Hampshire v Northants: Adams hits back after Keogh double ton
LV CC Division Two, Ageas Bowl
Close, day two: Northants 438, Hampshire 160-2
Northants 4 pts, Hampshire 2 pts
Skipper Jimmy Adams led a stubborn Hampshire fightback after Rob Keogh made a magnificent 221 for Northants on day two at Southampton.
Keogh faced 383 balls and hit 32 fours in an innings lasting almost eight hours before he was last man out.
He shared a stand of 187 with Matt Spriegel (76), while new signing Ruel Brathwaite took 3-112 for Hampshire.
The home side soon lost Michael Roberts in reply, but Adams (71 not out) guided them to 160-2 at the close.
D2 HIGHEST SCORES 2013
- 255no - D Sales, Northants v Gloucestershire
- 250 - M Ali, Worcestershire v Glamorgan
- 243 - J Mickleburgh, Essex v Leicestershire
- 221 - R Keogh, Hampshire v Northants
- 219 no - J Adams, Hampshire v Worcs
- 219 - K Coetzer, Leicestershire v Northants
Northants are looking for a victory to tighten their grip on a promotion place, while Hampshire are hoping to end the season on an upward turn after only winning two Championship games so far.
The visitors added 115 to their overnight 323-6, with wicketkeeper Michael Bates taking six catches in the innings, as Keogh demonstrated a mature head beyond his 21 years to reach a double century with two boundaries in the space of three balls off Matt Coles.
He eventually gave a return catch to Liam Dawson off a leading edge, leaving Hampshire with the initial task of scoring 289 to make sure they avoid the possibility of following on.
Roberts was bowled by Steven Crook, but Dawson helped Adams add 97 for the second wicket before he became Spriegel's first victim of the summer, with the help of Trent Copeland's catch.
VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX
BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton:
"A flat pitch may have done Rob Keogh no harm at all, but it does not look as if that surface will yield 20 Hampshire wickets.
"While one tough chance went down in the gully, there were no other opportunities for Northants to make inroads as Jimmy Adams showed glimpses of his best form.
"The highlight of the day though was Keogh's double hundred. With a previous best of just 44, a good time for him to do it when he's out of contract at the end of this season."