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Captain Adams gives Hampshire command

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Watch highlights from the Ageas Bowl where Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams put Worcestershire to the sword with 151 not out

Jimmy Adams led from the front with an unbeaten 151 as Hampshire's batsmen dominated the opening day against Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Hants got off to an excellent start and went on to reach 367 for six on the back of their captain's fine effort.

Michael Carberry ably assisted Adams at the top of the order, the duo taking advantage of some wayward and inconsistent Worcestershire bowling.

Former England opener Carberry was particularly fluent, hooking and driving powerfully as he raced to his half-century from just 64 deliveries.

The first-wicket pair took their partnership into three figures as early as the 23rd over, their second fifty coming at better than a-run-a-ball as Worcestershire's quicks continued to toil.

Jimmy Adams

Jimmy Adams' 151 not out put Hampshire in a dominant position in their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Worcestershire

It took a change of bowling - and a change of pace - to remove Carberry, off-spinner Moeen Ali striking with his fourth ball to leave Hants 127 for one at lunch.

Chris Russell removed Liam Dawson for 26 before Moeen struck again; George Bailey, left out of Australia's Ashes squad overnight, was caught at slip following a loose slash outside off stump.

That left Hampshire 197 for three, but brought the home side's most in-form batsman, James Vince, to the crease alongside Adams.

The pair batted with great composure, Adams progressing ever more serenely to his ton while Vince - on a run of three consecutive first-class hundreds going into this match - looked ominously fluent.

On the stroke of tea, the skipper reached three figures from 194 balls and ensured Hants went to tea in total control.

After the break, Vince progressed to his half-century with some crunching drives only to throw his wicket away soon after, mis-timing a pre-meditated slog at Moeen to Alan Richardson at mid-on.

Sean Ervine added 40 in seven overs with the increasingly attacking Adams before being undone by a superb delivery from Russell, which nipped away and clipped the top of off.

Hants progressed past 350 before they lost their sixth wicket, wicketkeeper Adam Wheater falling lbw to the hard-working Richardson for 15.

Adams reached 150 from 282 balls shortly before the close, ensuring Hampshire remained in the box seat.

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