Jimmy Adams revealed his disappointment at Derbyshire’s refusal to cut a deal as the rain-affected County Championship clash turned into a damp squib on Saturday.
After seeing the first two days at the Ageas Bowl washed out, the Hampshire skipper – who has missed recent games for personal reasons because of a family matter – blazed back to form.
The left-hander hit the county’s first century of the season as the home side reached 352 for eight in the division two clash.
But with Adams keen to set a competitive target and manufacture a result on the final day, opposite number Wayne Madsen was unhappy with the proposals – leaving both sides to play out a dull draw.
Adams, who hit 122, said: ‘It was a frustrating day because both sides were hoping for a result but unfortunately that wasn’t to be.
‘We were hopeful. But what we thought was fair was different to what they thought was fair.
‘Both teams want what they think is fair but we couldn’t come to an agreement unfortunately.
‘It’s a bit of a shame because it could have been a good game.
‘I will keep the negotiations quiet but they wanted a shorter chase than we did.
‘We felt that what they wanted was too much in their favour.
‘Maybe if it was the last month of the season, it might have been different.’
While Adams refused to reveal the exact nature of the discussions, there were suggestions Derbyshire requested a run chase of just 240 in 70 overs.
And it is understood they were not prepared to budge – on a pitch that had become a good batting deck.
So instead the spectators saw Derbyshire’s Dan Redfern (133) and Wes Durston (121) help themselves to centuries in a 178-run stand for the fourth wicket as the Hampshire bowlers toiled.
Kabir Ali (three for 60) and James Tomlinson (three for 101) will both have profited from decent spells after recent injuries.
But with the skippers unable to strike a deal, there was no prospect of a result after so much time was lost on the first two days.
Adams said: ‘We got 10 points out of the game.
‘It was a tough final day but I thought we bowled well in spells.
‘They bowled well without getting an awful lot of luck.
‘It was a good challenge for the bowlers to bowl on a wicket that by the end was pretty placid.’
Aside from Adams’ knock, debutant Bilal Shafayat also impressed with 93 – as he joined the captain for a partnership worth 164 runs.
Adams said: ‘The partnership for the second wicket was pretty important and we managed to dictate things a bit from there.
‘It was nice to get some runs.
‘It’s been pretty obvious that I have been short of runs for the start of the year so it was nice to get back and contribute.
‘But I thought Bilal played beautifully.
‘He was a pleasure to bat with and it was an important partnership.
‘Personally, I feel happy and relieved to get some runs.’