Jimmy Adams admitted the County Championship division one showdown with Middlesex lost it’s ‘fizz’.
But the Hampshire skipper insisted he was happy with the performance his side delivered in the draw with the league leaders.
On the whole we played some decent cricket, we just didn’t take that chance to drive aheadJimmy Adams
The home side batted for the whole of the final day at the Ageas Bowl – before the two captains accepted a share of the spoils.
For Middlesex, they remain unbeaten and top of the pile.
But Hampshire slipped to the foot of the table – despite holding the upper hand for much of the fixture.
Adams, who returned to the side following the birth of his second child, struck 37 in the second innings to add to his 61 on the opening day.
Alongside Liam Dawson (19) and Michael Carberry (57), he negotiated a tricky morning session to extinguish any hope the visitors had of an unlikely triumph.
And while they were left frustrated at missing out on a maiden win since returning to the top tier, Adams revealed Hampshire were satisfied with their efforts.
He said: ‘We’re pretty happy with how the game went as a whole.
‘We had a good chance to have a decent first innings lead but we weren’t able to follow that through.
‘Their partnerships on Tuesday took the fizz out of yesterday which was a shame. On the whole we played some decent cricket, we just didn’t take that chance to drive ahead and declare at some point to give them a tricky period.
‘Sometimes something happens out of the blue that changes the course of the game.
‘But the rain previously took the time out of the game that could have tipped it one way or the other.
‘Yesterday was hard work at times, especially with the new ball, but then it petered out.’
James Vince notched 32 – equalling his highest score in a disappointing start to the season – as the game drifted to a close.
And while he had nothing to gain in terms of the match, the England hopeful reckons the time at the crease – and 95 balls he faced – did him good.
Vince said: ‘It was a fair result overall.
‘If we had knocked that last wicket over a bit quicker, we could have had a lead of 150-plus to take into the final day.
‘But in the end, if anyone was going to win the game yesterday it would have been them if they could have knocked us over early.
‘Jimmy, Daws and Carbs did the hard work against the new ball and then it became pretty dull.
‘It was nice to spend some time in the middle.
‘It was probably the most amount of balls I’ve faced this year but no batter likes to bat in those situations.’
Hampshire had stretched their lead to 236 when the game was halted.