Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards lead Hampshire to victory

Fidel Edwards

Hampshire began their 2019 Area Title battle with a devastating inning and 87-run win against Essex.

The guests started the last day at the Ageas Bowl 132-4 following-on, still, 229 behind Hampshire’s mammoth first-innings score of 525-8 pronounced.

Fidel Edwards expelled visiting commander Ryan ten Doeschate (36) preceding Ravi Bopara and Simon Harmer (62) opposed with a 6th wicket remain of 111.

Be that as it may, once Bopara (107) edged Kyle Abbott behind, Essex collapsed to 274 hard and fast.

Ex-South Africa quick bowler Abbott completed with figures of 5-77.

Bopara and Harmer’s century association was the main genuine feature of a reprimanding initial four days of the new season for Essex.

In addition to the fact that they lost wicketkeeper Adam Wheater to thumb damage on Friday, however, every one of the four of their cutting edge bowlers yielded in excess of 100 runs and they just grabbed one point from the match.

Hampshire, then again, were extraordinary through and through and take the greatest 24 points.

Essex had a hint of something to look forward to when they were 269-5 after lunch, yet 37-year-old previous West Nonmainstream players paceman Edwards (3-49) and Abbott went through the lower request.

The 2017 area champions lost their last four wickets for only five keeps running with Wheater unfit to bat.

Essex currently visits title holders Surrey, with play beginning on Thursday, while Hampshire has Yorkshire.

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