Mohammad Abbas: Best Hampshire Moments

Following the announcement that the Pakistan seamer will be returning back to The Ageas Bowl for the 2022 season, we look at his best performances in a Hampshire shirt so far

Mohammad Abbas’ first season as a Hampshire player was an impressive one. He took a total of 41 wickets at an average of just 15.87 – which included three five-wicket hauls – in ten County Championship fixtures.

Now, to mark his return to The Ageas Bowl, we look back at some of his finest innings from 2021.

6/11 vs Middlesex (H), 15th-18th April 2021

In just his second game for Hampshire, and his first at The Ageas Bowl, Abbas put on a show as he demolished the Middlesex batting line-up.

The 31-year-old got Hampshire off to a flyer, as he took a sensational hat-trick with just his fifth, sixth and seventh balls. But he was not done there. He completed his five-for after just 13 balls – just two balls short of Ryan Patel’s all-time fastest record.

Middlesex were bowled out for 79, as Abbas ended the innings with a six-wicket haul whilst conceding just 11 runs from his 11 overs.

4/41 vs Gloucestershire (H), 22nd-25th April 2021

Just a week after his dominant display, Abbas and Hampshire returned to The Ageas Bowl for the visit of Gloucestershire.

The Pakistan seamer once again impressed the home crowd as he took out four of Gloucestershire’s five top-order batters. His four wickets were pivotal in putting Hampshire on top in the match and forced the away side to follow on for their second innings.

3/46 & 3/24 vs Middlesex (A), 13th-15th May 2021

Abbas continued his surging form as he teamed up with Kyle Abbott to lead the Hampshire bowling attack that tormented Middlesex, this time at Lord’s.

This was the first example the Hampshire fans were given of the deadly partnership as the duo took a total of 17 wickets between them throughout the match. Though Abbott stole the show with 11 of those wickets, the effect Abbas had cannot be overlooked with his six wickets across the two innings being crucial in the home side’s downfall.

5/29 vs Warwickshire (A), 5th-8th September 2021

In the second first class game back from its break, to make way for white ball cricket, Abbas readjusted seamlessly, as he regained his early season form.

Abbas and Keith Barker were the principal figures for Hampshire taking five wickets each to see off Warwickshire’s batters for just 116 runs. It was the overseas signing’s second five-for of the season and, with eight maidens from his 18 over, he was able to further showcase his ability to stop the opposition from scoring runs.

5/48 vs Lancashire (A), 21st-23rd September 2021

In the final game of the season, Abbas looked to round off the year in his typical explosive fashion.

After Lancashire took out Hampshire’s batting line-up for a first innings score of just 143, it was down to the bowlers to salvage anything from the game. Another Abbas five-wicket haul ensued as the fast bowler spearheaded Hampshire’s attack to overcome the hosts for a 141 total – putting the match back in the balance.

Abbas has now re-joined Hampshire as their overseas player and will be available for the opening six County Championship matches in April & May.

The best way you can catch Abbas and the rest of the Hampshire squad in action all season long is with a 2022 Hampshire Cricket Membership.

2022 Members also receive access to an exclusive allocation of tickets for next summer’s otherwise sold-out Vitality IT20s at The Ageas Bowl with England facing both India and South Africa at the venue next summer, alongside a whole host of other exciting benefits.

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