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14th May 2019 - 11:00AM Edgbaston, Birmingham
Specsavers County Championship Division One 2019
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Brian Halford
15th May 2019

Championship Report: Warwickshire v Hampshire

Day Four

Hampshire convincingly defeated Warwickshire on day four of the Specsavers County Championship fixture at Edgbaston

Needing eight wickets to secure victory, a ruthless spell of bowling from the visitors saw them dismiss the Bears in just 32.5 overs, securing a comfortable 314-run win.

The hosts, who needed a further 382 runs at the start of the day to set-up an unlikely victory, struggled against an excellent bowling attack which saw five bowlers take wickets and four with at least a brace.

Hampshire, without captain James Vince (England duty) and Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane, showed why they are title contenders with contributions throughout the order.

Tom Alsop’s 150 on the opening day was supported by the bowling architects of Kyle Abbott (9-5-11-2), Keith Barker (12-2-23-2), Liam Dawson (13-6-16-2), Fidel Edwards (12.5-3-36-3) and Gareth Berg (7-3-16-1), who earned the visitors their second Specsavers County Championship victory of the season.

Warwickshire, who started the day on 44 for two, would have been buoyed by the early showery conditions, a far cry from the previous three days.

And following a 70-minute delay, there was glimmer of hope for the hosts, with 18 overs lost in the day.

But any optimism was immediately muted as Hampshire ripped their way through Warwickshire’s top order with four wickets in 13 overs before lunch.

First-class debutant Rob Yates (21) departed second ball of the morning, bowled by Edwards, with Abbott removing Adam Hose’s stumps (1) three overs later.

Night-watchman Craig Miles (1) was next to depart, a mere five balls after, bowled again by Edwards.

Liam Banks, who dug in for four off 30 balls, kick-started an early lunch when he was caught by Edwards at mid-on off the bowling of Liam Dawson.

But the break was no more than a breather as Hampshire returned in a similar relentless vein.

Former Warwickshire seamer Keith Barker trapped Alex Thomson LBW for 18 and bowled Henry Brookes for 0, with Berg’s LBW of Tim Ambrose sandwiched in the middle.

A tenth wicket partnership of 34, the highest of the Bears second innings, between Jeetan Patel (10) and Oliver Hannon-Dalby (17) offered a slight reprieve before the former edged behind to the wicket-keeper Alsop, to leave the Bears 109 all out.

Day Three

Warwickshire batsman Dominic Sibley scored his sixth century in successive first-class matches but could not prevent Hampshire taking total control of their Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.

Sibley carried his bat through the Bears’ first innings for 109 (263 balls, nine fours) to add another to the three-figure scores he recorded in his previous five first-class games, against Leicestershire, Sussex, Kent, Surrey (for MCC) and Kent again.

The 23-year-old almost single-handedly staved off the follow on for Warwickshire, but Hampshire will still enter the final day well-placed to harvest their second championship win of the season.

They secured a first-innings lead of 121 and then batted aggressively second time round to pile pressure on the injury-ravaged home side. Rilee Rossouw (76, 46 balls), Oliver Soames (62, 57, on his championship debut) and Sam Northeast (55 not out, 56) enabled Hampshire to declare on 302 for five, setting the beleaguered home side 424 to win.

In 20 overs batting before the close, Warwickshire reached 42 for two, losing openers Sibley and Will Rhodes, and they have a massive rearguard action ahead of them on the final day.

After Warwickshire resumed on the third morning on 184 for seven, they soon lost Henry Brookes, caught at slip off Joe Weatherley. Sibley and Jeetan Patel saw their side past the follow on figure before Gareth Berg dismissed Patel, caught behind, and bowled Olly Hannon-Dalby.

When Hampshire went in to bat again they showed immediate urgency and openers Soames and Weatherley (46, 75 balls, six sixes) added 102 in 18 overs before Soames pulled Craig Miles to mid-wicket.

Weatherley tickled Brookes leg-side to the wicketkeeper and Tom Alsop (25) was bowled, reverse-sweeping, by Patel, but Roussouw ruthlessly climbed into the struggling attack either side of tea. He struck four sixes and six fours to hurry the lead upwards with the objective of giving Hampshire’s bowlers plenty of time to get at the home batting before stumps.

Roussouw skied Hannon-Dalby to deep mid-wicket but, after Liam Dawson fell lbw to Patel, Northeast and Aneurin Donald added a perky 38 from 33 balls to set up an early declaration.

With 20 overs to bat, Warwickshire lost Sibley to the 17th ball of the innings when he edged Kyle Abbot to wicketkeeper Alsop. First-class debutant Rob Yates showed good composure in a high-pressure situation but Will Rhodes chipped Dawson to mid-wicket seven overs before the close.

