Liam Dawson’s career-best score was not enough to save Hampshire from a second defeat in three County Championship matches.
The 21-year-old former England under-16 skipper struck 169 as Hampshire were bowled out for 341 in their second innings by Somerset at the Rose Bowl.
And the Cidermen had little trouble chasing the 114 runs for victory, with Marcus Trescothick (23) the only casualty.
Arul Suppiah (37 not out) and Nick Compton (47 not out) completed the triumph for the visitors, who leapt off the foot of the table to be replaced by Dominic Cork’s men. Hampshire clung on for a draw against Durham in their opening four-day match of the summer before they were beaten by defending champions Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Shortcomings with bat and ball were highlighted by Somerset, especially on a final day in which the hosts never looked likely to save the match.
After Dawson and Jimmy Adams had shared a second century stand for the first wicket in the match – only the sixth Hampshire pair ever to achieve the feat, the middle order once again crumbled.
Resuming on 212 for three on Saturday morning, only Nic Pothas (10) and skipper Cork (16) made it into double figures as Dawson continued his lonely battle to save the match.
Hampshire lost their last seven wickets for 129 runs, with Dawson the eighth man out.
He added 66 runs to his overnight score before Peter Trego (four for 74) trapped him leg before wicket.
Dawson’s innings included 26 fours and came off 308 balls but sadly it wasn’t enough to halt Somerset, still buoyant after Trescothick’s double century in the first innings.
Somerset wasted no time in chasing down the total.
After Friedel de Wet clean bowled Trescothick they put the hosts out of their misery inside 25 overs.
Hampshire have the opportunity to bounce back quickly when they host Surrey Lions in group B of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition at the Rose Bowl today (1.45pm).