James Vince century earns lead for Hampshire
LV County Championship Division One, The Rose Bowl
Close of play, day three: Sussex 438, Hampshire 480
Hants 6pts, Sussex 4pts
James Vince hit a hundred as Hampshire batted throughout the third day at The Rose Bowl to build a slender first innings lead against Sussex.
Vince hit 157 as Hampshire totalled 480, bowled out in the day's final over to earn a 42-run first innings lead.
Sussex-born Vince was well backed by half centuries from South Afrcian Johannes Myburgh (80) and Hampshire skipper Dominic Cork (50).
But, barring a Sussex declaration, the final day looks set to end in a draw.
Wiltshire-raised Vince's knock against the county of his birth proved to be an 283-ball vigil.
Resuming on 145-3, replying to Sussex's 438 and still in slight danger of being forced to follow on if they lost early wickets, Vince and Myburgh dug in with a significant fourth-wicket stand of 178 in 57 overs.
They took the score to 288 before Sussex made their first breakthrough after lunch when Myburgh was caught behind after hitting his highest score for Hampshire.
Tiring Sussex might have felt they had broken the back of the Hampshire resistance at 384-6, but then Vince was joined by his captain Cork in a rapid stand of 77.
Naved Arif was the most successful of the Sussex bowlers with 4-70, while wicketkeeper Andy Hodd finished with six catches.
But the placid wicket made life as hard for the Sussex bowlers as it had done for Hampshire's on the first two days of the match.
CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY
BBC Solent's Steve Sheppard:
"A day remembered for an outstanding innings by James Vince. Despite Hants fans concerns about their batting, his innings was a careful studious and sometimes classy 157.
"And former England all-rounder Dominic Cork's nifty 50 was much to the pleasure of the home crowd.
"Hats off, or should we say gloves off, to Andrew Hodd, who took six amazing catches."