Liam Dawson remains bullish about Hampshire’s survival hopes despite the weather threatening to ruin their push for glory against Yorkshire.
Bad light twice forced stoppages after a delayed start to day two of the County Championship division one battle at the Ageas Bowl.
The lost time could not prevent Hampshire taking control of the game.
Dawson’s 140 helped them post a commanding 400 for nine declared before Ryan McLaren took two for 22 as the champions stumbled to 82 for four at stumps.
Rain is forecast for tomorrow, however, and it could hand Yorkshire a timely reprieve.
Whatever happens, Dawson is confident the home side – who are 11 points adrift of safety with two games left – are making progress in their battle to beat the drop.
He said: ‘We’re in a very good position (in this game).
‘We wanted to get full batting bonus points (five) and we did exceptionally well to get that.
‘Now we are on our way to get maximum bowling points as well.
‘There might be weather around but we have put ourselves in a good position to get maximum bonus points in this game.
‘Then that takes us into the final game in a good position to stay up.’
Dawson and Sean Ervine (43) pushed the overnight total of 219 for four on to 305 before Ervine was stumped.
But Dawson had already celebrated his first century in two years and kicked on as his good form continued.
‘We wanted to get to 300 batting normally, which we would have always done easily,’ he said.
‘To get to 350 was a massive bonus and 400 was the target if we batted well and didn’t lose early wickets.
‘Fortunately, me and Slug didn’t get out in the morning session which set us up to get 400.
‘I was opening the batting at the start of the year and kept getting starts but then couldn’t get in the team.
‘I went to Essex and ever since then I’ve done well.’