LV County Championship - Division One
The Rose Bowl
Sussex 332 (M W Goodwin 121, M J Prior 62, S E Bond 7-66) v Hampshire 319-7 (M J Lumb 82, J H K Adams 50) Hampshire (10pts) drew with Sussex (9pts)
No play - rain
Hampshire advanced their first innings from 304-6 to 319-7 during the 11 overs that were possible on the third day at the Rose Bowl.
A combination of rain and bad light frustrated the players for most of the day.
In the brief passage that was possible, Michael Lumb departed - lbw to Robin Martin-Jenkins - for 82.
Hampshire still trail by 13 runs on first innings and a positive result looks unlikely with just one day remaining.
Hampshire managed to gain control on day two of their clash with Sussex at The Rose Bowl.
Having opening the day on 4-1, Hampshire made steady progress to reach 304-6 by stumps to move to 28 runs short of Sussex's first-innings total.
The Hampshire middle order provided the lion share of the runs after Michael Brown and James Tomlinson fell for 20 and 21 respectively, with Michael Lumb leading the way.
The South African-born left-hander finished the day on 77 not out off of 133 balls, including 11 fours and a six - however Sussex could be left to pay for dropping Lumb on 55, with Michael Yardy spilling the chance off Chris Liddle.
Jimmy Adams did fall for a patient 50 off 121 balls, though, while John Crawley (47) and Nic Pothas (40) both added valuable runs.
Kenyan-born Ragheb Aga was the pick off the Sussex bowlers, finishing on 2-52, while Robin Martin-Jenkins added the wicket of Adams to his overnight victim of Michael Carberry.
A career-best return of 7-66 for New Zealand paceman Shane Bond was overshadowed by a 53rd first-class century from Murray Goodwin on the opening day of the season at The Rose Bowl.
Goodwin underpinned the Sussex total of 332 with an innings of 121 that including 17 boundaries, adding partnerships of 91 with skipper Chris Adams (30) and 116 with Matt Prior (62) to give the visitors the upper hand at 317-4.
However, Bond, who had earlier removed Carl Hopkinson and Mike Yardy, returned to claim another five wickets for five runs in 17 deliveries with the second new ball to make a nonsense of the batsmen's previously serene progress.
There was enough in the pitch to suggest Sussex had the best of the day though, with Goodwin largely untroubled in reaching his landmark with successive boundaries off James Tomlinson.
But Prior's dismissal - lbw to the second new ball - sparked a collapse, rising star Luke Wright edging to first slip for a fifth-ball duck before Bond saw off Robin Martin-Jenkins, Ragheb Aga and finally Mushtaq Ahmed.
Goodwin stood alone but was ninth out when Chris Tremlett had him caught behind, although Sussex's collapse left time for the hosts to lose opener Michael Carberry late in the day, falling lbw to Martin-Jenkins to leave the hosts 4-1 in reply.