Hampshire vs Derbyshire

Match info: County Championship Division 2 at The Ageas Bowl

Date: 4th Jun 2014 Status: Day 4 of 4 Umpires: P Willey and N G C Cowley

Home team and score Away team score

Hampshire

388 All out (110.5 Overs)
214/5 Dec (56.0 Overs)

Result

Derbyshire

257 All out (102.3 Overs)
107/8 (52.0 Overs)

Match Drawn

  • Last Updated: June 4 2014, 19:00 BST

LV= County Championship Division Two leaders Hampshire were left frustrated after being unable to close out their clash against bottom side Derbyshire on a rain-hit final day at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire's James Tomlinson: Impressed with the ball
Hampshire's James Tomlinson: Impressed with the ball

With the morning session a wash-out, play was not able to start in Southampton 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, the hosts 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.

Wicketkeeper Gareth Cross and Alex Hughes managed to get through to tea, with Derbyshire 51 for five.

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

Left-arm spinner Danny Briggs, who claimed five for 50 in the first innings, chalked up another wicket 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 just after 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.

Hughes was unbeaten on 18, which came from 85 balls and just shy of two hours in the middle, while tail-ender Tim Groenewald had made four in Derbyshire's 107 for eight off 52 overs.

Tomlinson finished with an impressive three for 16 from his 11 overs, which included seven maidens.

On Wednesday, Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams' 67 had help the Division Two leaders reach 214 for five declared to give themselves a chance of a fourth championship victory before the weather intervened.

However, with Worcestershire also drawing against Surrey at The Oval, Hampshire remain four points ahead at the top of the table.