Adam Wheater’s fantastic century proved to be in vain for Hampshire as they went down to a 29-run defeat to Lancashire in their latest Royal London One-Day Cup clash
The Hampshire wicketkeeper struck a classy 111 from 114 balls, including 11 fours and one six, but it was not quite enough to take his side to victory as he departed 76 runs adrift of their target.
An earlier welcome knock from Jimmy Adams (53) got the Ageas Bowl outfit off to a decent start and a late effort from Liam Dawson (52) boosted Hampshire hopes of completing a fine run-chase.
But Lancashire snatched the momentum in the final few overs of an exciting contest to seal the win and snatch a psychological advantage ahead of the forthcoming Natwest T20 Blast semi-final rematch.
The visitors appeared to be well in command at the midway point after Ashwell Prince (102) made a fine century in their 301 for four.
Alongside fellow opener Karl Brown (40), the duo put on 73 for the first wicket before Dawson struck the first blow as he trapped his man lbw.
But Prince and Alviro Petersen (82) then shared a 147-run partnership for the second wicket, which looked like a real platform for a late assault.
In reality, Lancashire struggled to get their foot on the accelerator until James Faulkner (16 not out) and Alex Davies (27 not out) added 36 runs in 16 balls at the end of the innings to creep through the 300-barrier.
In reply, Michael Carberry (14) picked out Prince in the deep as he went for the boundary but Adams and Wheater then put on exactly 100 before the former skipper was brilliantly caught by Brown just inside the rope.
Wheater continued on with some flowing strokes but enjoyed two big let-offs from his opposite number with the gloves, as Davies missed two regulation stumping chances when the former Essex man was on 35 and 50.
As the diminutive batsman got his side closer to the target and looked in control, it looked increasingly costly for Lancashire.
But at the other end, his partners continued to come and go with James Vince (seven) and Sean Ervine (14) unable to get going.
The responsibility was passed on to Dawson for the final few overs, who looked in good touch as he kept the scoreboard ticking along.
While he smashed two sixes and three fours to raise hopes, the game was effectively over when he was dismissed by Kyle Jarvis and Hampshire were eventually bowled out in the final over.
The result means Hampshire face another decisive clash and must now beat Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Wednesday to be sure of qualifying for the quarter-finals.