Hampshire v Surrey: Jimmy Adams' fifty gives Hampshire decent start

LV= County Championship Division Two, Southampton

Close, day one: Hampshire 153-2 v Surrey

Match scorecard

Hampshire built themselves a decent platform with the bat against Surrey on a rain-hit first day at Southampton.

When play finally got underway at 15:00 BST, Michael Carberry and captain Jimmy Adams shared an opening stand of 66.

Teenager Tom Curran eventually had Carberry caught by Graeme Smith in the slips for 35 before Liam Dawson (19) was out lbw to Stuart Meaker.

But Adams (56 not out) and James Vince (24 not out) flourished in the gloom to see Hampshire to 153-2 at stumps.

The skipper's fifty was his third of the campaign while in-form Vince scored at a run a ball, taking his season's average to more than a hundred.

BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"Hampshire will be the happier of the two sides at the end of the opening day.

"Under leaden skies, it was no surprise that Graeme Smith decided to bowl first when he won the toss. But batting looked relatively straightforward until Tom Curran dismissed Michael Carberry that any batsman looked in any difficulty.

"Surrey found more movement after tea as Stuart Meaker trapped Liam Dawson but Jimmy Adams played very well to reach stumps unbeaten.

"Hampshire did not get away from Surrey and the visitors will know quick wickets tomorrow will justify the decision to bowl first."

BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James:

"Hampshire enjoyed the better of a rain-reduced first day.

"The wicket perhaps didn't give as much encouragement to the bowlers as the conditions suggested, which will have disappointed Surrey who put the home side into bat.

"Michael Carberry looked in good touch with two sixes, one over cover point.

"But, once again, Jimmy Adams looked solid and will resume his unbroken partnership of 49 with the dashing James Vince in the morning."