Day Two

A searing post-tea burst from South African paceman Kyle Abbott put Hampshire in total command against  Warwickshire on the second day of their Specsavers County Championship clash at Edgbaston.

After Hampshire were lifted to a solid 354 by Tom Alsop’s classy, career-best 150 (317 balls, 23 fours), the home side’s reply advanced smoothly enough to 135 for three before Abbott’s blast of three wickets for four runs in eight balls.

Suddenly, the follow-on figure of 204 was far from a formality for Warwickshire and they still have work to do to reach it, having closed the second day on 184 for seven.

Against a rampant and raucous Hampshire side, the injury-ravaged Bears were left leaning heavily on Dominic Sibley. The former Surrey opener, who has scored centuries in each of his previous five first-class matches, went into stumps five short of another – unbeaten on 95 (215 balls, nine fours).

In the morning session, Hampshire added 63 to their overnight 291 for six. They advanced to 327 without further loss before Jeetan Patel took the last four wickets in 33 balls.

The Bears’ captain finished with six for 94, his 35th first-class  haul of five-or-more wickets, after Gareth Berg fired back a fierce return catch, Alsop skied to mid-off, Abbott played on and former Warwickshire player Keith Barker edged behind.

In reply, Warwickshire lost three wickets in the afternoon session. Will Rhodes edged an excellent ball from Abbot to second slip where Joe Weatherley took a smart catch before debutant Rob Yates’ first first-class innings was ended by a ripper from Liam Dawson. Having opened his first-class account with a sumptuous cover-driven four off Abbott, Yates offered no stroke to Dawson’s second delivery only to see it turn in a long way to strike off-stump.

Sibley and Adam Hose began to retrench but, having added 40, were separated in the last over before tea when Fidel Edwards speared a yorker through Hose’s defence.

Liam Banks settled alongside Sibley to add 47 in 17 overs but then came Abbott’s purple patch – a textbook example of aggressive, straight fast-bowling. He bowled Banks through the gate then removed Alex Thomson, who offered no shot, and Tim Ambrose lbw with successive balls.

That left Warwickshire still 59 short of the follow on figure with four wickets left. Sibley and Craig Miles added 26 but Edwards, brought back fresh just before the close, had the latter caught at short leg.

Day One

Tom Alsop’s second first-class century lifted Hampshire to a solid 291 for six on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Hampshire were looking for leaders in their batting, having lost Aiden Markram and James Vince to international duty and seen India batsman Ajinkya Rahane’s debut delayed due to a BCCI player engagement.

Alsop, 23, rose to the challenge in polished fashion. After Hampshire chose to bat, he compiled a career-best unbeaten 131 (273 balls, 21 fours) to steer his side away from uncertain positions at 44 for two and 171 for five.

A depleted Warwickshire attack missing the injured Olly Stone, Liam Norwell and Ryan Sidebottom and the unavailable Chris Woakes, persevered well, led by the excellent Olly Hannon-Dalby (four for 58). But Hampshire got away from them in the final session when Alsop was joined by the aggressive Aneurin Donald (75, 56 balls, 12 fours, two sixes).

Hampshire had lost their openers in the first 16 overs. Joe Weatherley fell lbw to Hannon-Dalby in an excellent opening spell of 7-4-4-1 by the seamer and Oliver Soames tickled a leg-side delivery from Jeetan Patel to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose.

As Hannon-Dalby and Patel applied pressure, Alsop and Sam Northeast knuckled down to add 73 in 27 overs either side of lunch before the latter (22, 73 balls) played across a Hannon-Dalby in-ducker and was lbw.

When Rilee Rossouw skied Patel to Craig Miles at mid-off, Hampshire were wobbling at 122 for four. Liam Dawson was immediately fortunate to survive a run out appeal from Miles’ direct hit, but survive he did to add 49 with Alsop before lifting Hannon-Dalby to Rob Yates at point.

At 171 for five, the day was in the balance but former Glamorgan player Donald yanked it Hampshire’s way with a vivid counter-attack. He struck ten fours on his way to a 41-ball fifty and 75 out of a partnership of 84 with Alsop before slashing Hannon-Dalby to gully.

Hannon-Dalby was denied a richly-deserved five-for when Alsop, on 105, was dropped by Dominic Sibley at extra cover. Gareth Berg was also reprieved, on two, when Henry Brookes grassed a caught-and-bowled chance and, let off the hook somewhat, Hampshire will aim to crack on past 400 on the second day.

That would pile pressure on a Warwickshire top order missing the injured Sam Hain and Ian Bell and including 19-year-old Rob Yates on his first-class debut, and Adam Hose, back after a month out with a broken thumb.

 

Mat Collis
13th May 2019

Championship Preview: Warwickshire v Hampshire – 14-17 May 19

Warwickshire relaunch their County Championship campaign this week, hosting Hampshire at Edgbaston.

