Adams credits bowlers after win

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James Adams' fine knock of 66 was pivotal in Hampshire's victory

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James Adams' fine knock of 66 was pivotal in Hampshire's victory

Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams was keen to pay tribute to his bowlers after their dramatic Clydesdale Bank 40 final victory over Warwickshire at Lord's.

Kabir Ali prevented Neil Carter scoring off the last ball to win the game by courtesy of losing fewer wickets, after both sides finished on 244.

"It hasn't sunk in. Kabir did a great job and the seamers held their nerve and we just snuck over," the skipper, who was named man of the match after hitting 66, told Sky Sports 1. "I have been a bit short of runs, the last few games I have come good. I'm just very happy to contribute today."

With regulars Dimitri Mascarenhas and Danny Briggs missing from the side, there was pressure on fringe players such as Ali to step up. They did and Adams was keen to pay tribute to their performance.

"They have been brilliant today," he added. "We are missing a few guys but the other guys came in and made it count. It has been a great days cricket and fortunate to come out on the right side of it."

The win adds to their trophy haul for the campaign after their Twenty20 triumph earlier in the season and Ali spoke of his nerves as he ran up to bowl the final delivery.

"Jimmy (Adams) told me to try and get the dot ball," he said. "I had been working on them for a while. My heart pumping quite fast but I managed to control it."

Warwickshire skipper Jim Troughton was obviously disappointed following defeat but reflected on a season which has seen them crowned as LV= County Championship winners.

"Sure it was (a great game) for the neutral. It was so close at the end I thought we had it, I'm very disappointed," he said. "It wasn't meant to be but it was (a magnificent season). We've won the championship and we should be very proud of what we have achieved this season."

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