Hants prosper in home conditions
Hampshire 165 for 4 trail Essex 180 (Pettini 58, Balcombe 4-57) by 15 runsScorecard
In the 1970s and 1980s, Ron Allsopp, the skilled head groundsman at Trent Bridge, would leave a thick coating of grass on the pitches he cut, specifically for Richard Hadlee and Clive Rice to exploit. This worked to good effect, not least through continually winning the toss. That same good fortune is being enjoyed now by Jimmy Adams and Hampshire’s seamers, who, with considerable assistance from their slip fielders, dismissed Essex for 180.
This is not to say that the pitches cut by Nigel Gray here are…
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