Hampshire ended April at the foot of the LV County Championship’s first division, but Liam Dawson’s form has been a major bonus.
Only playing because of Michael Carberry’s poor health, Dawson has taken his chance in some style.
He top scored in each innings of Hampshire’s nine-wicket defeat against Somerset at The Rose Bowl, hitting 91 and a career-best 169 to take his run-tally for the season to 420 at 70 from the first three matches.
The second hundred of Dawson’s Hampshire career arrived nearly three years after he became the county’s youngest centurion, aged just 18, against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
“Hundreds are not easy to come by so to get my second for Hampshire was a very special moment,” said the former England Under-19 captain.
“I was very pleased, especially after getting out in the nineties in the first innings. I wasn’t worrying about anything technical, I was just seeing the ball and hitting it – keeping it as simple as that.”
Now 21, Dawson would seem to have found his niche in Hampshire’s team. His average in eight matches as a Championship opener (49.7) compares favourably with a competition average of 34.5.
“I know my role there and it’s good to be able to go out knowing you’ve got to bat as long as you can,” he said. “Getting off to a good start is always good for the confidence.”
While enjoying his own success, Dawson’s thoughts have also been with Carberry, who has been unable to play since November because of blood clots on his lung.
“I’m gutted for Carbs, he’s a really good mate and all the lads are thinking of him,” said Dawson.
Hampshire manager Giles White has revealed that Carberry’s situation will be clearer after a scan next month. “We’ll see what comes from that and where the land lies,” he said.