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Recent Match Report – Hampshire vs Warwickshire Division 1 2021

County Championship 2021 - Mohammad Abbas back at Hampshire for Championship run-in

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Warks resistance ends quickly after Rob Yates falls on final morning

Hampshire 89 (Rhodes 5-23) and 322 (Barker 75, Norwell 4-72) beat Warwickshire 116 (Abbas 5-29, Norwell 5-43) and 235 (Yates 77, Dawson 3-42) by 60 runs

Three days after being dismissed for 89, Hampshire pulled off a notable victory when they overcame Warwickshire’s steadfast batting resistance by 60 runs on another stifling day at Edgbaston. Warwickshire extended their safety-first attempts to chase 296 into a second day, but they never found the match-winning innings they needed and when the end came, it came quickly.

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There is minimal leeway in this four-match climax to the Championship. Hampshire briefly moved level with Yorkshire at the top of the table – aware that both would lose that place once the result of Nottinghamshire’s clash with Lancashire was known. As for Warwickshire, they remain in touch in a Division where only Somerset appear to be virtually out of contention.

Warwickshire felt slight favourites at breakfast with the expectation that Mohammad Abbas would not bowl because of an ankle injury. But Abbas was patched up and sent into the fray and, although down on pace and prone to considerable limping, summoned the wholehearted bowling effort that has been a feature of his seasons on the county circuit.

Warwickshire had logged 139 for 2 overnight, at roughly two an over, and that pedestrian rate of scoring continued. The pitch, although slightly livelier than the previous day, still inhibited a more enterprising approach – and what the pitch did not discourage, the situation did. It would have been a courageous batter who dared to abandon Warwickshire’s grind-it-out policy after it had kept them in touch with victory for so long.

The second new ball was 13 overs away when Warwickshire resumed, but by the time James Vince took it, two overs late, they had lost Rob Yates in adding another 28. Yates, 70 not out overnight, managed another seven before James Fuller brought one back sharply from around the wicket. Fuller found life where previously none was thought to exist and another ball evaded both Will Rhodes and the stand-in keeper, Tom Also, to scoot for four byes.

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