Rain washed out the last day of the opening fixture at the Ageas Bowl and with it any chance of Hampshire turning their three-day domination of Leicestershire in LV= County Championship Division Two into victory.
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Umpires Neil Bainton and George Sharp were left with the simple task of deciding there was no chance of any play in mid-afternoon as ground staff mopped up pools of water forming on the covers and the outfield.
The decision marooned Leicestershire's dogged young batsman Ned Eckersley on 99 not out and left Leicestershire a precarious 182 for five in their second innings, still 129 behind and with only five wickets remaining.
Eckersley had batted for much of the rain-ruined previous day to deny frustrated Hampshire a win inside three days but there would surely have been no escape had there been play on the fourth.
The rain did not begin until a few minutes before the scheduled 11am start with the players ready to go out.
Leicestershire captain Ramnaresh Sarwan might have thought he had chosen wisely when, after winning the toss, he decided Hampshire should bat first in overcast conditions and the home side lost openers Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry without a run on the board.
But a century from James Vince and major contributions from George Bailey, Sean Ervine and Adam Wheater enabled Hampshire to recover to 454 for seven declared.
Leicestershire responded with an abject 143 all out in fewer than 48 overs, with left arm pace bowler James Tomlinson undermining them with four for 23.
Following-on 311 behind, Leicestershire did at least make a fight of it in their second innings with Eckersley leading the way but there was no doubting which side were the happier as the rain began to fall.