Vintage Vince prospers in Bristol
James Vince hit a sparkling 144 as Hampshire piled on the runs on day two of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
A disappointing morning for the home side saw five wickets tumble to leave Gloucestershire 304 all out in their first innings, and this was capitalised on by Hampshire who ended the day on 417 for nine in reply.
Vince, appointed Hampshire's vice-captain and Twenty20 skipper at the age of 23, toured Sri Lanka with the England Lions earlier this year and produced a batting display which exemplified why he has been tagged as 'one to watch' this season.
— Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) April 14, 2014
From a position of 98 for three, Vince guided Hampshire past Gloucestershire's total to a potentially winning position, sharing in useful partnerships of 111 with Will Smith and 155 with wicketkeeper Adam Wheater, who reached 81 not out by the close of play.
Vince, who has now 11 first-class tons to his name, eventually became Will Gidman's fourth victim, trapped lbw having batted for almost four hours.
Gloucestershire had begun the day at the seemingly strong position of 292 for five, only for their final five wickets to fall for just 12 runs as the Hampshire bowlers ran riot, Kyle Abbott the pick of them with figures of 5-67 and James Tomlinson snaring four victims.
Will Tavare was the last man out, caught at second slip off Abbott for 139, having added only four runs to his overnight score.
— Gloucestershire CCC (@Gloscricket) April 14, 2014
Openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams made a useful start for Hampshire, Carberry scoring 27 off 33 balls and Adams making 41, before both were caught behind by Cameron Herring off David Payne and Matt Taylor respectively.
Then came Vince and his heroics before Wheater picked up the baton and pushed up the scoring rate, making his 81 from 99 balls.