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Centuries and milestones for Vince and Dawson
7:14pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
James Vince hit his third century in as many LV County Championship matches, reaching 1,000 first-class runs in a season for the first time while sharing Hampshire’s biggest partnership of the campaign.
Vince was unbeaten on 145 (168 balls, 24 fours, one six), his fourth century of the season, after dominating his unbroken third-wicket stand of 248 with fellow centurion Liam Dawson, against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Together they helped Hampshire post 362-2 at the end of day two and Dawson’s unbeaten 136 (228 balls, 18 fours) means he is only nine runs short of following his former academy teammate to the 1,000-run milestone for the first time.
Former England star Matthew Hoggard was given a guard of honour by his Leicestershire team-mates when he walked out to start the last match of his career - but saw a catch dropped in his first over.
He found the edge of Jimmy Adams' bat, only for Michael Thornely to put down a shoulder-high catch at slip. The day did not get any better for Hoggard or Leicestershire, whose acting captain, Niall O’Brien, had won the toss.
Adams and Sean Terry rode their luck in the first hour or so as the ball moved around in the helpful conditions. Both of them played and missed on several occasions before Adams finally nicked one off Ben Raine to give O'Brien a routine catch behind the stumps with the score on 50.
Terry continued to struggle at times, but was also quick to seize on anything off line as he and Dawson put together a useful second-wicket stand of 64.
By the afternoon the batsmen were completely on top, and the runs began to flow at an ever increasing rate as the Leicestershire attack became more and more erratic.
Terry reached his 50 off 112 balls with eight fours, before being trapped lbw by a good delivery from Shiv Thakor for 57.
The rest of the day was dominated by Dawson and Vince. Dawson reached his 50 off 79 balls with eight fours, and it was an indication of how much the bowlers had strayed down the leg side that only four of his runs came on the off-side.
Vince reached his 50 off 65 balls with ten boundaries and at tea the pair had put on 110 runs in 24 overs, with Hampshire scoring 141 runs in the session.
There was no respite for Leicestershire after the interval, with both batsmen moving on to their centuries. Dawson reached his off 164 balls with 13 fours and Vince followed in the next over having faced 119 balls and hit 16 fours plus a six off left arm spinner James Sykes.
They were still together at the close having posted a record third-wicket stand for Hampshire against Leicestershire.
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