Hampshire's James Adams hits hundred against Derbyshire

Cricket
County Championship Division Two, Ageas Bowl
Close, day three: Hampshire 352-8 v Derbyshire
Hampshire 4pts, Derbyshire 2pts
Match scorecard

Hampshire captain James Adams helped himself to a century as play finally got under way on day three of their game against Derbyshire at Southampton.

The home side soon lost Liam Dawson but Adams and debutant Bilal Shafayat shared a second-wicket stand of 164.

Shafayat made 93 before he was caught off Jonathan Clare but Adams did not waste the chance of his century.

He was eventually run out for 122 as Hampshire lost five wickets for 46 runs from 278-3 and were 352-8 at the close.

Adams missed the two previous Championship fixtures for personal reasons but underlined his importance to Hampshire with a 216-ball innings featuring 17 fours, which ended when he was beaten by opposite number Wayne Madsen's direct hit.

The home side must also have been delighted by the performance of Shafayat, plucked from Minor Counties cricket and given a chance to revive a first-class career which previously featured spells with Notts and Northants.

He was clearly annoyed with himself for flashing at a wide one, which enabled keeper Tom Poynton to take a diving catch.

The only chance of a positive result on the final day, however, will depend on generous declarations by both skippers.

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