James Tomlinson: Hampshire bowler hails maiden half-century

James Tomlinson (right) is congratulated by David Balcombe after reaching 50
Tomlinson (right) said he "did not feel too nervous" as he approached his maiden half-century

Hampshire bowler James Tomlinson admitted he got "over excited" after scoring his first ever half-century.

The 32-year-old was playing in his 109th first-class match and hit 51 before being the last man out with the score on 297 against Gloucestershire.

Seamer Tomlinson put on 115 for the last wicket with number 10 David Balcombe, who was left not out on 65.

"It's amazing, it's been a long time in the making," Tomlinson told BBC Radio Solent.

"It was a really good moment and a great feeling."

Tomlinson, whose previous highest score was 42, said he could have gone on and on but got carried away after reaching his half-century

"I did not feel too nervous, I was in the zone," he said,

"It was a real shame I got out when I did. I just got over excited, which is rare, and I normally get bored trying to bat.

"I just saw the spinner so went for it. I hit two fours, thought I could hit a third and was gutted to get out when I did."