Hampshire will need a miracle to save their County Championship division two clash with Leicestershire today.
The Foxes took four late wickets yesterday to leave their Grace Road visitors reeling on 77 for four – having been set the daunting task of 441 to win.
Defeat will come as a major dent to the promotion hopes of Jimmy Adams’ Ageas Bowl outfit.
An unlikely triumph over Northamptonshire last weekend had put them back in the driving seat for a return to the top flight.
But after Matthew Hoggard took two for 24 and Wayne White and Alex Wyatt picked up a wicket apiece, they are once again in danger of letting their advantage slip.
The dismissals of star men Michael Carberry (18), Adams (22), Neil McKenzie (six) and Simon Katich (six) in the evening session put bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire in with a real chance of clinching only their second win of the season.
Earlier, the Foxes had declared on 265 for eight, leaving Hampshire with 132 overs in which to chase the unlikely target of 441.
The home side had added 197 runs to their overnight score of 68 for two – and they did so in just under 60 overs for the loss of six wickets.
Ramnaresh Sarwan (46) and Ned Eckersley (39) made a confident start before skipper Josh Cobb (42) chipped in.
Shiv Thakor (45) and Wayne White (35 not out) then continued the good work as only Sean Ervine (three for 37) and Liam Dawson (two for 63) made any real inroads for Hampshire.