County Championship: Promoted Worcestershire well beaten by Hampshire

Hampshire matchwinner Kyle Abbott played two Championship matches, two List A games and three T20 matches in his short spell with Worcestershire in 2016
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl (day four):
Hampshire 290 & 244: Abbott 51; Leach 3-55
Worcestershire 211 & 127: Mitchell 35; Abbott 4-45, Edwards 3-33
Hampshire (22 pts) beat Worcestershire (4 pts) by 196 runs

Hampshire’s fast bowlers condemned newly promoted Division Two champions Worcestershire to a heavy 196-run County Championship defeat on the final morning at Southampton.

Resuming on 59-3, needing a further 265 to win, the visitors were blown away.

Former West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards took 3-33, including two in two balls, in a whirlwind spell.

Gareth Berg, Brad Wheal, Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott (4-45) took a wicket each as the Pears were out for 127.

Having taken the three wickets to fall the evening before, Worcestershire old boy Abbott finished with match figures of 7-90.

Daryl Mitchell, who had a career average of just under 70 against Hampshire, including a double century, had resumed in confident frame of mind on 34. But he managed just a single before being pinned lbw by a ball from Abbott which kept low.

George Rhodes, son of former Pears director of cricket Steve Rhodes, took 35 balls to get off the mark before edging Edwards to Hashim Amla at first slip for just a single.

Ben Cox departed in the next over when Wheal send his off stump cartwheeling.

Edwards trapped Ed Barnard, then found captain Joe Leach’s edge next ball before last man Steve Magoffin poked Dawson to James Vince at short mid-wicket.

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