Giles White revealed Hampshire and Yorkshire were unable to reach agreement on setting up a run-chase as their County Championship division two encounter limped to a tame draw on Saturday.
The chances of a positive result at Headingley already looked slim after three days – with Hampshire only just starting their second innings on a pitch offering little help to the bowlers.
But for the second game in succession, skipper Jimmy Adams was unable to strike a deal with his opposite number.
And similar to the previous clash with Derbyshire, the two sides ended up shaking hands well before the close knowing a draw was inevitable.
Hampshire manager White said: ‘We lost some time in the game and unfortunately we weren’t able to get a positive result for either side.
‘Hopefully the next game against Glamorgan will bring us some sunshine and a chance to win a game.
‘We talked about it (setting a game up) but it was quite a mature game and had gone quite deep, so it was difficult to get something both sides were happy with.
‘That didn’t evolve in the end, so we take 10 points out of the game and that’s a healthy draw for us.’
Carrying a 28-run lead into their second innings, only an early batting collapse could have seen Hampshire in trouble on day four.
But Jimmy Adams (49), Michael Carberry (61 not out) and Simon Katich (61 not out) ensured honours were even as Hampshire closed on 191 for two.
A docile Headingley pitch certainly did neither side any favours in their search for a win.
But perhaps Yorkshire would have ended the happier, having been in some trouble in their first innings.
After Liam Dawson was dismissed at the end of day three, Hampshire knew their only mission was to bat out the day’s play.
Adams looked in good touch before he edged behind to leave the score at 88 for two
But Carberry and Katich – who hit a brilliant 196 in the first innings – then put on an unbroken stand of 103 to eradicate any fears of throwing the game away.
White said: ‘It was going to be a difficult first hour or so but once you got through that and the new ball, it was a pretty decent wicket to bat on.
‘Some guys got some runs and I felt the bowling group bowled well as a unit for the majority of Yorkshire’s innings.
‘So there were plenty of positives to come out of it.’
With six games played already this term and the halfway point in the Championship campaign approaching, Hampshire find themselves in mid-table and needing a more productive period to force themselves into the promotion reckoning.
With basement boys Glamorgan – a side Hampshire have already beaten this season – up next at the Ageas Bowl, a victory is becoming increasingly important.
– STEVE WILSON