Leicestershire v Hampshire, Grace Road, 2nd day September 18, 2013

Vince, Dawson give Hoggard tough farewell

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Hampshire 362 for 2 (Vince 145*, Dawson 136*) v Leicestershire

Liam Dawson and James Vince both hit unbeaten centuries as Hampshire took a stranglehold on their game against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Put into bat after the first day wash-out, Hampshire reached 362 for 2 with Vince making 145 not out and Dawson unbeaten on 136 at the close. The third-wicket pair shared a record partnership of 248 that put a big dent in Leicestershire's hopes of securing their first Championship win in their final game.

There looked to be plenty of grass on the wicket so it was no real surprise when acting captain, Niall O'Brien, decided to bowl first on winning the toss. It should have paid immediate dividends. Matthew Hoggard, given a guard of honour by his team-mates when he walked out to start the last match of his career having announced his retirement, saw a catch dropped in his first over.

He found the edge of Jimmy Adams' bat, only for Michael Thornely to put down a shoulder-high catch at slip. The day did not get any better for Hoggard or Leicestershire.

Adams and Sean Terry rode their luck in the first hour or so as the ball moved around in the helpful conditions. Both of them played and missed on several occasions before Adams finally nicked one off Ben Raine to give O'Brien a routine catch behind the stumps with the score on 50.

Terry continued to struggle at times, but was also quick to seize on anything off line as he and Dawson put together a useful second-wicket stand of 64. By the afternoon the batsmen were completely on top, and the runs began to flow at an ever increasing rate as the Leicestershire attack became more and more erratic.

Terry reached his 50 off 112 balls with eight fours, before being trapped lbw by a good delivery from Shiv Thakor for 57 with the score at 114.

That proved to be the home side's last success, with the rest of the day dominated by Dawson and Vince. Dawson reached his 50 off 79 balls with eight fours, and it was an indication of how much the bowlers had strayed down the leg side that only four of his runs came on the off-side.

Vince reached his 50 off 65 balls with 10 boundaries and at tea the third wicket pair had put on 110 runs in 24 overs, with Hampshire scoring 141 runs in the session.

There was no respite for Leicestershire after the interval, with both batsmen moving on to their centuries. Dawson reached his off 164 balls with 13 fours and Vince followed in the next over having faced 119 balls and hit 16 fours plus a six off left arm spinner James Sykes.

They were still together at the close having posted a record third wicket stand for Hampshire against Leicestershire. Vince was on 145 off 168 balls and Dawson on 136 off 228 balls.

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  • Brian on September 20, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    I don't think runs scored against Leics should actually be designated as First Class anymore.We're that bad.This season has seen us beaten by a University XI (comfortably too) & the Unicorns (basically old men & kids) We're an utter joke & the club needs cleaning out from top to bottom.We established ourselves as the worst team in England last season,were markedly worse by the middle of this one & then proceeded to amaze everyone by getting even worse! 6 defeats in a row before last week,4 by an innings including to GLAMORGAN,the 2nd worst team in the country.Guaranteed now to finish the season failing to make 3 figures in terms of Championship points & without a single win.Failed to take 20 wickets in a match all season.The litany of abject failure goes on.I accept that someone has to finish last,but to be a laughing stock is beyond unacceptable.Heads must roll...& quickly.

  • martin on September 19, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Leicestershire are absolutely woeful right now, can't buy a wicket, can't make runs. If the weather holds this looks like another innings defeat for them.

  • Ohhhh on September 18, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    3 tons in 3 games for Vince and an excellent List A and T20 season too. Just guaranteed himself a Lions tour place today. Well done Vincey!

  • John on September 18, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    This was Vince's 10th first-class century, his 3rd in his last 3 FC games and gave him 1000 runs for the season at an average of close to 60. He's still only 22 and must be becoming a serious contender for England recognition soon. Expect to see him in the Performance Squad in Australia this Winter.

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