Following the face-paced nature of the One Day Cup, the side’s full focus turns to red ball with only the Vitality Blast – which starts on Friday 19 July against Worcestershire at Blackfinch New Road – as the only alternative to the long form of the game.

"We are being tested squad wise, but professional cricket is about learning quickly and that’s what we’ve got to do."

Jim Troughton

It’s been just shy of a month since the Bears were defeated in the final session on day four by Kent, a performance which First Team Coach Jim Troughton rued ‘missed opportunities’ throughout.

It was a frustrating end, but Troughton believes lessons for his young side were hopefully learnt.

“It’s been great to get back to red ball training and working and learning with this group,” Troughton said.

“The odds were against us on that final day, but credit to Tim Ambrose and Henry Brookes for the way they batted, which almost saw us save the game.

“The partnership showed great skill and courage and that’s what we’ll be asking from this group ahead of the next set of fixtures, starting against Hampshire this week.”

That young group will be tasked with facing a Hampshire side who qualified for the One Day Cup final at Lords last week.

The competition was frustrating for the Bears who showed glimpses of the potential this squad of players has, and Troughton believes that experience should give them confidence heading into the fixture.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for players to stand up and be counted and grab a place in the team with both hands,” the 40-year-old added.

“We’ve trained well following the white ball competition and despite the disappointment overall, the tournament has given exposure to some of our younger players.

“They’ve had to learn fast, especially with the injuries around the squad, but that’s no excuse.

“We are being tested squad wise, but professional cricket is about learning quickly and that’s what we’ve got to do.

“It’s a fabulous opportunity for some of these guys and I’m excited ahead of the challenge.”

The Bears head into the fixture with more clarity regarding injuries.

Adam Hose has passed a fitness test on his thumb and has returned to the squad, alongside Henry Brookes who missed the final two One Day Cup games with a back complaint. An MRI has returned clear, meaning Brookes is available for selection.

Sam Hain however is unavailable to feature after failing to recover from the knee injury he sustained on Community Day against Lancashire, but that gives opportunity to 19-year-old Moseley batsman Rob Yates, who is in line to make his first-class debut.

Elsewhere, Ryan Sidebottom is still being monitored following a shoulder complaint, whilst Matt Lamb (side strain), Liam Norwell (pec strain) and Aaron Thomason (pec strain) continue to prove their fitness during the Second XI match against Kent, which started on Monday 13 May.

Ian Bell (foot) and Olly Stone (back) are progressing with no firm return date in place and Chris Woakes remains on England duty for the ODI series against Pakistan.

Warwickshire Squad

  • Jeetan Patel (Captain)
  • Tim Ambrose (Wicket-Keeper)
  • Liam Banks
  • Henry Brookes
  • Olly Hannon-Dalby
  • Adam Hose
  • Craig Miles
  • George Panayi
  • Will Rhodes
  • Dom Sibley
  • Alex Thomson
  • Robert Yates
Brian Halford
10th May 2019

Championship Memories: Hampshire at Edgbaston, 2010

Warwickshire and Hampshire, who meet in the Specsavers County Championship at Edgbaston next week, is a fixture with a long and colourful history. Since 1895 the two sides have fought out many fine matches in Birmingham - and some amazing ones, including in 2010 when Chris Woakes scored his first century on home soil. Brian Halford reports.

When Warwickshire, replying to Hampshire’s 283, slumped to 98 for seven in the first innings of their championship match at Edgbaston in 2010, you would have got long odd on a Bears win. Very long odds.

But Chris Woakes was still batting – and he had some happy recent history against Hampshire. The previous summer the 21-year-old had scored his maiden first-class century – 131 not out in an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 222 with Jonathan Trott – at The Rose Bowl.

"Scoring first-class hundreds wasn’t really on my radar at the time. I had always worked hard on my batting in practice, but when you are batting down the order the pressure is off you a little bit."

Chris Woakes

And on an unforgettable April afternoon in Birmingham, the Bears academy product proceeded to unfurl his first century on his home ground – a superb unbeaten 136 which, with highly contrasting offerings of support, powered Warwickshire towards one of the most stirring fightback wins ever.

From 98 for seven, Woakes figured in three productive and very different partnerships. First he added 77 with the resolute Tim Ambrose (54) to stop the rot. Then came a ninth-wicket stand of 104 with the buccaneering Neil Carter (62).

That took Warwickshire to 279 for nine, just a boundary hit from parity. And then came, for the Bears, some high jinks and, for Hampshire, some serious infuriation.

Into bat at number 11 went the maverick Imran Tahir – high-class spin-bowler/slapstick batsman – who proceeded to flap, slap and slash his way to 40. Meanwhile, Woakes climbed into his shots in more orthodox manner in a tenth-wicket stand of 103.

