4 May 2023 | LV= Insurance County Championship 2023
410 for 8
229 all out
97 all out
Warwickshire win by an innings and 84 runs

Day One

James Vince continued his fine form with an unbeaten 75 but Warwickshire got the best of day one at Utilita Bowl.

Hampshire captain Vince scored a stunning 186 in the victory over Northamptonshire last month and looked untroubled in the face of a challenging visiting attack.

Chris Woakes and Chris Rushworth both claimed three wickets each, with Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Ed Barnard supplementing them in Pakistani overseas Hasan Ali’s rested absence.

Their successes provided saw Hampshire slip slip from 83 for one to 109 for six before being bowled out for 229. In response, Warwickshire reached 82 without loss at close, with Alex Davies leading the charge with 46 not out.

Hampshire's opening batter Felix Organ was bowled shouldering his arms at Rushworth for one – after Hampshire had chosen to bat first.

Fletcha Middleton has taken to First-Class cricket strongly. He scored twin half-centuries in the previous match at Utilita Bowl and again comfortably dealt with the new ball. He partnered with Nick Gubbins in a 74-run stand.

Woakes is attempting to talk Ben Stokes into an England recall ahead of the Ashes, and his miserly first spell of five overs for just two runs would be a good conversation starter. The meat of the chat would include his second spell and how he angled a delivery across Gubbins that was caught at first slip, via a second slip chested parry.

And then his punchline might include the stunning away seamer that clipped Middleton’s outside edge, for an unlucky 49. He also picked up a hooking Ian Holland in his third spell to return three for 45, which included his 550th first-class wicket.

Hannon-Dalby chimed in to pin Tom Prest lbw before Rushworth ploughed into Ben Brown and Liam Dawson’s pads in one prolific over.

Amongst this Vince survived, and after a short 28-run stand with Holland, navigated with the tail. He added 49 runs with James Fuller, 31 with Kyle Abbott, and 12 with Mohammad Abbas.

His innings saw his usual array of drives as he reached his half-century in 72 balls, before targeting mid-wicket and long on for three lusty sixes with his partners dwindling – Barnard picking up the final two scalps.

Hampshire often lean on Abbas and Abbott to bullishly pull them back into matches after below-par scores. On this occasion Rob Yates and Alex Davies prevented them.

The Warwickshire openers already have centuries this season and serenely navigated the evening session. Davies was by far the more aggressive as he reached 46, with Yates ending the day on 26 off 104 balls.


Day Two

Sam Hain passed fifty for the third time in five innings this season as Warwickshire further took control over the game against Hampshire in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Hain began the season with centuries against Kent and Somerset and returned to form after a quiet match against Surrey with a faultless 85.

Hampshire had found hope with three wickets in a truncated morning session to fashion a collapse from 83 without loss to 95 for three but half-centuries for Alex Davies, Ed Barnard, and Michael Burgess accompanied Hain.

Barnard, in particular, ground the hosts down to end the day on a stylish unbeaten 91, Burgess partnered him on 60 and Warwickshire on 364 for five, a lead of 135 – although forecast rain on Saturday may thwart their chances of victory.

Hain’s stock has been rising for several years, having burst onto the scene with a double century in his debut season in 2015 – where he averaged over 50.

His run tallies in the previous three Championship seasons – 914 in 2019, 881 in 2021, and 1,137 in 2022 when only Keaton Jennings and Ben Compton totted up more Division One runs – prove he is no flash in the pan.

Against Hampshire’s Keith Barker-less attack, he found a perfect adagio tempo where he carefully went about his work, having arrived at the crease in the middle of a top-order hiccup.

Rob Yates and Alex Davies had negotiated the day one evening session flawlessly to compile 82 runs but were separated within three legal deliveries of the morning when Yates lobbed a caught and bowled back at Kyle Abbott.

Davies reached his 44th first-class fifty with a slap through the covers, his 90th delivery, but perished three balls later when Mohammad Abbas nipped one back into his pads.

Only seven overs were possible before lunch but only 13 runs were scored, with Will Rhodes becoming the third victim – leg before to Abbott.

Hain settled things after lunch. For large periods you wouldn’t notice him, and then he’d force your attention with an impeccably timed shot.

His cover drive to take him to a 110-ball fifty was the absolute highlight, however.

Hong Kong-born, Australian-raised Hain, who will be 28 in July, captained England Lions in Sri Lanka during the winter, while a hamstring injury scuppered his chance to train with the Test squad in the UAE before the tour to Pakistan. He instead busied himself at the Big Bash.

A bolter call-up for the Ashes is unlikely, despite his form, with just Josh Bohannon ahead of him in the Division One scoring charts this season. He has 382 runs at an average of 95.5.

Mousley stuck with him for just over an hour and a half in a 69-run stand before he was lbw swinging across the line to Ian Holland.

Holland also produced a rare misjudgment from Hain to be caught behind – a decision which appeared to disappoint the batter.

Barnard had put on 86 with Hain, as Warwickshire strode into a first-innings lead and to a batting point, and reached his maiden half-century for the county after his winter move from Worcestershire.

At which point more intent was shown, with a third bonus point in sight – something they achieved with five balls to spare.

Michael Burgess was dropped at deep square leg before aggressively reaching his fifty in 70 balls, while Barnard soured from 43 in 90 balls to 91 in 138 by close.

Day Three

No play was possible on day three due to rain.

Day Four

Hampshire were defeated by Warwickshire in the LV=Insurance County Championship Division One table by an innings and 84-runs.

Fast bowler Chris Rushworth, who arrived from Durham in the winter, claimed seven for 38, with match figures of 10 for 76.

Rushworth produced high-quality movement to help dismiss Hampshire's batting line-up for 97, having been 35 for nine.

The only thing that held up the win was a solo rearguard from James Vince - who scored 52 not out, including a 62-run last wicket stand with Mohammad Abbas.

Felix Organ was lbw second ball whilst Nick Gubbins showed intent with 21 off 29 balls, Hampshire clearly keen to wipe off their 181-run deficit and make the game safe.

But the former Middlesex batter nicked behind before Chris Woakes joined the party to trap Fletcha Middleton plumb in front.

Tom Prest edged behind to give Michael Burgess a sprawling catch and Ben Brown pushed one which bounced on him to first slip.

Liam Dawson scored an all-run four then lost his middle stump to a hooping in-swinger and Ian Holland was leg before when the ball stayed low.

Woakes struck with the second ball after lunch as Hampshire slumped to 34 for eight, as James Fuller edged off the shoulder of his bat to first slip.

Rushworth then returned from the interval to notch his 10th wicket of the match, Kyle Abbott edging behind.

Captain James Vince, who scored an unbeaten 75 in the first innings, proved it was possible to survive and score runs. 

He blocked with grit, while occasionally angrily slapping through the covers or swatting a pull to the boundary. His half-century came in 83 balls as he totted up 53.6 per cent of his team's second innings runs.

At the other end, Abbas claimed his first runs of 2023 and marched past his previous Hampshire best of eight.

Abbas faced more balls (48) than only Vince, but the Pakistani was eventually extracted when he swung down the wicket to be stumped off Danny Briggs.

Earlier, Warwickshire declared on 410 for eight having added 46 runs in just under 40 minutes – with Abbas taking all three wickets to fall.

Ed Barnard only added four runs having been stuck on 91 for over 40 hours due to Saturday’s rain. He returned to the dressing room having been caught behind attempting to turn the ball into the leg side.

Chris Woakes drove to mid off and Michael Burgess fell off 88 when he edged behind, as Warwickshire scored quickly and gave themselves plenty of time to bowl out Hampshire.