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Warwicks vs Hants

Lumb leaves Bears numb

Hampshire bat out final day at Edgbaston

Lumb: unexpected chance

LV County Championship - Division One
Hampshire 379 (N Pothas 122 no, M A Carberry 77) & 301-6 (M J Lumb 84, N Pothas 65 no, M A Carberry 65, A G Botha 4-103) v Warwickshire 630-8 dec (J O Troughton 223, T R Ambrose 153, R Clarke 112, A G Botha 51)
Warwickshire (12pts) drew with Hampshire (9pts)

Michael Lumb hit 84 as Hampshire batted out the final day to secure a draw against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The visitors resumed on 61-0 in their second innings, still 190 behind, knowing the final day would be all about survival.

Michael Carberry (65) and Jimmy Adams (39) extended their opening stand to 95 before Bears off-spinner Ant Botha made a triple intervention, removing both openers and John Crawley (6), to reduce Hampshire to 140-3.

But Warwickshire did themselves few favours in the field, Sean Ervine survived two chances off Botha in reaching 21 and, crucially, Nic Pothas (65no) was missed twice in the formative period of a fifth-wicket partnership of 87 with Lumb.

Substitute Navdeep Poonia spilled a firm drive to short mid-off before Pothas had scored and he escaped again on 25 when an edge off Darren Maddy's fourth ball eluded Jonathan Trott at slip.

Lumb, only playing as replacement for Marcus North after the Australian pulled out of the match on Thursday to join his national squad for a one-day international tournament against Pakistan in Dubai, seized his unexpected chance with an 163-ball innings spanning just over three hours.

Hampshire were only nine runs behind at tea and then marginally in profit when Warwickshire took the second new ball.

The new cherry brought an early wicket when Lumb, after hitting nine fours, played on attempting to pull Boyd Rankin (2-76), and straightaway Botha was back in the attack to win an lbw decision against Liam Dawson (22).

At 279-6 the game was back in the balance but captain Pothas, having anchored the first innings with an undefeated 122, and Dominic Cork (7no) held off Botha as the spinner completed 42 overs to finish with 4-103.

Day three

Jim Troughton and Tim Ambrose set a new county record for the fifth wicket as Warwickshire turned the screw on day three at Edgbaston.

Troughton made a career-best 223, while Ambrose reached 153 in the 335-run stand, which surpassed the unbroken 322-run partnership between Brian Lara and Keith Piper in 1994 on the West Indian's way to his world record score of 501 not out against Durham.

Ambrose eventually departed after playing on to Jimmy Adams off his pads, and Troughton then edged to Dominic Cork at slip, attempting to drive Michael Carberry.

Hampshire's problems continued though as Rikki Clarke weighed in with 20 fours in a 78-ball charge to his first century in three years.

Clarke (112) and Ant Botha (51) put on 138 in 22 overs before left-arm spinner Liam Dawson had both batsmen caught for a return of two for 75 in 8.5 overs.

Warwickshire declared at 630 for eight, but Hampshire openers Carberry and Adams made 61 without loss to reduce the deficit to 190 at the close.

Day two

Visitors Hampshire extended their first innings to 379 on day two, with acting captain Nic Pothas scoring an unbeaten 122, to put the home side under pressure.

That pressure increased when Warwickshire wobbled to 54 for three, before a century from Jim Troughton defied the First Division leaders and lifted the Bears to 224 for four at the close.

Hampshire still have the edge but they must push for victory without Australian batsman Marcus North, who was called up by his country with immediate effect for their one-day series against Pakistan in Dubai, following the withdrawal through injury of Shaun Marsh.

North had already batted in Hampshire's first innings but will fly out to the Middle East on Thursday night.

Hampshire promptly secured permission from the ECB to bring in Michael Lumb, who was playing for their second team against Sussex at The Rose Bowl, as a replacement for the rest of the match.

Troughton was dropped on 99 by Liam Dawson at short fine leg, but reached his 15th first-class century from 172 balls with 12 fours and added an unbroken 104 with Tim Ambrose by the close.

Day one

Nic Pothas and Michael Carberry both made vital contributions to help Hampshire pick up three batting points on the opening day at Edgbaston.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, the visitors suffered an early blow when Boyd Rankin removed opener Jimmy Adams for one.

However, Carberry hit 14 fours and a six as he raced to 77 in under two hours, putting on 81 for the second wicket with John Crawley, who made 30.

Australian recruit Marcus North could only manage 15 and when Rankin (2-53) dismissed Sean Ervine for 30, Hampshire were 183-5.

Pothas made sure they would not wilt, though, the wicketkeeper-batsman stroking 13 boundaries to reach the close on 83 not out.

Liam Dawson chipped in with a patient 22 before becoming the third victim of the day for seamer Andrew Miller, who was making his debut in the LV County Championship.

Match Details

22nd - 25th Apr 2009
J H Evans and R T Robinson


Batsman R
Carberry c Clarke b Botha 65
Adams c Rankin b Botha 39
Crawley c Clarke b Botha 6
Lumb b Rankin 84
Ervine c Clarke b Rankin 21
Pothas not out 65
Dawson lbw b Botha 2
Cork not out 7
Extras 2nb, 1w, 5b, 4lb 12
Total Close, 103.0 Overs 301 - 6
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Woakes 18 4 49 0
Rankin 24 5 76 2
Botha 42 7 103 4
Miller 9 0 29 0
Clarke 5 1 14 0
Maddy 5 1 21 0
Full Bowling Card