LV County Championship - Division One
The Rose Bowl
Hampshire 548 (J H K Adams 147, Imran Tahir 77 no, M J Lumb 68, L A Dawson 55, D G Cork 52, O A C Banks 4-120) & 9-0 v Somerset 393 (M E Trescothick 118, C Kieswetter 94, Imran Tahir 7-140) & 294 (M E Trescothick 73, C Kieswetter 70)
Bad light ruined a mouth-watering finish at the Rose Bowl as Hampshire and Somerset played out a draw in their LV County Championship clash.
The hosts had been set a target of 140 runs with 17 overs of play remaining but umpires Mark Benson and Nick Cook abandoned the match after only 11 balls of their innings.
Somerset began the day following on at 50 without loss and still needing another 105 to force Hampshire to bat again.
Former England opener Marcus Trescothick again top-scored for Somerset as he added 73 to his first innings century before edging a Danny Briggs delivery to Dominic Cork at slip.
Cork himself was in formidable form during the morning session, bowling Arul Suppiah, dismissing Somerset captain Justin Langer and trapping James Hildreth leg before wicket.
When Trescothick departed the visitors had slumped to 152 for five, but Craig Kieswetter along with Peter Trego halted Hampshire's charge.
They put on a stand of 58 for the sixth wicket before Trego pushed forward to Imran Tahir and gave Jimmy Adams a catch at short leg.
But Kieswetter continued to prove resilient and had reached a total of 70 when he lifted a delivery from David Griffiths to mid-on, where Liam Dawson held the catch.
After the tenth wicket fell, Hampshire were left with a reachable target if they scored rapidly but before two overs were bowled play had been stopped.
Somerset were made to follow-on by Hampshire on day three, despite Marcus Trescothick's seventh LV County Championship century of the season.
Opening batsman Trescothick hit 118 - and shared a 147-run, sixth-wicket stand with Craig Kieswetter (94) - as Somerset extended their first innings from 98-3 to 393 all out.
Dominic Cork (2-39) struck twice early in the day, removing nightwatchman Alfonso Thomas (15) and Zander de Bruyn (0), to put the Cidermen in deep trouble at 113-5.
But Trescothick and Kieswetter counter-attacked in stylish fashion to raise the visitors' hopes of avoiding the follow-on.
However, leg-spinner Imran Tahir removed both and then ran through the lower order to finish with figures of 7-140 as Somerset conceded a deficit of 155.
Hampshire skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas chose to enforce the follow-on as his side scented the victory that would ease their relegation worries.
But Somerset openers Trescothick (26no) and Arul Suppiah (20no) reached stumps at 50-0 in the second innings, still 105 behind, heading into a potentially exciting final day.
Imran Tahir reduced Somerset to 98-3 in reply to Hampshire's 548 at stumps on day two at the Rose Bowl.
Leg-spinner Tahir (3-52) accounted for Arul Suppiah (35), Justin Langer (0) and James Hildreth (4) in the space of 11 deliveries as the Cidermen collapsed late in the day.
Marcus Trescothick (36no), who shared a 76-run opening stand with Suppiah, stood firm and will resume on the third morning alongside nightwatchman Alfonso Thomas (8no).
Earlier, Hampshire had extended their first innings from 286-4 to 548 all out with Dominic Cork and Tahir both hitting half-centuries.
Opening batsman Jimmy Adams, on 113 overnight, reached 147 before being bowled by left-arm seamer Charl Willoughby (3-117) as Hampshire were reduced to 337-6.
But rapid contributions from Cork (52), Tahir (77no) and last man Danny Briggs (36) took the hosts past the 500 mark.
In-form Hampshire opener Jimmy Adams struck an unbeaten 113 on day one of his side's LV County Championship Division One clash with Somerset at the Rose Bowl.
The left-hander's contribution helped the home side up to 286-4 at stumps as Somerset's title ambitious took another setback on the south coast.
Adams and make-shift opener Liam Dawson immediately justified captain Dimitri Mascarenhas' decision to bat first with a 104-run stand for the first wicket.
Dawson, 19, struck nine fours in his 111-ball stay, however he was denied just his second first-class century when he was trapped lbw by off-spinner Omari Banks.
Michael Lumb joined fellow left-hander Adams in the middle and the pair batted for almost the entire second session during a classy 121-run partnership.
Lumb cracked 12 fours before he edged through to Marcus Trecothick at slip to become Banks' second wicket of the day.
Somerset sensed a fightback when they dismissed youngster James Vince and Sean Ervine in quick succession, however wicketkeeper Nic Pothas (27no) joined Adams in the middle and the pair safely negotiated the remainder of the day.