tilan Samaraweera at mid-on off Daryl Mitchell. One run later Richard Jones bowled a yorker to dismiss David Balcombe (0) but Adams eventually went to his 200 off 357 balls, with 26 fours, before lunch, with the home side on 473-8.
After lunch Moeen Ali took his fourth wicket when Danny Briggs (25) was bowled and then the declaration came at 500-9 off 132 overs, with Adams unbeaten on 219 off 382 balls, with 29 fours. Ali finished with figures of 4-103 off 28 overs, with the other wickets taken by Chris Russell (2-111 off 23 overs), Mitchell (1-22 off 7 overs), Alan Richardson (1-66 off 30 overs) and Jones (1-78 off 15 overs).
Worcestershire's opening pair of Mitchell and Matt Pardoe saw through the first 12 overs but the first wicket fell before tea, with the score on 40, when Mitchell (18) edged Balcombe to Liam Dawson at second slip. Pardoe and Ali took the score to 53-1 off 26 overs at tea and then in the evening session 11 further runs were added until Pardoe (29) was out when he chipped straight to James Vince at mid-on off James Tomlinson.
Samaraweera was the third wicket to fall for 11 when he edged to Sean Ervine in the slips off Wood and when Alexei Kervezee also departed for 11, when he was caught at gully by Briggs off Balcombe, the visitors were 123-4, trailing by 377 runs.
Ali reached his third 50 of the season with his eighth four, coming off 92 balls, but on 55, off 111 balls, he was caught at second slip by Dawson off Tomlinson, with the score on 143-5 off 50 overs. Neil Pinner (17*) and Michael Johnson (9*) then survived the remaining eight overs as Worcestershire ended the day on 159-5, still needing a further 192 runs to avoid the follow-on.
Bowling coach Matt Mason spoke to BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley after the second day's play. Please click here to listen to the interview.
Worcestershire look to be heading for defeat at The Ageas Bowl as they ended the third day, following on, on 153-5, trailing Hampshire by 141 runs.
The visitors began the day on 143-5, in their first innings, and after adding a further 30 runs Neil Pinner (29) was the first casualty of the day when he was trapped lbw off James Tomlinson. 6 runs later Michael Johnson (19) had his off stump uprooted by Sean Ervine and when Gareth Andrew (5) fell lbw to Danny Briggs in the next over Worcestershire were in disarray at 189-8, trailing by 311 runs.
Richard Jones and Chris Russell (5*) then took the visitors to 200 and a batting bonus point but inevitably the innings was soon over as both Jones (7) and Alan Richardson (2) were dismissed to leave Worcestershire all out for 206 off 79.1 overs.
Hampshire enforced the follow-on, with Worcestershire trailing by 294 runs, and Daryl Mitchell and Matt Pardoe survived until lunch, with the visitors on 5-0.
In the afternoon session the score went along to 19 before Pardoe (6) was caught behind by Adam Wheater off Chris Wood. Moeen Ali (16) struck three fours before he was lbw to Tomlinson, with the score on 46-2, and then Mitchell and Tilan Samaraweera added 34 runs before tea, with the visitors on 80-2 off 40 overs.
After tea Mitchell went to his 50 off 153 balls, with 5 fours, as the third wicket partnership reached 77 until Samaraweera (27) was bowled by Briggs. Alexei Kervezee (5) fell in the same way to James Vince in the next over and when Pinner (3) was lbw to Liam Dawson Worcestershire were 143-5, trailing by 151 runs.
Then 10 more runs were added before stumps as Mitchell's stubborn innings of 71 not out off 210 balls, with 5 fours, ensured that the match would go into the fourth and final day.
Worcestershire were comprehensively beaten before lunch on the final day by an innings and 42 runs against Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl.
The day began, with the visitors on 153-5, and Daryl Mitchell and Michael Johnson batted positively, before the new ball was taken, as they put on 69 for the sixth wicket before Mitchell was trapped lbw off Chris Wood for 92 off 249 balls, with 8 fours.
Then Johnson was also out lbw off David Balcombe for 44, with the score on 226-7, and then the innings quickly subsided as the last three wickets fell for just 4 runs, with the victims being Gareth Andrew (28), Richard Jones (4) and Chris Russell (0), and Worcestershire were all out for 252 off 98.3 overs.
Their second successive defeat leaves Worcestershire in 8th place in Division Two of the LV= County Championship with 12 points.
Worcestershire Team: Daryl Mitchell*, Matt Pardoe, Moeen Ali, Tilan Samaraweera, Alexei Kervezee, Neil Pinner, Michael Johnson+, Gareth Andrew, Richard Jones, Chris Russell, Alan Richardson
HAMPSHIRE (500-9d) BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE (206 & 252) BY AN INNINGS & 42 RUNS