No further alarm on rain-ruined second day

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Hampshire continued their fightback on day two of the County Championship division two showdown with Kent at Tunbridge Wells.

However, they were only able to add 40 runs to their overnight score before rain saw the day officially abandoned at 2.45pm.

With just two days of play remaining, it looks likely the clash will end in another frustrating draw.

The captains could still agree to set up a match – conjuring a result with some innovative declarations.

It is almost certain they will discuss the possibility.

But with both clubs in the upper reaches of the table, they will not be keen on losing ground on their rivals.

Reaching an agreement could therefore be difficult and a shootout for bonus points is most likely.

At least Hampshire did not slip further into trouble yesterday and give Kent a sniff of victory.

The Ageas Bowl outfit resumed on 50 for three with skipper Jimmy Adams, the in-form Michael Carberry and Bilal Shafayat all back in the pavilion.

But they negotiated the 18 overs and three balls that were possible with relative ease.

Liam Dawson and Simon Katich moved the score along slowly and steadily – either side of a mid-morning rain break – before the weather struck again with the total on 90.

Dawson added 17 to his overnight score as he reached 22 not out, while Katich moved from 21 to 43.

Hampshire were hoping for better luck – and some sun – today.