County Championship: Hampshire win boosts relegation fight

James Vince
James Vince has struggled for form in the Championship this summer, and averages only 26.71
LV= County Championship Division One, Emirates ICG (close, day two)
Durham 213 & 200: Collingwood 37; Edwards 4-43, McLaren 3-54
Hampshire 251 & 166-3: Vince 76no, Carberry 39; Onions 2-35
Hampshire won by seven wickets
Durham 4pts, Hants 21pts
Match scorecard

Hampshire captain James Vince made a dazzling half-century as they beat Durham by seven wickets to boost their chances of avoiding relegation.

They were left a target of 163 after dismissing the home side for 200, with paceman Fidel Edwards taking 4-43.

Jimmy Adams and Will Smith went cheaply, while Michael Carberry was caught behind off Graham Onions for 39.

Vince, however, hit 16 fours in his 76 not out off 65 balls as he and Liam Dawson (34) saw them home on 166-3.

Analysis - BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James
"Back-to-back wins in the Championship has given Hampshire and their supporters real hope that they can now survive in Division One."They were better equipped all round in this game on a seaming pitch as Ryan McLaren picked up seven wickets on his debut and Fidel Edwards' seven took him to 22 in his last three Championship matches."James Vince saw Hampshire home after scoring a century in the last Championship game, so the county can look forward to a big game at Somerset next week with men in form."

It was Hampshire's second Championship win in a row after defeating Warwickshire by 216 runs last month, and lifted them to third from bottom of the table, although Sussex and Worcestershire have yet to complete their match at New Road.

After losing their last five wickets for 66 runs, having resumed on 134-5, Durham pinned their hopes on Chris Rushworth and Onions making significant inroads with the new ball.

The pair sent down 22 overs in tandem before Paul Collingwood turned to his support bowlers and Vince immediately stepped up the scoring rate once they had been withdrawn.

He reached his fifty off 54 balls and his unbroken partnership with Dawson was worth 82 after he finished the match with a day to spare by striking back-to-back boundaries off James Weighell.

Home not so sweet home
Durham have now lost four home Championship games in a row for the first time since 2002, and five of their last six home and away. They have not beaten Hampshire at Chester-le-Street for five matches.

Durham skipper Paul Collingwood told BBC Newcastle:

"We're going to go into the last two games and we're going to have to fight hard in those two games, but if we can come out of the season with eight wins I think it's one hell of an effort, with the squad that we've got.

"We've got to look at those last two games and still believe in ourselves and believe that we can achieve that.

"There's been a lot of belief sucked out of the batsmen by playing on some very sporting wickets, as batsmen when you don't do too much wrong and you keep getting out, it's a very tough game. It certainly eats away at you."

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