Vince ton inspires Hampshire
James Vince’s third century in the LV= County Championship set Hampshire on their way to a stunning 209-run victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
Vince made an eye-catching 145 as the Division One strugglers overcame a first-innings deficit of 109 and caused a major upset when Warwickshire were routed for 98 after being set a target of 308.
Five top-order batsmen, four of them left-handers, went for ducks as James Tomlinson and Chris Wood each took wickets in successive balls to finish with 4-13 and 3-36 respectively.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was a high-profile casualty when caught at gully off Tomlinson for nought - following his first-innings contribution of one on his championship debut for his new team.
Varun Chopra was the only genuine Warwickshire batsman not to be dismissed for a duck this afternoon but he lost his balance on 19 and Michael Bates completed a slick leg-side stumping off Tomlinson.
Chris Woakes finished unbeaten on 23 - he was top-scorer in both innings and also took 10-123 in the match - when Imran Tahir polished off the last two wickets.
The chaotic collapse, which has seriously damaged Warwickshire’s hope of challenging for the title, was in complete contrast to Hampshire’s progress to 416.
Vince batted with calm authority in hitting 24 fours from 166 balls. Hampshire have been nurturing him as a special prospect since his debut in 2009 at 18.
This match has seen the worst – when he was out hooking on the first day – and then the best of him as he gradually took the game away from Warwickshire.
If his confidence had suffered in a lean run since his previous fifty at Worcester - he failed to reach 20 in seven innings since June - it did not show when he began to find gaps in front of the wicket.
Already well set with 33 overnight, he started the third day by effortlessly dispatching two leg-stump half-volleys from Woakes to the boundary.
These were only warning shots for Warwickshire. Worse was to follow as Tomlinson outstayed his welcome - a stubborn nightwatchman largely untroubled by a frustratingly wayward attack.
An hour had gone before he fended Boyd Rankin to short-leg, but by then a partnership of 72 had redrawn the battle lines.
Hampshire were back in contention, leading by 114 and ready to press on when Sean Ervine’s punchy driving pushed Warwickshire on to the back foot during a stand of 119 in 27 overs.
The tide only turned with the second new ball. Ervine was lbw for 63, the first of two wickets in three deliveries for Woakes, and a hamstring injury to Rikki Clarke worked in Warwickshire’s favour when Rankin was brought into the attack.
The Irishman struck with successive balls, starting when Vince was caught behind pulling, but Wood smashed a valuable 32 before he was last man out.