Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day one)
Hampshire 291-6: Alsop 131*, Donald 75; Hannon-Dalby 4-58
: Yet to bat
2 pts, Hampshire 2 pts
Match scorecard

Tom Alsop’s second first-class hundred helped Hampshire end day one on 291-6 against at Edgbaston.

While many of his team-mates struggled to build a meaningful innings, the left-hander patiently made his way to a century off 203 balls and was on a career-best 131 not out at the close.

Aneurin Donald (75) accelerated the scoring after tea with a 41-ball fifty.

Olly Hannon-Dalby (4-58) and spinner Jeetan Patel (2-72) were the ’ only wicket-takers.

Their efforts meant the hosts are still well in the match, despite Alsop ending a wait of more than two years to add to his maiden Championship century.

Pace bowler Hannon-Dalby began his opening spell with four consecutive maidens and was rewarded with the first wicket when he trapped Joe Weatherley lbw for 12.

He removed Hampshire captain Sam Northeast (22) in the same fashion after lunch, but by then wicketkeeper-batsman Alsop was well set at the crease and on course for three figures.

Donald, making his first Championship appearance for Hampshire, contributed 75 in a sixth-wicket partnership of 84 with Alsop, who will resume alongside Gareth Berg on the second morning with a third batting point just nine runs away.