Lancs overcome Adams resistance

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Lancashire sneaked home with two balls to spare despite Jimmy Adams batting for more than 10 and a half hours in making 194

Jimmy Adams hit a brilliant, defiant 194 but relegation-threatened Hampshire failed to stave off defeat in a thrilling LV= County Championship clash against Lancashire at Liverpool.

The 29-year-old left-hander faced 507 balls and batted for 10 hours and 35 minutes, making the hosts sweat on a win which looked a near certainty at the start of the final day.

Adams shared a last-wicket partnership of 88 in 43 overs with Danny Briggs, who made 15 not out off 97 balls, to help Hampshire amass 405 in their second innings and set Lancashire 168 to win in 33 overs after tea.

Adams’ innings was the longest this summer both in terms of time and balls faced, beating Mark Ramprakash's 564-minute 223 off 395 balls for Surrey against Middlesex in May.

Left-arm swing bowler James Tomlinson then took three quick wickets to reduce Lancashire to 17 for three in the sixth over of their chase.

But a 79-ball 51 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul took them to the brink of victory before Mark Chilton, batting at number nine, hit the winning runs off Dominic Cork with two balls and three wickets to spare.

Tom Smith recorded figures of 6-94 from 41 overs to clinch career-best match figures of 9-134 in 53 overs.

Hampshire resumed the day on 275 for five, leading by a mere 37.

Adams and Bates extended their sixth-wicket alliance to 60 before Smith bowled Michael Bates, for 31, Cork and Chris Wood to reduce Hampshire to 298 for eight.

Tomlinson offered a simple return catch to Sajid Mahmod via a leading edge before Adams farmed the strike from Briggs.

Their stand started 40 minutes before lunch and lasted two hours and 40 minutes until Adams, who hit 20 fours, edged Kyle Hogg behind. He had batted for 165 overs.

Tomlinson, who finished with 3-27, bowled Paul Horton off an inside edge, trapped Karl Brown lbw first ball and had Smith caught behind by Bates as Lancashire faltered early in their chase.

Steven Croft edged Cork behind to leave Lancashire wobbling on 44 for four before Gareth Cross helped Chanderpaul move things along.

When Cross was caught at mid-on by Cork off Wood, who claimed 3-32, for 26 off 18 balls, Lancashire had slipped to 84 for five in the 21st over.

But Mahmood, in the form of his life with the bat, joined Chanderpaul to put them within sight of victory, only to carve Wood to Adams at deep point with 38 needed off six overs.

Wood had Chanderpaul caught behind off the first ball of his next over, but Chilton struck 18 not out to complement Hogg’s unbeaten 17 and settle Lancashire nerves.

They took 22 points and Hampshire two from this contest. The visitors are third bottom with fellow relegation candidates Kent and Warwickshire still to play.

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