July 18, 2003

Hampshire win after followon on, first since 1922

In 1922 Hampshire defeated Warwickshire in the county Championship at Edgbaston after having been bowled out for 15, and asked to follow on. In fact the two captains had organised a game of golf the 3rd day. Although todays victory over Glamorgan did not emulate those heights, it was the first time since that 1922 fixture that Hampshire asked to follow their innings went on to an amazing victory.

The seeds of doubt were sown in the Glamorgan camp the evening before, at 33-3 John Derrick their coach decided that the evening planned for a team dinner had to be cancelled.

Two young men stepped up for Hampshire. Chris Tremlett already tried and trusted although prone to injury, playing his comeback match after split shins shone the brightest. Although there was cloud about to assist the seamers, Tremlett's extra strength and bounce made the batsmen struggle, but it was James Bruce the other trojan of the day that made the early breakthrough when a quicker ball decieved the dangerous Michael Powell and he was well caught by substitute wicket-keeper Iain Brunnschweiler.

Matthew Maynard who many of the Welsh supporters looked to to bring this game back managed to survive for 22 balls, before he was trapped by Tremlett for just 3. Dean Cosker the night-watchman then became Bruce's third victim with a palpable lbw. Harrison, Croft and Dale all went to Tremlett giving the tall bowler a career best haul, before Dimitri Mascarenhas finished the match when he had Kasprowicz caught superbly in the slips by Simon Katich.

Dale who was diagnosed with a broken rib bravely came out.

History was made, but perhaps for the season remaining it could be a turning point.

One down point of the match was that Nic Pothas has become the third player to sustain a hamstring injury, and is likely to be out for up to three weeks.