Dismal day for Hampshire

Sean Ervine resisted. Picture: Neil Marshall
Sean Ervine resisted. Picture: Neil Marshall
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A NINTH wicket stand of 50 was as good as it got for Hampshire on day two of their County Championship match at Leicestershire.

Sean Ervine top scored making an unbeaten 58, while David Balcombe contributed 31.

But home captain Matthew Hoggard took four wickets and Alex Wyatt and Wayne White three each.

Hampshire were shot out for just 181.

And by the close they found themselves behind by 243 runs as Leicestershire chose not to enforce the follow on.

Instead they added 68 runs for the loss of two wickets, with James Tomlinson and David Balcombe striking.

Earlier, Tomlinson finished off the first Leicestershire innings, completing his figures of five for 69.

There was still plenty of help from the pitch for the seamers as Hampshire began their reply.

And the Leicestershire bowlers took full advantage, giving the batsmen a torrid time.

Hoggard, Wyatt and White did the damage and Hampshire were all out in 57 overs.

It was only Ervine’s gritty effort and the ninth-wicket stand that enabled Hampshire to avoid a complete rout.

They lost their first five wickets for 99 runs in 34 overs, Wyatt and Hoggard ripping through the top order.

Wyatt produced an impressive first spell of two for nine in four overs, dismissing Neil McKenzie lbw and removing Simon Katich for a duck, courtesy of a stunning catch by Thakor.

Hoggard had Michael Carberry lbw offering no shot and bowled Jimmy Adams with a fine inswinger, before Wyatt picked up his third wicket by trapping Liam Dawson lbw.

Then it was the turn of White to cause pain, claiming the next three wickets in 25 balls at a cost of 14 runs.

Michael Bates went for a duck, Chris Wood was out lbw without scoring and Kabir Ali was bowled off an inside edge.

But Balcombe joined Ervine to resist until Hoggard returned to snap up the last two wickets.

Although Hampshire were 175 behind, Leicestershire did not enforce the follow on.

They lost their openers cheaply but Ramnaresh Sarwan and Ned Eckersley remained unbeaten, leaving Hampshire in trouble.