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Hampshire draw few positives

Dull draw at Old Trafford

Warne: Injury woe

LV County Championship - Division One
Old Trafford - Day Four
Hampshire 393 (S M Ervine 103 no, M J Lumb 64, J H K Adams 63) & 111-2 dec (M A Carberry 66 no) v Lancashire 403-8 dec (P J Horton 152, L D Sutton 100 no, S G Law 53)
Lancashire (12pts) drew with Hampshire (10pts)

Shane Warne and Hampshire suffered a bad break at Old Trafford as their match with Lancashire ended in a tame draw.

Paul Horton finished up with a career-best 152 while wicketkeeper Luke Sutton made a century as the home side reached 403-8.

The duo's efforts helped the home side pick up maximum batting points before they declared in an attempt to push for an unlikely victory on the final afternoon.

Their hopes soon disappeared though as Michael Carberry hit 66 not out to help the visitors reach 111-2 before stumps were drawn early.

However, the big story of the day did not happen on the field as it was confirmed that Hampshire captain has fractured a rib - possibly meaning an early end to his season.

The Australian spinner left the field after tea on the third day after aborting his 17th over and an MRI scan has now revealed the full extent of the damage.

LV County Championship - Division One
Old Trafford - day three
Hampshire 393 (S M Ervine 103 no, M J Lumb 64, J H K Adams 63) v Lancashire 296-4 (P J Horton 135 no, L D Sutton 69 no, S G Law 53)

The game looks to be heading for a draw after a gritty unbeaten century from Lancashire's Paul Horton.

The batsman's second successive four-day hundred helped his side to 296-3 at stumps after Sean Ervine had prolonged the Hampshire innings with a ton of his own.

Resuming on 331-8 Ervine took his score from 44 overnight to 103 not out with some controlled hitting and marshalling of the strike.

His last wicket stand of 50 with David Griffiths was brought up the tail-ender still waiting to get off the mark.

Daren Powell, playing his last game for Hampshire, was the pick of the visiting attack, removing Mark Chilton and Steven Croft early in the hosts' first dig.

But Horton dug in with Stuart Law (53) to give Lancashire some breathing space, adding 131 before James Bruce removed both Law and VVS Laxman.

However, Horton brought up his hundred off 212 balls while Luke Sutton had reached 69 not out at the close.

Day Two

Hampshire reached 331-8 as play finally got underway against Lancashire, but the row over the state of the Old Trafford outfield continued.

After the first day of the match was called off because of the condition of the outfield after two Arctic Monkeys concerts, the visiting players said that they only started the match on the second day "under duress and protest".

As the row continues between the two counties about the conditions at Old Trafford, on the pitch the Hampshire batsmen did well to make 331-8, with Michael Lumb top scoring with an entertaining 64.

Left-hander Jimmy Adams made 63 while former Lancashire skipper John Crawley made 47 against his old club.

Dominic Cork took 3-62 and Sean Ervine will resume for Hampshire on 44 not out on day three as the visitors look for more runs.

Day One

Lancashire and Hampshire were both thwarted by a wet outfield as no play was possible on day one at Old Trafford.

The umpires had no choice but to call off play shortly after 1pm with the ground in no fit state for action.

Both teams will be hoping the action can get underway on Wednesday as they look to make up ground on Division One leaders Sussex.

Hampshire - who were beaten in the final of the Friends Provident Trophy at the weekend - are currently fourth in the table, 18 points behind the leaders but with a game in hand.

Lancashire are a further four points back having played 11 games.