Vince helps Hampshire recover at Lord’s

James Vince’s half-century helped Hampshire recover after their top four batsmen fell for a combined 20 runs
LV= County Championship Group Two, Lord’s, London (day two):
Middlesex 172: Gubbins 51, Cullen 27; Abbott 6-44
Hampshire 131-7: Vince 62, Barker 23*; Bamber 3-43
Hampshire (3 pts) trail Middlesex (2 pts) by 41 runs

Hampshire skipper James Vince’s 62 helped his side recover from a poor start to their innings at Middlesex.

Nick Gubbins (51) top scored for the hosts, who had ended a rain-affected first day on 90-4, as they posted 172 all out at Lord’s.

Hampshire paceman Kyle Abbott ended with figures of 6-44 and Mohammad Abbas chipped in with 3-46.

The visitors slumped to 9-3 in reply but Vince’s half-century helped them to 131-7 at the close, 41 behind.

Teenager Blake Cullen ended Vince’s resistance with a peach of a ball just before stumps that got through his defences.

Earlier Middlesex had slipped from 90-4 to 100-7 but Gubbins’ dogged half-century and Cullen’s 27 saw them recover slightly.

Hampshire also lost quick wickets at the start of their innings when Ethan Bamber (3-41) clean bowled Ian Holland for nought and then took the wicket of fellow opener Joe Weatherley for three.

It got worse when Tim Murtagh (2-16) trapped Tom Alsop in the next over to leave the visitors, who had been dismissed for 79 and 93 in the first innings of their past two matches, on 9-3.

Vince kept his head for a 101-ball half-century and Keith Barker ended the day unbeaten on 23 to leave the game in the balance.


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