Saeed’s magic baffles Hants

10:16am Wednesday 11th June 2014

WORCESTERSHIRE spin wizard Saeed Ajmal weaved his magic with another seven-wicket haul as Hampshire were forced to follow-on after being dismissed for 219 on the third day of the LV= County Championship Division Two encounter at New Road.

Saeed followed his career best figures of 7-19 in the previous home match against Essex three weeks ago with a return of 7-63 from 21.5 overs.

Heavy rain immediately started to fall at the end of Hampshire’s first innings, but they eventually returned at 5.45pm to reach the close on 31-1, the Pakistan international adding another scalp to his tally.

The 36-year-old’s lbw verdict against Hampshire opener Jimmy Adams took his wicket tally to 37 in six Championship games with the County this summer.

Worcestershire also claim-ed maximum bowling points for the eighth successive Championship match this summer and the visitors were left with a deficit of 183.

Hampshire reached 107-1 at one stage in their first innings but then lost their last nine wickets for 112 in 32 overs – and the last four for 14 runs.

They resumed on 10-1 after losing Michael Carberry to the first ball of the innings late on day two.

Saeed was first introduced into the attack at the New Road End at 71-1 after 23 overs, but bowled only three overs before switching ends to create havoc.

Will Smith reached his half-century off 103 balls with nine fours out of 93-1 in the 30th over. The 100 partnership between Smith and Adams came up in 31 overs, before they were both ousted by Saeed before lunch.

Adams (40) was lbw sweeping and Smith (67) was bowled after trying to pull a quicker and flatter delivery.

Glenn Maxwell and James Vince adopted an aggressive approach after the interval and added 48 in 10 overs.

But from 162-3 the game turned in Worcestershire’s favour as Maxwell (24) was adjudged lbw after trying to help a ball from Saeed around the corner and Sean Ervine (0) pushed forward three balls later and was lbw to the Pakistan star.

Vince (48) gave Leach his first wicket of the innings when he hooked the ball into the hands of Pardoe in the deep.

The remainder of the innings subsided quickly with Michael Bates (11) caught behind by Ben Cox and Matt Coles (19) lbw to Saeed.

Charlie Morris bowled David Balcombe for a duck and Saeed ended the innings by bowling Danny Briggs (5).

Jack Shantry (1-30), Morris (1-49) and Leach (1-47) were the other wicket-takers.


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