Rain frustrates Hampshire as bottom club earn draw

Hampshire bowler James Tomlinson  Picture: Neil Marshall
Hampshire bowler James Tomlinson Picture: Neil Marshall
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Hampshire were left frustrated after being unable to close out their County Championship division two clash against bottom side Derbyshire on a rain-hit final day at the Ageas Bowl.

With the morning session a wash-out, play was not able to start until 2.30pm when Derbyshire resumed on 31 without loss chasing an improbable 346 for victory.

Led by some fine bowling from left-armer James Tomlinson, league leaders Hampshire ripped out eight wickets before finally being checked by the weather just before 6pm.

When the players were able to get out onto the field, there was a swift breakthrough as Tomlinson had Paul Borrington caught behind for nine from the first delivery.

Fellow opener Stephen Moore, adding just three to his overnight 22, and then Marcus North (six) both swiftly followed as Tomlinson struck again to leave Derbyshire 40 for three.

Matt Coles trapped Scott Elstone leg before without troubling the scorers and the visitors were five men down when captain Wayne Madsen (two) was caught in the slips.

In the first over of the final session, Kyle Abbott had wicketkeeper Gareth Cross lbw for five as the visitors’ tail were left with some 32 overs to try to navigate safely.

Left-arm spinner Danny Briggs, chalked up another wicket for the hosts when he trapped David Wainwright lbw for 22 to leave Derbyshire holding on at 94 for seven.

Briggs struck again when Tony Palladino went the same way, adding just two, leaving a potential 20 overs left to wrap things up.

However, the weather returned to hamper that victory bid, with the players taken off at 5.15pm when Derbyshire were 104 for eight.

Hampshire looked to then have 8.4 overs to finish off the visitors, but bad light finally called an end to proceedings.