It was another disappointing day for Hampshire who crashed to a nine-wicket defeat at Middlsex.
Jimmy Adams’ men, resuming only 41 runs in front on 195 for seven in their second innings, were bowled out for 227 in 13 more overs, with Middlesex’s in-form seamer James Harris finishing with four for 80.
It then took Middlesex just 17.4 overs to knock off the 74 runs they needed for a 22-point win, their fourth in the championship this season.
The lunch interval was delayed to enable Middlesex to score the 13 runs they still required, with the result confirmed at 1.15pm when Sam Robson hit Will Smith’s off spin through the covers for four.
Hampshire, for whom it was a fourth defeat, go bottom of County Championship division oneand the threat of relegation is very much hanging over a team who have won just one of their nine matches to date.