Hampshire win by seven wickets inside three days

Worcestershire 132 & 189; Hampshire 216 & 107-3
Hampshire win by seven wickets

It was an umbrella and hip flask day as Hampshire won a rain-interrupted match inside three days. Michael Carberry (58), dropped twice by Daryl Mitchell, shared a second-wicket stand of 61 with John Crawley (31 not out) to ease the home side to their victory target of 106. Earlier, Worcestershire added just 29 to their overnight 150 for eight and it was the irrepressible Dominic Cork who took the final wicket, bowling Matt Mason with a slow yorker.

Nic Pothas, leading the side in the absence of Dimitri Mascarenhas, said: "Everyone got something out of the match. We are a very team-orientated team, a tight unit, and that includes the backroom staff. It was a good performance in a match where every run was like gold dust."

Worcestershire are some people's tip for the title after being promoted last year. The Australian Ashley Noffke will soon slot into the side and if Simon Jones makes a swift ­recovery from knee surgery the seam bowling, which also boasts Kabir Ali and Matt Mason, looks strong.

But it is the batting that is causing some concern following the retirement of Graeme Hick. Captain Vikram Solanki said: "Take Graeme out of any side and it takes time to adapt. But there is no getting away from the fact that we didn't apply ourselves in the first innings and the same thing happened in the second.

"But Moeen Ali deserves a run at No5 and Steve Davies has already shown that he can do the job at six. We must work harder and bounce back."

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