Adams leads Hampshire recovery

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Jimmy Adams came to Hampshire's rescue with a gutsy 74 not out as his side were reduced to 165 for eight before rain ended the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match with Gloucestershire at Bristol.

At one point the visitors were 97 for eight, but Danny Briggs joined skipper Adams in a fighting ninth-wicket stand, which was unbroken when play finished.

By then opener Adams had faced 155 balls and hit eight fours, having won the toss.

Will Gidman claimed 2-14 from nine overs before going off with an ankle problem, while Craig Miles and Jack Taylor helped Gloucestershire take control with 3-44 and 2-20 respectively.

The light became progressively poorer during the afternoon and the rain, which had been threatening, finally sent the players off at 3:26pm.

Jimmy Adams

Jimmy Adams digs his Hampshire side out of trouble as they recovered from 97 for eight to 165 without further loss on day one at Bristol

Hampshire's problems had begun in the ninth over of an overcast morning when Michael Roberts, making his championship debut, was caught behind for nine fending at Gidman.

Liam Dawson had failed to score when well caught at third slip by the diving Michael Klinger off Gidman and it was 34 for three when George Bailey, on 13, was bowled by Miles with a delivery that kept a bit low.

The lanky Miles then pinned James Vince leg before for nine, stuck on the crease, and picked up his third wicket when Sean Ervine mishit a comfortable catch to Dan Housego at point.

Adams watched aghast from the other end as wickets continued to tumble. Adam Wheater threw it away in the last over before lunch when missing a pull off a Taylor long-hop and falling lbw.

That made it 69 for six at lunch, and after the interval Chris Wood was taken at mid-on by Benny Howell off David Payne and the sorry procession was added to when David Balcombe fell leg before to Taylor trying to sweep.

Adams reached a painstaking half-century off 126 balls, with six fours, and celebrated with a cut boundary off Howell next delivery. He had adopted a commendably watchful approach, but gradually began to play his shots.

At last he found a reliable partner in Briggs, for whom the pitch appeared to hold few terrors as he made 25. Together they added 68 without alarm until the rain came to halt proceedings.

An early tea was taken, but the skies closed in and the umpires abandoned any prospect of further play at 5:10pm.

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