AN INJURY to Sean Ervine further compounded Hampshire’s misery as they were demolished by Somerset with a day to spare.
The popular Zimbabwean was hit on the finger while batting during the first innings as Hampshire were bowled out for 147.
A fracture was confirmed and he is set for at least a fortnight on the sidelines.
And although he bravely came out to bat again at number 11 today – making three not out – he was unable to boost the team’s total beyond 262, which allowed Somerset to chase just 64 runs as they romped to victory.
Skipper Jimmy Adams confirmed that the long-serving all-rounder will now be missing for several weeks.
He said: ‘I don’t know the length of time he will be out.
‘But I don’t think we can rely on him to guts it out for the next few weeks.
‘I would have thought it will be a fortnight at least.
‘It’s a real shame because he has been in great nick.
‘We’ve been lucky with injuries for a season or so and we’ve got to deal with it.’
The game was effectively over long before Ervine returned to the field, with Somerset deserved winners.
Hampshire resumed their second innings on 41 for two, and night watchman James Tomlinson (five) hung around for 45 minutes, while Michael Carberry (28) followed with a rash stroke in the next over.
Liam Dawson (four) risked more disciplinary trouble for the club as he stood for several seconds at the crease after being given out lbw.
Will Smith (37) and Adam Wheater (49) then put on 75 runs, before Gareth Berg (86) played another fine knock to underline his increasing worth to the side.
But he knew his time was limited as he ran out of partners and eventually edged behind to give former Hampshire man, Michael Bates, a fourth catch of the innings.
Somerset then made short work of their target as they eased home in 17 overs.