Adams credits bowlers

Hampshire skipper deflects praise after man-of-the-match display

Last Updated: 15/09/12 10:45pm

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Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams was keen to pay tribute to his bowlers after their Clydesdale Bank 40 final victory over Warwickshire at Lord's.

Kabir Ali took the wicket of Darren Carter off the last ball to win the game by courtesy of losing fewer wickets, after both sides finished on 244.

"It hasn't sunk in. Kabir did a great job and the seamers held their nerve and we just snuck over," said Adams, who was named man of the match after his 66.

"We are missing a few guys but the other guys came in and made it count. It has been a great day of cricket and we are fortunate to come out on the right side of it."
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"I have been a bit short of runs, the last few games I have come good. I'm just very happy to contribute today."

Pressure

With regulars Dimitri Mascarenhas and Danny Briggs missing from the side, there was pressure on fringe players such as Ali to step up. They did and Adams was keen to pay tribute to their performance.

"They have been brilliant today," he added. "We are missing a few guys but the other guys came in and made it count. It has been a great day of cricket and we are fortunate to come out on the right side of it."

The win adds to their trophy haul for the campaign after their Twenty20 triumph earlier in the season and Ali spoke of his nerves as he ran up to bowl the final delivery.

"Jimmy (Adams) told me to try and get the dot ball," he said. "I had been working on them for a while. My heart pumping quite fast but I managed to control it."

Proud

Warwickshire skipper Jim Troughton was left to reflect on a downbeat end to a season which has seen them crowned as county champions.

"Sure it was (a great game) for the neutral. It was so close at the end I thought we had it, I'm very disappointed," he said.

"It wasn't meant to be but it was (a magnificent season).

"We've won the championship and we should be very proud of what we have achieved this season."

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