Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vince Is Aiming to Convince England OFTEST Credentials; THE MATCH: Hampshire V Durham at the Ageas Bowl

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vince Is Aiming to Convince England OFTEST Credentials; THE MATCH: Hampshire V Durham at the Ageas Bowl

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JAMES Vince responded to being dropped from the England Test squad with an impressive 92 against visiting Durham yesterday, to boost Hampshire's hopes of retaining their place in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.

Vince was only selected for the one-day leg of the tour to Bangladesh, having failed to impress in the middle order in Tests this summer.

But he bounced back with 12 fours and a six in his 109-ball innings as Hampshire racked up 370 for six against Durham.

Former Durham batsman Will Smith (90) shared century stands with Jimmy Adams (53) and Vince to give Hampshire important batting bonus points on day one at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire need to win to give themselves the best chance of avoiding the drop, and openers Adams and Smith made an assured start with the bat after Paul Collingwood opted to forego the toss under heavy cloud on a dry track, which looks destined to turn later in the match.

Smith, in particular, abandoned his usual defensive bubble to venture into stroke play to tick the runs along.

It was Adams who reached 50 first, as he enjoyed more of the strike, from 95 balls - the eighth time he has managed the milestone in the Championship. But he kept up his record of being the highest run scorer in Division One without reaching three figures when he chopped Scott Borthwick, on his final Durham appearance, to end an opening stand of 111.

There was still time in the morning for Smith, who has spent time this season standing in as captain when Vince has been on England duty, to move through to his half-century in 80 balls.

Immediately after lunch Tom Alsop was leg before to off-spinner Ryan Pringle, which brought Vince to the crease, desperate to end his unhappy summer on a high.

Vince went through his arsenal of shots, all played with the clean hitting, textbook technique and aesthetically attractive stroke play regular viewers of the batsman have grown accustomed to.

He passed 6,000 Championship runs, and 7,000 first-class runs during a quickfire knock with his 50 coming off only 48 balls.

Smith, who had rattled away at a consistent strike rate of 60, was caught at point while loosely driving Brydon Carse outside off-stump after a stand of 102 with Vince. …

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