Published: 27th April, 2014
Hampshire enjoyed the better of a rain curtailed opening day at the Ageas Bowl. Just 43 overs of play were possible as Jimmy Adams (56*) guided the hosts to 153-2 at stumps with Tom Curran and Stuart Meaker each taking a wicket.
After the whole of the morning session was lost to rain play finally got underway at 3 o’clock after sterling work from the groundstaff. Surrey won the toss and decided to bowl first as Curran came back into the starting XI with the Surrey team including eight players who have come through the Academy system.
Adams and Michael Carberry started solidly for the hosts as Surrey looked to use the new ball profitably. Both Hampshire batsmen looked in good form as the bowlers searched for the right length on a slow pitch.
Carberry was particularly severe on anything short of a length upper cutting Curran for six and also pulling Matthew Dunn flat over square leg for six more as Hampshire moved past fifty with no great alarms.
Curran settled into a excellent line and length from the Pavilion End and got his reward when he found Carberry’s outside edge on 35 and Graeme Smith took a fine low catch at first slip. Adams continued to play in a disciplined fashion as he was joined by Liam Dawson and Surrey settled into a tighter line to the Hampshire batsmen.
Adams played effectively particularly off his legs and Dawson played a couple of handsome shots as the hosts moved to the tea break with the scoreboard reading 96-1. After the interval Meaker switched to the Pavilion End and it paid dividends as he trapped Dawson LBW for 19 to leave Hampshire 104-2.
Adams was joined by James Vince and they moved the hosts onto 112-2 when a rain shower arrived forcing the players back into the Pavilion for twenty minutes. After the break Vince played forcefully off the front foot and Adams moved to an accomplished fifty from 121 deliveries.
The final delivery of the day saw Adams edge Meaker to the third man boundary as Hampshire closed on 153-2. Surrey will return to the Ageas Bowl in the morning knowing quick wickets will be the order of the day although the weather forecast does not look promising once again.