Hampshire’s bid for a much-needed County Championship victory failed to come off after a 198-run loss to Gloucestershire.
With the division two match heading for a draw at the Ageas Bowl, both sides forfeited an innings on day three.
But while home skipper Jimmy Adams deserves credit for once again trying to force a positive result, Hampshire never looked likely to get anywhere near the tough target of 411 to win.
After Gloucestershire declared on 410 for nine, the hosts’ chase went wrong from the outset, Adams dismissed for a duck in the second over.
The loss of five wickets for 25 runs then saw Hampshire slump to 88 for six, effectively ending their hopes of getting close to the target.
Only Adam Wheater (38), debutant Sohail Tanvir (37) and Dimi Mascarenhas (41) offered any resistance as the visitors sealed victory with a day to spare.