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Day 4 of 4
Hampshire win by an innings and 42 runs

Hants vs Worcs

LV= County Championship: Hampshire are early-season promotion contenders

David Balcombe: Made light work of Worcestershire's lower order

Daryl Mitchell: Fell just short of a 100 runs

Hampshire completed a crushing innings LV= County Championship Division Two victory against Worcestershire at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday.

The win lifted the hosts up among the early-season promotion contenders as they wrapped up the points before lunch on the final day.

Their opponents Worcestershire needed to bat all day to save the game, but were completely out-of-sorts as their second innings yielded just 252 in response to the south coast side's first innings total of 500-9.

Resuming on 159-5, the visitors lost their final five wickets for 109 runs despite starting the day well with captain Daryl Mitchell, not on 71 overnight, looking comfortable on the crease.

He looked on course to reach three figures, ably supported by wicket-keeper Michael Johnson as the pair took their partnership to 69 before Chris Wood trapped Mitchell lbw for 92 to leave the visitors 212-6.

Johnson (44) departed just three overs later, also trapped lbw by a low ball from David Balcombe, as Hampshire scented victory.

Balcombe struck again, softening up Richard Jones (4) with a short-pitched delivery before pitching one up which the tail-ender obligingly chipped to mid-wicket.

Andrew departed minutes later for a breezy 28 from 27 balls, holing out to Sean Ervine at long-on off the bowling of Danny Briggs, to leave his side just one wicket from defeat.

And that wicket arrived just before the lunch break as Briggs, who finished with 3-38, bowling Chris Russell for a duck to complete a win by an innings and 42 runs.

Match Details

24th - 27th Apr 2013
Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat.
The Ageas Bowl
S C Gale and N A Mallender


Batsman R
Mitchell lbw b Wood 92
Pardoe c Wheater b Wood 6
Ali lbw b Tomlinson 16
Samaraweera b Briggs 27
Kervezee b Vince 5
Pinner lbw b Dawson 3
M.A. Johnson lbw b Balcombe 44
Andrew c Ervine b Briggs 28
Jones c Wood b Balcombe 4
Russell b Briggs 0
Richardson not out 0
Extras 10b, 17lb 27
Total All Out, 98.3 Overs 252
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Wood 22 7 56 2
Balcombe 21 11 47 2
Tomlinson 11 4 24 1
Briggs 14.3 3 38 3
Ervine 10 6 10 0
Vince 12 3 37 1
Dawson 8 4 13 1
Full Bowling Card