Jimmy Adams made his third half-century of the season as rain dominated day one of the County Championship division two clash against Surrey at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire came into the match sitting pretty in top spot after two wins and a draw.
They had moved to 153 for two by stumps, with only 43 overs possible because of the conditions.
Skipper Adams made 56 not out and will resume today with James Vince, who had contributed 24 in their unbeaten stand of 49.
The game eventually got under way at 3pm after rain had wiped out the entire morning session.
Surrey won the toss and asked Hampshire to bat, with Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker determined to make early inroads.
Michael Carberry opened up with Adams and it was the former who was the more attacking.
He launched Tom Curran and Matt Dunn for sixes as Hamshire eased to 66 without loss.
But Carberry was gone for 35 from the final ball of the 17th over as he edged Curran to Surrey skipper Graeme Smith in the slips.
Zafar Ansari was back in the visitors’ line-up after suffering concussion when he collided with the boundary fence in the clash with Essex.
His solitary over of the day came in the afternoon and went for five, including an Adams boundary.
Liam Dawson fell for 19 soon after tea as he was trapped leg before wicket by Meaker.
Just two overs later the players were off for rain.
They managed a further eight overs and that gave Adams the chance to move to his 50 off 121 balls with seven fours.