Hamish Marshall held up Hampshire’s victory bid on day three of their County Championship clash with Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Frustratingly for the visitors, Marshall ended the day unbeaten on 84 as Gloucestershire recovered from 183 for seven to reach 308 for nine in their second innings – earning them a 190-run lead with just today’s play remaining.
Hampshire added just five runs to their overnight score of 417 for nine, with wicketkeeper Adam Wheater the last man out for 82 as Matt Taylor returned career-best figures of five for 75.
A first-innings total of 422, however, meant the hosts needed a solid start as they set about erasing a 118-run first innings deficit.
James Tomlinson kept Hampshire on top, removing openers Michael Klinger (1) and Chris Dent (4) to leave Gloucestershire reeling on six for two, before Will Tavare went for 18, trapped lbw by Matt Coles.
Alex Gidman and Marshall repaired some of the damage as Gloucestershire moved to 79 for three by lunch, before a 76-run fourth-wicket partnership was broken by Sean Ervine, who had Gidman (72) caught behind.
Ervine then struck again, bowling Gidman’s younger brother Will (8). And not even the loss of Wheater with a hand injury for the evening session – Will Smith deputised behind the stumps – could disrupt Hampshire’s flow until Marshall and Payne (44) took charge.
Six Hampshire bowlers shared the nine wickets to fall, with Ervine, Tomlinson and Coles taking two each.