Hampshire’s quest to cement their promotion place was hit by the weather on day two of their Championship clash with Leciestershire.
With the visitors resuming on day two at 301 for nine, they added just two runs to their overnight total before Matt Coles picked up his fourth wicket of the innings when Charlie Shreck picked out Jimmy Adams at cover in the first over of the day.
It had already been a delayed start and a combination of rain and bad light meant that just 10 overs of play were possible.
But Hampshire opening pair Adams (29 not out) and Michael Carberry (10 not out) reached 48 without loss in just nine overs as they set about a fast start to the reply.
Director of cricket, Giles White, said: ‘The boys came back well on day one and we wanted to push forward but unfortunately the rain stopped us in our tracks.
‘The boys had a few balls to hit and they were aggressive.
‘Jimmy played with a lot of freedom and Carbs played well too.
‘It’s the start of a good partnership but we need to build on that on day three.’