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Double centurion Adams undecided on captaincy
JIMMY Adams scored his second double hundred of the season – but is yet to commit as captain for next year.
The 32 year-old left-hander was back to his best against promotion-chasing Northants yesterday, hitting 218 as Hampshire amassed 515-9, their highest score since Neil McKenzie and Michael Carberry shared a record 523 against Yorkshire two years ago.
Adams batted for more than nine-and-a-half hours on another flat Ageas Bowl track and was seeing the ball better than ever when he passed 200 for the second time this season - with a driven six over long-on.
He was finally caught at first slip, one run shy of the (unbeaten) 219 he made against Worcesterhsire in April, which remains the highest post-war score by a Hampshire captain.
This season has been a case of feast or famine for Adams. He has been dismissed for six ducks but has a fine conversion rate, having made at least a century on three of the four occasions he has passed fifty.
He is now Hampshire’s joint leading Championship run scorer this season (Liam Dawson also has 777 at 43.16), but is not yet decided on whether to continue as captain for a third season.
Adams said: “No doubt I’ll sit down and see what’s best for the club. There’s a part of it that I find great and other parts that are tough.
“Days like this make it a lot better but a couple of weeks ago, staring down the barrel of a few low scores, it was a lot harder.
“My own personal form comes into it and whether we feel the team’s moving forward.”
Adams was in fine fettle yesterday, hitting 35 fours from 444 balls, before edging Matt Spriegel’s off spin, while sharing 152 with the recalled Michael Bates, who followed his six catches with a useful 71 to the delight of the members.
“It was nice to give Batesy some good news, he’s been really patient and is a good egg, I like to see him do well - but it means there are tough decisions down the line,” said Adams.
With rain forecast, there is very little chance of a result today.
Adams added: “It looks as though the game’s petering out. It’s fairly heartbreaking for the seamers, when the sun comes out it goes quite a lot in favour of the batters after a couple of heavy rolls.
“I spoke to [Northants captain] Stephen Peters while I was out there about maybe us declaring behind but to bowl a side out in anything less than a day is hard work and they’ve got a lot of important games coming up.”
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