County Championship: Hampshire skipper James Vince holds the guests at Lord & # 39; s
James Vince & # 39; s half century helped Hampshire recover after their top four batsmen fell for a total of 20 runs
|LV = County Championship Group Two, Lord & # 39; s, London (day two):|
|Middlesex 172: Gubbins 51, Cullen 27; Abbott 6-44|
|Hampshire 131-7: Vince 62, Barker 23 *; Bamber 3-43|
|Hampshire (3 points) follows Middlesex (2 points) by 41 runs|
Hampshire skipper James Vince hit 62 to help his team recover from a bad start against Middlesex at Lord & # 39; s.
Nick Gubbins, 51, scored the top goal for the hosts, who finished a rain-stricken first day 90-4 when they recorded 172 points.
Hampshire Paceman Kyle Abbott finished with numbers 6-44 and Mohammad Abbas came into play with 3-46.
Visitors dropped to 9: 3 in response, but Vince & # 39; s half century put them at 131: 7, 41 behind.
Seamer Blake Cullen ended Vince & # 39; s resistance with a peach ball just before stumps came through his save, a first wicket for the teenagers championship.
Middlesex had previously slipped from 90-4 to 100-7, but Gubbins' tenacious half-century and Cullen's 27 helped them recover easily.
Hampshire also lost quick wickets early in their innings when Ethan Bamber (3-41) bowled Ian Holland clean and then took Joe Weatherley's wicket.
It got worse when Tim Murtagh (2-16) met Tom Alsop in the next game, leaving the visitors, sacked for 79 and 93 in the first innings of their last two games, 9-3.
Vince held his head with 101 balls for half a century and Keith Barker finished the day undefeated on the 23rd to keep the game in limbo.
Middlesex sailor Blake Cullen:
"Nick Gubbins played really well this morning. It's a shame he couldn't get started. It was nice to have a little partnership with him and do a few under the pressure. It's been nice."
"It gave me a bit of energy and confidence to go outside with the ball and see what I can do. And I'm really happy to have James Vince because he could have caused us a little trouble.
"It was handy to get that evening. I just managed to push him back up the slope and take the stump I wanted to make."
Hampshire skipper James Vince:
"It's been a tough day for batting. It felt really tough. It's going to be one of those games where every run counts. So when we've got 40 behind us and three wickets left, we have to get that close to them as we." can and if possible edge ahead.
"It got a little easier when the ball softened, but something always happened. The ball takes out some divots where there is still grass on the field.
"I used every part of the racket out there. Some of them even came loose from behind. I drove a bit on my luck. I was trying to find a balance between trying to stay there until the ball." got a little softer. But I tried. " Score runs too. "