Grim day as rain makes it tough for Hampshire

Michael Carberry. Picture: Neil Marshall
Michael Carberry. Picture: Neil Marshall
James Vince. Picture: Sarah Standing (170455-8793)

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More rain and some strong Worcestershire batting made it another miserable day for Hampshire in the County Championship.

Hosts Worcestershire reached 402 before declaring their first innings in a comfortable position, with two days left to play.

Rain has badly hit the game but it could end up saving Hampshire, who are in a tough position.

They lost Michael Carberry for a first-ball duck, before closing day two on 10 for one.

Earlier, a maiden first-class hundred from Ben Cox did the damage for Worcestershire.

Alexei Kervezee had added 15 to his overnight score to reach 80, before he was caught by James Vince off James Tomlinson’s bowling.

Cox (104) then went not long after raising his bat, becoming Australian Glenn Maxwell’s first Championship victim.

Part-time bowler Maxwell struck again not long after as Worcestershire went in search of quick runs, cleaning up Jack Shantry after a rapid 29.

Saeed Ajmal and Charles Morris then added 42 vital last-wicket runs to get the home side over 400 and, with 402 on the board, they were called in with a declaration.

Six overs were possible before the close and Carberry was not ready for the first ball of the innings that sent him packing.

The opener, axed by England last week, found the hands of Tom Fell off the bowling of Shantry to leave Hampshire in trouble.

They must dig in to ensure they do not suffer defeat.