Frustrating day at Ageas Bowl

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Published: 28th April, 2014

Another rain curtailed day at the Ageas Bowl saw James Vince move to an unbeaten century in the morning session but no further play was possible after lunch as Hampshire closed on 289-3.

Play got underway on time and the hosts resumed on their overnight 153-2 with Jimmy Adams and Vince at the crease. Vince started his morning with a handsome drive to the cover boundary and Adams looked solid as Surrey strove for the breakthrough.

Vince looked in excellent touch off both front and back foot but he had a moment of luck when he was dropped at third slip by Jason Roy off Stuart Meaker on 44. The Hampshire batsmen settled at the crease and Vince moved to an accomplished fifty from 61 deliveries as the hosts registered a first batting point.

Vince dominated the scoring as the partnership moved past 100 forcing Graeme Smith to change tactics and introduce the left arm spin of Ansari into the attack. And with his second delivery Ansari had Adams caught by the captain at slip for 65 to leave Hampshire 224-3.

Despite the breakthrough the Surrey bowlers struggled to keep Vince quiet as he continued to find the boundary with regularity. And he moved to an excellent hundred with a single off Ansari with his century arriving from 102 deliveries and including 14 crisp boundaries.

At the other end Will Smith was busy at the crease as the 4th wicket partnership developed and the hosts moved to lunch with the scoreboard reading 289-3 with Vince unbeaten on 118 and Smith 23*. As the interval arrived so did the rain and after umpires Mark Benson and Russell Evans inspected the outfield at tea time it was decided that no further play was possible.

Surrey will return to the Ageas Bowl tomorrow knowing their first job is to dismiss Vince who will start the third day unbeaten and with license to play his shots..


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