Hampshire continue to set pace after Derby draw

Jimmy Adams, right. Picture: Robin Jones
Jimmy Adams, right. Picture: Robin Jones
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Hampshire remained top of the County Championship division two table after earning a draw at Derbyshire yesterday.

Trailing by 71 runs after the first innings, the Ageas Bowl outfit negotiated a weather-affected final day to close on 236 for three and earn 11 points.

Skipper Jimmy Adams led the way with 84, while his vice-captain James Vince was 50 not out when bad light stopped play.

With Hampshire resuming the final day 51 runs behind, Adams and opening partner Michael Carberry saw off the early overs by Tim Groenewald, who was hunting for his 250th first-class wicket.

Instead, the Derbyshire seamer plugged away without success as the visitors moved to 93 without loss at lunch.

The hosts had the chance to dismiss Adams on 51 shortly after the resumption when he edged Chesney Hughes.

But neither wicketkeeper Richard Johnson nor Wayne Madsen could hold on.

The breakthrough eventually came in the 49th over, though, when Carberry was caught by Hughes.

Stephen Moore held a fantastic catch at cover to dismiss Liam Dawson (22) shortly after, leaving Hampshire on 151 for two.

Adams was then trapped leg before wicket to end his 196-ball knock before rain prompted an early tea.

Vince and Will Smith (25 not out) then calmly moved the score along before bad light twice stopped play – the second break ending the game.