Adams Breaks Through But Hampshire Cruising

Featured News | 19th August 2009

Batsman Michael Carberry laid solid foundations for Hampshire as Nottinghamshire’s bowlers felt the heat in a frustrating opening day for the home side.

Carberry was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the hand by an Andre Adams delivery but his 86 in an opening stand of 146 with Jimmy Adams helped Hampshire to 345-3 at the close.

Jimmy Adams played on to Andre Adams having struck 10 fours in his 55 but the day belonged to Michael Lumb who will resume unbeaten on 103.

A green wicket offered no help to the seam attack with Darren Pattinson targeted by the Hampshire batsman (0-88 from 14 overs) whilst Mark Ealham was economical but couldn’t make a breakthrough (0-32 from 15 overs).

Andre Adams had the most joy, taking his second wicket when Dawson was adjudged lbw shortly after Adams had dropped him at second slip as Charlie Shreck found an edge with the new ball.

Dawson had taken Hampshire past 300 with three successive boundaries off Darren Pattinson and Scott Newman produced a diving catch at midwicket off Samit Pael’s bowling to dismiss James Vince.

“We didn’t expect the wicket to do too much but it’s slow and I expect it to stay that way throughout whereas we’ve been used to pitches that generally begin helpful and get flatter,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Mick Newell.

“It was difficult for our bowlers today but we need to set small targets to make progress in the game and the first one is to take six wickets in time to get the bonus points.

“Hampshire played well and Michael Carberry looked in particularly good form and it’s bad luck on his part that he won’t be able to take any further part in the game.”

Adam Voges withdrew from the squad after suffering an ankle injury in training on Tuesday prompting a recall for Bilal Shafayat who will bat at number five.

“We’ll miss Adam because he’s away with Australia next week as well but it’s a chance for Bilal to stake a claim,” said Newell.

“He’ll bat at number five which is a position he’s more comfortable with and he’ll be keen to make the most of it.”

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Charlie Shreck endured as challenging day for the Notts seamers

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