Tomlinson forces Leics follow-on
Leicestershire 0 for 0 and 143 (Tomlinson 4-23, Wood 3-30) trail Hampshire 454 for 7 dec (Vince 148) by 311 runs
James Tomlinson took four quick wickets as Leicestershire were forced to follow-on on day two against Hampshire.
Left-arm pace bowler Tomlinson exploited the swinging bowling conditions with great skill as Leicestershire were bowled out for 143 in response to Hampshire's first innings total of 454 for 7 declared. They will therefore begin day three 311 runs behind their hosts.
Leicestershire openers Michael Thornely and Niall O'Brien had to bat out the last two overs of the day without scoring when following on but the damage had already been done. Tomlinson made the ball move both ways to finish with 4 for 23 while another left-armer, Chris Wood took 3 for 30 as Leicestershire collapsed from 31 without loss.
Earlier Hampshire had resumed on 286 for 4 and had little difficulty in adding a further 168 in 39 overs for the loss of Sean Ervine, James Vince and Wood. Ervine departed at 308, bowled by Matthew Hoggard, but Vince was in imperious form, reaching his century with his 17th boundary off Shiv Thakor as Hampshire built a formidable total.
Vince and newcomer Adam Wheater added 104 for the sixth wicket in 29 overs before Vince lofted debut-making pace bowler Ollie Freckingham into the deep where Thakor held the catch. Vince faced 236 balls for his 148 and struck 21 boundaries, but even then the punishment was not over.
Wheater, signed in the close season from Essex, blasted a rapid unbeaten 56 and Wood took advantage of a demoralised attack to make a swift 28 before being bowled by Jigar Naik to prompt the declaration.
Thornely and O'Brien gave no hint of the tribulations to come with an opening stand of 31 but when Wood had O'Brien caught at first slip by Ervine, the batting was processional.
Tomlinson's first victim was Thornely, followed in rapid succession by Ned Eckersley and Josh Cobb to make inexperienced Leicestershire 64 for 4, a position from which they never recovered. Only captain Ramnaresh Sarwan hung around long enough to make an impression, hitting five fours in his top score of 25 before he was bowled by Ervine.
At 118 for 9 Leicestershire looked doomed but then last pair Hoggard and Alex Wyatt attempted to bring some respectability to the score with an aggressive stand of 25 before Tomlinson returned to claim his fourth wicket when Hoggard drove to third slip.
Hampshire fielders surrounded the Leicestershire openers when the follow-on was enforced but they survived to the close.