Hampshire v Gloucestershire: Tomlinson achieves maiden fifty

James Tomlinson
Tomlinson recorded his first ever half century in his 14 year career.
LV= County Championship Division Two, Ageas Bowl
Close, day two: Hampshire 297 v Gloucestershire 94-1
Hampshire 2pts, Gloucestershire 3pts
Match scorecard

James Tomlinson enlivened a rain-affected day with the first half-century of his Hampshire career on day two against Gloucestershire.

Batting at number 11, he contributed 51 to a last-wicket stand of 116 with David Balcombe, who made 65 not out.

It boosted their total to 297, but Gloucestershire openers Will Tavare and Chris Dent began well in reply.

Dent was lbw to Tomlinson for 30 but Tavare was 44 not out when rain ended play with the visitors on 94-1.

Only 37 overs were bowled in the day, with the final downpour bringing an end to proceedings shortly before 17:00 BST.

Earlier in the day, spinner Tom Smiith (3-30) finally dismissed Tomlinson to prevent him and Balcombe beating Hampshire's 10th-wicket record against Gloucestershire of 147, by Edward Sprot and Albert Fielder at Bristol in 1911.

Hampshire pace bowler Kyle Abbott:

"We were loving every minute of that last-wicket stand. I don't think I have heard the Hampshire balcony that loud all season.

"I think Tomlinson's maiden fifty got as much applause as the double century James Vince got against Essex in the last Championship match here. The guys were living each run."

Gloucestershire batsman Will Tavare:

"We had a frustrating first hour. Our bowlers put in a lot of hard work for one wicket.

"It was important we got off to a good start when we batted. There is no doubt the momentum at that stage was with Hampshire.

"Denty and myself managed to stop that a bit, but the wicket was playing well. Now we need to build on the solid start we have made. We need a big score to get some bonus points and I am sure we can do it."

BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James:

"Despite nearly 59 overs being lost in the day, there was much excitement at Hampshire number 11 James Tomlinson's maiden first-class fifty as he put on 115 for the 10th-wicket with David Balcombe.

"A green wicket is playing truer than anyone had predicted, which Tomlinson puts down to it being very dry underneath the surface, so the ball moves around a bit slower and gives batsmen time to adjust.

"Hampshire will need to bowl a little better than so far, if they are to force a positive result."

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt:

"It was important that Gloucestershire's opening partnership made a secure start in the absence of Michael Klinger.

"After finally dismissing Hampshire 's last batsman after an irritating final-wicket partnership, Dent and Tavare looked set, but Dent's disappointing season continued just when he looked like coming back into form, trapped in his crease when the two had put on 74."

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