Hampshire’s hopes of progress scuppered

Only 46 balls were possible at the Ageas Bowl today. Picture: Neil Marshall
Only 46 balls were possible at the Ageas Bowl today. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Hampshire’s hopes of beating champions Yorkshire and breathing new life into their County Championship division one survival bid have suffered a blow.

Poor weather meant only 46 balls were bowled on day three at the Ageas Bowl.

Relegation-threatened Hampshire were in a good position to earn a much-needed win before bad light and torrential rain intervened.

With the visitors resuming on 82 for four – still 318 runs behind on the first innings – the umpires allowed just half an hour of action before drawing stumps at 2.30pm following more rain.

Tim Bresnan and Alex Lees added 15 runs to Yorkshire’s overnight score before the light faded in the middle of a Fidel Edwards over.

Hampshire are still 303 runs ahead – following Liam Dawson’s first century in two years which helped earn the hosts the maximum of five batting points.

The visitors lost four wickets in reply on the second evening – with Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Andrew Gale and Jack Leaning all departing.

The forecast is better for play tomorrow.

James Vince’s troops will be hoping to push on for maximum bowling points and possibly force a result.

They were 11 points adrift of safety heading into this – their penultimate – fixture.