Hampshire v Derbyshire, Ageas Bowl, 4th day June 4, 2014

Tomlinson can't beat the weather

Press Association

Derbyshire 257 (Palladino 60*, Briggs 5-50) and 107 for 8 (Tomlinson 3-16) drew with Hampshire 388 (Wheater 87, Palladino 4-97) and 214 for 5 dec. (Adams 67)

Division Two leaders Hampshire were left frustrated after being unable to close out victory against bottom side Derbyshire on a rain-hit final day at the Ageas Bowl. But with Worcestershire also drawing against Surrey at The Oval, Hampshire remain four points ahead at the top of the table.

With the morning session a wash-out, play was not able to start in Southampton until 2:30pm when Derbyshire resumed on 31 without loss chasing an improbable 346 for victory. Led by some fine bowling from left-armer James Tomlinson, the hosts ripped out eight wickets before finally being checked by the weather just before 6pm.

When the players were able to get out onto the field, there was a swift breakthrough as Tomlinson had Paul Borrington caught behind from the first delivery. Fellow opener Stephen Moore, adding just three to his overnight 22, and then Marcus North both swiftly followed as Tomlinson struck again to leave Derbyshire 40 for 3.

Matt Coles trapped Scott Elstone leg before without troubling the scorers and the visitors were five men down when captain Wayne Madsen was caught in the slips. Wicketkeeper Gareth Cross and Alex Hughes managed to steer Derbyshire to 51 for 5 at tea.

In the first over of the final session, Kyle Abbott had Cross lbw for 5 as the visitors' tail were left with some 32 overs to try to navigate safely.

Left-arm spinner Danny Briggs, who claimed 5 for 50 in the first innings, chalked up another wicket when he trapped David Wainwright lbw for 22 to leave Derbyshire holding on at 94 for 7. Briggs struck again when Tony Palladino went the same way, adding just 2, leaving a potential 20 overs left to wrap things up.

But cruelly for the rampant hosts the weather returned to hamper that victory bid, with the players taken off at just after 5:15pm when Derbyshire were 104 for 8. Hampshire looked to then have 8.4 overs to finish off the visitors, but bad light finally called an end to proceedings.

Hughes was unbeaten on 18, which came from 85 balls and just shy of two hours in the middle, while tail-ender Tim Groenewald had made four in Derbyshire's 107 for 8 off 52 overs.

Tomlinson finished with an impressive 3 for 16 from his 11 overs, which included seven maidens.