Hampshire edge to thrilling victory

  • Last Updated: July 22 2012, 19:10 BST

James Tomlinson emerged as Hampshire's hero as they collected a thrilling two-run victory over Essex in their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Chelmsford.

James Tomlinson: Hampshire hero

The left-arm fast bowler took 5 for 86 including the wicket of Adam Wheater, who was last out for 98 as the hosts fell tantalisingly short of their 360-run target.

Wheater's swashbuckling innings spanning 111 deliveries contained four sixes and a dozen fours before he holed out to Sean Ervine on the long-on boundary.

Earlier Tomlinson seemed to have put the visitors in sight of a comfortable triumph when he roared in after lunch with three quick wickets.

But Wheater scored all 40 of a last-wicket partnership with Tom Craddock before finding Ervine's grateful hands with the victory in sight.

In the other game to finish on Sunday, centuries from Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace and Kent's Sam Northeast ensured the two sides' Division Two clash ended in stalemate.

The hosts posted 168 for two in their second innings on a pedestrian final afternoon in Canterbury as former England Under-19 batsman Northeast carried his excellent limited-overs form of late into the four-day game by stroking 11 fours.

Wallace had earlier posted a 192-ball century and featured in a ninth-wicket stand with Dean Cosker worth 103 in 19 overs that denied Kent their chance to enforce the follow-on.