Adams trumps superb Shafayat
Jimmy Adams’ first century of the season overshadowed a debut innings of 93 from Bilal Shafayat as Hampshire made the most of being put into bat by Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen in the LV= County Championship Division Two match at The Ageas Bowl.
After the first two days were washed out, play on the third began on time and Madsen had no hesitation in fielding first on a green-tinged wicket which looked as if might help the Derbyshire seam bowlers.
However, by the end of an uninterrupted day, Hampshire had showed there was nothing to fear from the pitch by making 352 for eight from 96 overs, with Adams hitting 122.
The captain had been forced to miss the previous two championship matches for personal reasons but made up for lost time with the 14th century of his first-class career.
Adams faced 216 balls and hit 17 fours before being run out by a direct hit from Madsen as the prelude to Hampshire falling away from a bright and productive start.
After losing opening partner Liam Dawson to a catch at second slip off Tony Palladino in the 13th over, Adams dominated the bowling with former Nottinghamshire batsman Shafayat.
The pair put on 164 runs in 39 overs for the second wicket as the unbeaten leaders began to regret fielding first.
Shafayat, who has been signed on a short-term contract and not played first-class cricket in England since July 2010, was in sight of his century when he chased a wide delivery from Jon Clare and wicketkeeper Tom Poynton took a tumbling catch to his right.
Shafayat hit 17 fours in his 119-ball innings and was clearly annoyed at the shot which led to his dismissal.
Left-arm spinner David Wainwright accounted for Simon Katich and James Vince and when Adams went, Hampshire were 279 for five.
Palladino returned to remove Shaun Terry and Clare got his second wicket of the day by bowling Michael Bates, but the Hampshire tail were in no mood to waste the sunshine.
Fit-again Kabir Ali and David Balcombe added a further 28 runs in the last 30 minutes to ensure the home side finished in a dominant position.
But, with only one day remaining, the chance of a positive result will depend on generous declarations as Derbyshire go in search of their third win of the season.