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Match Drawn

Hants vs Worcs

Wood blast saves Hampshire

Pears denied by combination of rain and lower-order resistance

Wood: rapid half-century on brief final day

Hampshire's Chris Wood smashed a quickfire half-century to help his side avoid any lingering risk of defeat against Worcestershire on the final day at the Rose Bowl.

Division One's bottom two sides finally got under way after a long rain delay,

with Hampshire just 59 runs to the good at 84-6 and staring down the barrel of a defeat.

But Wood took an extraordinary approach to batting out time, hammering an unbeaten 56 from just 42 balls in an unbroken stand of 79 with Dimitri Mascarenhas (25no) before captains Dominic Cork and Daryl Mitchell shook hands on a draw.

Worcestershire's seven points lift them out of the relegation zone, two points above Yorkshire, who have played a game more.

Hampshire are 20 points adrift of the Tykes, who they also have a game in hand on, at the bottom.

Day Three

Worcestershire's seamers ripped through Hampshire's top order on the third evening to leave the Pears within sight of victory heading into the final day of their Division One relegation battle at the Rose Bowl.

Hampshire slumped to 84-6 in their second innings, an overall lead of 59, before bad light came to their rescue.

Seam bowlers Gareth Andrew (3-31), Kemar Roach (2-13) and Alan Richardson (1-18) did the damage for Worcestershire, who had earlier suffered a collapse of their own after play started 75 minutes late due to rain.

The visitors, on 112-1 in their first innings overnight, lost their final nine wickets for 69 runs, including five in 22 balls to slip from 135-1 to 141-6.

Hampshire seamer Chris Wood took 4-35 and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, belatedly introduced into the attack as the sixth bowler used, bamboozled the lower order for figures of 5-29.

Worcestershire number three Vikram Solanki was present throughout the carnage and was left high and dry on 79 not out in a total of 204.

The Pears will move above Yorkshire and out of the relegation zone with a win or draw on the final day, while defeat would leave rock-bottom Hampshire contemplating life in Division Two next season.

Day Two

Worcestershire made up for lost time at the Rose Bowl, bowling relegation rivals Hampshire out for just 179 on day two.

Alan Richardson, Richard Jones and Gareth Andrew all claimed three wickets apiece as home skipper Dominic Cork was left to regret his decision to bat first after winning the toss in the crucial Division One fixture.

At once stage Hampshire were 79-6 before a minor recovery saw their last

four wickets add exactly 100 runs, Chris Wood making 36 of them.

He hit five boundaries and shared in Hampshire's best stand of the innings, 48 for the seventh wicket with Sean Ervine (27), while Cork weighed in with 22 before becoming the ninth wicket to fall with the score on 160.

The Pears, who started the match 21 points above their opponents, reached the close of day two on 112-1 in reply, meaning they trail by only 67.

Daryl Mitchell was the only Worcestershire wicket to fall, trapped leg before by Imran Tahir for 35, but James Cameron (41 not out) and Vikram Solanki, who finished up unbeaten on 26, put their side in a strong position.

Day One

Bottom clubs Hampshire and Worcestershire suffered a frustrating day at the Rose Bowl, with poor weather preventing any play

Heavy overnight rain and drizzle throughout the day put paid to any chance of action in the cruicial relegation clash.

And when bad light made conditions worse, the days play was finally abandoned at 5.00pm without a ball being bowled.

After failing to win in their first 10 fixtures, bottom of the table Hampshire renewed gave their survival hopes a boost with surprise wins over Durham and Warwickshire.

Worcestershire are 21 points ahead of their hosts in second-last but went into the match on the back of a heavy defeat by Lancashire.

Match Details

Date
23rd - 26th Aug 2011
Toss
Venue
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Umpires
N J Llong and M J Saggers

hants BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Carberry c Mitchell b Richardson 6
Dawson lbw b Roach 11
N.D. McKenzie c Ali b Roach 4
Vince c Scott b Andrew 16
Ervine c Mitchell b Andrew 7
Pothas lbw b Andrew 16
Mascarenhas not out 25
Wood not out 56
Extras 8nb, 5w, 1b, 2lb 16
Total Declared, 46.0 Overs 157 - 6
Full Batting Card

worcs BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Roach 12 4 41 2
Richardson 12 4 38 1
Andrew 13 2 53 3
Jones 2 0 7 0
Ali 7 1 15 0
Full Bowling Card