Jimmy Adams cut a frustrated figure as Hampshire’s LV County Championship division two clash with Yorkshire headed for yet another draw.
The skipper saw his side allow Yorkshire back into the contest on day three at Headingley.
And with just a 49-run lead and nine second innings wickets in hand, it seems decidedly unlikely either side will be celebrating victory at the end of play today.
Adams saw his attempts to set up a run-chase fall on deaf ears in the clash with Derbyshire last week.
And he watched Yorkshire bat on to within 28 runs of Hampshire’s total yesterday – effectively ending any hope of a result.
Of course, a batting collapse could suddenly make a game of it but Adams admits he finds it tough to accept draws are simply part and parcel of county cricket.
Adams said: ‘They will be hoping they can make something happen in the first hour or the first session but if we go about our business in the right way, we will be all right.
‘It will be tough to force some sort of game from here.
‘Before we look too much into it, we’ve got to do some decent batting in the first session.
‘I don’t think a short chase is in the bowling group’s favour, so that might unfortunately mean the game meanders.
‘Yes, it is frustrating – like last week was frustrating in a similar situation.
‘But we’ve been on the other end of it, where you don’t see something in your favour enough to make a game of it and you think that bonus points are the best way forward. You want to have a competitive game going through all day. Nobody likes seeing a 5pm handshake.’
While Yorkshire batted well, an earlier declaration could have presented a chance to set up a run-chase.
And it remains a source of annoyance to many that an entire day of cricket could have very little riding on it – provided Hampshire can bat sensibly on the final morning.
Adams said: ‘I’m sure they have their reasons for it.
‘It could have kept more options open if they had declared earlier.
‘But we had to concentrate on our own game to bowl them out and, unfortunately, we weren’t able to do that.
‘When you lose time in games – and you are playing on decent pitches – it does make life a bit tricky because people are more reluctant to set something up.’
n Hampshire head even further north to face Scotland in the CB40 competition tomorrow – and manager Giles White is keen to see his men adapt quickly.
White said: ‘I think the key is – whatever the wicket throws at us and whatever Scotland throw at us – we need to be quick to adapt and play well.
‘We know a little bit about them and they’re in decent form having beaten Nottinghamshire.’