“Immy was really pleased with himself because he had connected with a few,” he recalls. “I remember thinking, as a bowler, the last thing you want is a tail-ender having a hit and Immy was getting away with all sorts.

“We had been under the cosh when I went in. The ball was moving about a bit and Kabir Ali was bowling well. I nicked a couple through the slips and got away with it. They went in the gap for four and that got me going a little bit.

It’s amazing in cricket how things can change because suddenly I started timing it.

“Amby got stuck in like he does and then I was just trying to build a partnership with Carts to keep us in the game. Then Carts got out and Imran came in and Immy had the reputation for giving it a bit of a whoosh so, at that point, I made the decision to try and up the rate and take a few more risks. It was great fun and it was a fantastic feeling to score my first century at Edgbaston, having got one at The Rose Bowl the previous year.

“The two knocks were very different and my partners when I got to the hundreds were complete opposites. Imran was backing away and trying to slash anything and get any sort of bat on it. Trotty at the Rose Bowl was moving the other way, from leg to off to try to get outside the line and get everything through the leg side.

“One of the centuries was with a world-class international batsman at the other end and the other was with a world-class spinner at the other end! But both were really enjoyable.”

After Woakes and Tahir’s century stand, Warwickshire’s last three wickets had added 284 and the force stayed with the Bears. Leading by 99, they bowled Hampshire out for 176 (Carter five for 71, Woakes four for 75) before knocking off the target of 80 for two wickets in 12 overs.

It was a sensational win which just offered yet more evidence of the wonderful plots delivered by county championship cricket. The match also unveiled Woakes as more than just a top-class bowler – here was an international all-rounder in the making.

“I think it was a bit of a turning-point,” said Woakes. “Scoring first-class hundreds wasn’t really on my radar at the time. I had always worked hard on my batting in practice, even back them when I wasn’t really an all-rounder, but when you are batting down the order the pressure is off you a little bit.

“But to score hundreds in first-class cricket you must be able to play, so that made me think if I can do it batting at eight surely I could do it at seven or six.”

 

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13th May 2019

Spectator Guide: Warwickshire v Hampshire

Are you visiting Edgbaston this week for the Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire? Take a moment to read our Spectator Guide to ensure your visit is safe, enjoyable and comfortable.

The four-day match begins on Tuesday 14 May, with play starting at 11am. Tickets for this match will be available to buy on the gate, while under-16s are free.

Key Timings

Gates open: 10am
Play starts: 11am
Lunch interval: 1pm to 1.40pm
Tea interval: 3.40pm to 4pm (or when 32 overs remain in the day)
Scheduled close: 6pm

Tickets are available on the gate; Adults £15, Under-16s free
Car Parking is available on the day; £7.50 per car (£5 for Members)

Parking

On-site parking will be available to buy on each day during this week’s match. Parking will be available at the Main Car Park, accessible via the entrance off Edgbaston Road. Please use our post code B5 7QU to find us.

While the Club will always try to accommodate all vehicles visiting the ground, admittance will be on a first come, first served basis. Please plan your journey in advance and arrive early to guarantee your on-site match day parking.

Public car parking may also be available on a pay and display basis in Cannon Hill Park and/or the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Centre, but note that these car parks are not operated by the Club.

Buses

From Broad Street and Five-Ways Island
Service 1 stops outside the ground on Edgbaston Road.

From Bullring (Debenhams bus stops) & Moor Street Station)
Services 45 & 47 provide a frequency of up to every 5 minutes stop on Priory Road, Pershore Road which is only a few seconds away from the ground.

From Bullring (Debenhams bus stops)
Services X61, 63 & X64 stop on Priory Road, Bristol Rd which is a couple of minutes walk from the ground.

From Bullring (Selfridges Entrance) & Digbeth Coach Station
Service 35 takes you just a few minutes walk away from the ground on Willow Road, Edgbaston Road

Under 16s Information

All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult – otherwise they will not be granted entry. All under 16s go completely free but they will need a ticket – please collect one of these from a steward or the Club Shop.

Free Stadium Wi-Fi

Working with the ECB and The Cloud, Edgbaston has installed a state-of-the-art free Wi-Fi available for all spectators. To connect search for Wi-Fi networks and select “_The Cloud” upon connection login using your existing Cloud account or complete a once only registration form.

Merchandise

Please visit the Edgbaston shop, Store ’94, where you will be able to find a range of fantastic merchandise including replica kit, caps, t-shirts and jerseys.

New for 2019 – the shop will be stocking a limited edition retro range from the treble winning 1994 season and a new signature collection.

Queries

Please email tickets@edgbaston.com if you have any questions about a match day at Edgbaston. Alternatively, please call our team on  0121 369 1994 (option 2), lines are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

Live scorecard

The match live scorecard will appear here once the match is in play.

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