County Championship: England's James Vince hits ton for Hampshire v Lancashire

Hampshire captain James Vince reaches his century
Hampshire captain James Vince hit his second century in the County Championship this season
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emirates Old Trafford (day one):
Hampshire 302-6: Vince 103, Rossouw 54*; Onions 4-64
Lancashire: Yet to bat
Hampshire 3 pts, Lancashire 2 pts

England batsman James Vince hit a century for Hampshire on a finely-poised first day against Lancashire.

Joe Weatherley fell to Graham Onions (4-64) inside four overs before the Lancashire seamer removed Jimmy Adams for 44 in the first over after lunch.

But Vince reached his century off 131 balls and hit 15 fours before he was bowled by Stephen Parry on 103.

Onions took his fourth wicket of the day, removing Ian Holland late on, as Hampshire closed on 302-6.

Hampshire skipper Vince carried on his fine form from the One-Day Cup into their game against Lancashire, having hit 171 against Yorkshire and 109 against Somerset earlier in June.

The 27-year-old reached his half-century with a six and brought up his hundred with consecutive fours off Parry before his walk back to the pavilion.

Rilee Rossouw (54 not out) made only his second fifty of the year, having hit an unbeaten 65 in Hampshire's draw against Somerset in Taunton earlier this season.

The South African formed a 61-run sixth-wicket stand with Holland, which was broken when the latter edged behind from Onions for 24 just before the day's end.

Lancashire seam bowler Graham Onions:

"We've done some pretty good things. At times we conceded a few boundaries but we are still a learning side. If we could have got one more wicket, we might have said it had been our day. Now we've got to turn up and aim to put them on the back foot straight away.

"We've got the characters and the abilities and the skill. It's just not happening for us at the moment. Obviously Worcester was tough. We lost some tricky periods there and were on the back foot.

"Jordan Clark bowled nicely. In fact, we all did as it was hit out there. The spinners got stuck in pretty well considering they had the best of the wicket so far. We are in a position where, if we turn up all guns blazing, we can put ourselves in a good place."

Hampshire captain James Vince:

"With the new ball, there was bit of extra bounce, some variable bounce and decent carry for a used wicket. It seemed pretty flat until lunch and afterwards they got the ball reversing and there was enough to keep them interested.

"It's a good pitch. I found it quite tough early with the new ball. The ball was bouncing a fair bit and kissing off the wicket and as the ball got older it became easier paced.

"There was movement in the air after lunch in that initial 45-minute period and then Jimmy (Adams) got out.

"When I was batting with Sam (Northeast) it felt like hard work. We're still in a position where we can get 380 or as close to 400 as we can."

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