Wood takes root to ensure Hampshire draw

Liam Dawson hit 42 before he was run out. Picture: Neil Marshall
Liam Dawson hit 42 before he was run out. Picture: Neil Marshall
Kyle Abbott Picture: Neil Marshall

Hampshire and rain frustrate Middlesex

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Chris Wood celebrated his first half-century of the season as Hampshire earned a draw with Glamorgan in County Championship division two.

Persistent rain meant only 39 overs were possible on day four at the Ageas Bowl yesterday.

The home side managed to wipe out a 14-run deficit before building a lead of 108 by the time the weather intervened.

Hampshire eventually closed on 237 for four – recording their seventh draw in 11 four-day fixtures.

The result left them in sixth spot in the second tier, having targeted promotion to the top flight this term.

Much like Australia in the third Test at Old Trafford, Glamorgan began the day in desperate need of quick wickets in their bid to claim an unlikely triumph.

Liam Dawson and nightwatchman Wood took root, though.

The visitors were gifted a small boost when Dawson was run out for 42 in a mix-up with his partner.

But Neil McKenzie strode out to ensure there would be no further alarms.

The South African shared a partnership of 95 with Wood in 29 overs as the game limped to its tame conclusion.

Wood, 23, made an aggressive 69 – which included three successive fours off Graham Wagg – but in the Glamorgan all-rounder’s next over he mishooked to Michael Hogan at slip.

At the fall of his wicket, the rain came down to force the draw with McKenzie unbeaten on 35.