Hampshire v Glamorgan, Ageas Bowl, 4th day May 14, 2014

Vince steers Hampshire top of Division Two

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Hampshire 345 (Carberry 66, Dawson 64, Allenby 4-67, Wagg 4-105) and 68 for 4 (Vince 29*, Smith 3-38) beat Glamorgan 224 (Wallace 67*, Ervine 3-36) and 187 (Bragg 74, Tomlinson 3-40, Abbott 3-43) by six wickets

James Vince eased Hampshire's nerves with a careful innings to steer them past a target of 67 against Glamorgan and send them top of the Division Two table.

Hampshire were given a straightforward chase but lost three wickets to the new ball, leaving Vince - surely in the form of his career so far - to play a careful innings and wrap up the win before lunch.

Glamorgan came into the final day with a lead of 64 but could only add two runs to that before James Tomlinson wrapped up their second-innings by removing Tom Helm. That left Hampshire a simple enough task and, while four wickets fell as they struggled with the new ball, an unbeaten 29 from James Vince steered them home.

Hampshire needed just 16 balls to end the Glamorgan innings as Tomlinson got Helm to edge to slip where Liam Dawson took a smart catch.

A target of 67 was never likely to cause the home side too many problems but captain Jimmy Adams was gone for a duck off the fourth ball of the innings as he was bowled by Ruaidhri Smith.

Opening partner Michael Carberry, who was named to the England limited-overs squad on Tuesday, was next to go for 14 as Stewart Walters took a fine diving catch in the slips off Smith, who took career-best figures of 3 for 38; his third wicket two balls later when he trapped Dawson lbw and reduced Hampshire to 27 for 3.

Glamorgan opener Gareth Rees then claimed his first wicket in any format as Walters caught Will Smith at mid-on as he was trying to hit over the top but Hampshire now needed just 11 runs to win.

And they had them in the next over as Vince finished the game off with back-to-back fours through extra cover to keep his average above 100 for the season and hand Hampshire their first home win of the campaign.

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  • Paulo on May 16, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @Landl47 I agree he shouldn't displace Bopara, who has arguably been our best white-ball bowler. I doubt Vince is ready to bowl internationally

  • John on May 15, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    @CodandChips: I hope England keeps him away from T20Is, I don't see them helping his development. ODIs might be a different matter, but he needs to be able to bowl well enough to displace someone like Bopara, on whom England rely for 5/6 overs as the 5th or 6th bowler. With Cook, Bell, Morgan, Carberry and/or Ballance (plus of course the W/K) all being non-bowlers and Root not usually up for 10 overs, England can't afford another specialist batsman.

    I know he does bowl, but well enough to send down, say, 5 overs in international cricket? I like him more as a test player- and I'd like him even better if he was a #3, where England has no natural successor to Trott.

  • Paulo on May 15, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @Landl47 I reckon Vince should get a go in the white-ball sides. He scores quickly while batting properly, and doesn't seem to give his wicket away or inhibit the run rate, therefore would decrease our current overreliance on our finishers.

  • John on May 15, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Another 90 runs for once out from Vince, whose FC average stands at 40 and is rising quickly. He turned 23 last month and seems to be getting better all the time. He's also an attractive bat to watch, with something of Michael Vaughan about him.

    You have to wonder how long it will be till sheer weight of runs takes him into the England side.

  • Paulo on May 14, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    We may be top but haven't looked like winning matches and I don't feel confident. Picking only 3 front-line bowlers is a risk, especially when one of them is Coles. At least the Ageas Bowl wasn't a complete road this match. Without Carberry though the batting is weak. Especially with Gatting and Smith not contributing.

    I don't feel at all confident in T20. Mckenzie has gone. Mascarenhas has gone. Wood is injured. Carberry will be gone. Maxwell won't join for a while. Adams is no longer the best white-ball opener in the country. It will be very tough indeed.

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