Pacemen give Worcestershire edge at Hampshire

LV County Championship Division One, The Rose Bowl
Close of play, day two: Hampshire 179, Worcestershire 70-1
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Pacemen Gareth Andrew, Richard Jones and Alan Richardson claimed three wickets apiece as Worcestershire took charge on day two at Hampshire.

Having at one stage been 79-6 Hampshire were bowled out for 179 before their relegation rivals closed on 112-1.

With the whole of the opening day lost to wet weather, Chris Wood hit 36 off 53 balls before being caught by wicketkeeper Ben Scott off Richardson.

Andrew was the pick of Worcestershire's bowlers, ending with 3-28.

Two of his wickets came in the space of four balls when he dismissed Nic Pothas (11) and Dmitri Mascarenhas for a duck.

Richardson's three wickets followed his nine-wicket haul when the two sides last met in June.

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach celebrated his debut by having last man Imran Tahir caught behind to claim his first wicket in county cricket.

In reply James Cameron (44) and Vikram Solanki (26) put on an unbroken stand of 44 as the visitors trailed by just 67 runs at the close.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Hereford & Worcester's Trevor Owens:

"To bowl out Hampshire for only 179 was a really good effort, although there was a bit in the pitch for the bowlers, and Alan Richardson, Richard Jones and Gareth Andrew all deserved their three-wicket hauls.

"Skipper Daryl Mitchell and James Cameron gave Worcestershire a platform in their reply and, when Mitchell departed, Vikram Solanki and Cameron did well to see it through to the close.

"It was very much Worcestershire's day but Hampshire will feel if they can take two or three quick wickets in the morning then they will be right back in the game."

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