Hampshire dig in to seal draw against Middlesex

Michael Carberry Picture: Neil Marshall
Michael Carberry Picture: Neil Marshall
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Hampshire kept their discipline to bat out for a draw on the final day of the County Championship division one clash with Middlesex.

Having lost a large chunk of the game to rain, the chances of forcing a victory against the league leaders on the final day were slim.

And so it proved, as the two captains shook hands at 5pm.

The hosts, who have now slipped to the foot of the table, carried a 55-run lead into the last day.

A disastrous collapse could have presented Middlesex with an opportunity for an unlikely win but there was little cause for alarm in the morning session.

The only casualty was Liam Dawson, who was caught behind off the bowling of Neil Dexter for 19.

Skipper Adams (37) looked untroubled as he steadily accumulated runs.

Michael Carberry took an uncharacteristic 18 balls to get off the mark – highlighting the lack of urgency left in the fixture.

Meanwhile, Middlesex’s stand-in skipper James Franklin also seemed resigned to a share of the spoils as he went on the defensive.

The tactic didn’t stop Carberry completing his third consecutive County Championship half-century in the afternoon session, though. The former England Test opener tore the Middlesex bowling apart in the first innings with a stunning 67 – a week after falling three runs short of a century against Yorkshire.

He started slovenly yesterday, reaching 17 in 91 balls before accelerating to his half century in 111 deliveries – his knock including six fours and a six.

Adams fell after failing to avoid a James Harris bouncer and Carberry then hooked straight to fine leg for 57.

James Vince (32), Will Smith (15 not out) and Adam Wheater (13) all got time at the crease but, unsurprisingly, the game petered out into a draw.