Vince stars in damp draw

James Vince Picture: Dave Vokes/LMIphotography
James Vince Picture: Dave Vokes/LMIphotography
Sean Ervine is caught by Varun Chopra. Picture: Kevin Shipp

Bowlers put Hampshire in control of Essex clash

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James Vince made the best of a heavily rain-affected draw with Surrey by hitting an impressive 159 for Hampshire in County Championship division two.

The result became inevitable after the third day at the Ageas Bowl was completely washed out – with the first two days heavily interrupted by the weather.

Hampshire resumed their first innings on 289 for three on day four, and their opponents did not take long to make an impact as Will Smith added only three more to his overnight total of 23 before being caught off the bowling of Matt Dunn.

The hosts began to settle at the crease but Joe Gatting handed the momentum back to Surrey as he was caught by Dominic Sibley for 11 off the bowling of Stuart Meaker.

And just two overs later, the all-important Vince was removed, as Tom Curran drew a nick that went through to keeper Steven Davies.

His 159 was his third-highest score for Hampshire and his second century of the season after he hit 144 against Gloucester a fortnight ago.

Sean Ervine (21) and Michael Bates (28) then guided the hosts to 363 for six at lunch, and the unbeaten pair took their team to 400 before Hampshire declared.

The home side enjoyed a strong start after the turnaround as Graeme Smith (three) was dismissed lbw by James Tomlinson.

Rory Burns (53) steadied matters with a composed half-century, though, and the 23-year-old was still unbeaten at the close of play.

At the other end, Sibley pushed for one run too many in the 21st over and was duly run out by Matt Coles on 20.

Zafar Ansari came to the crease and added 14 to the visitors’ score but the match was declared a draw with Surrey 99 for two.

Hampshire remain unbeaten and are now second in the table.