Hampshire struggle against Worcestershire

LV County Championship Division One, The Rose Bowl
Close of play, day three: Hampshire, 179 & 84-6, Worcestershire 204
Hampshire 3pts, Worcestershire 4pts
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Worcestershire emerged with the upper hand despite a first-innings collapse on day three at the Rose Bowl.

The visitors resumed on 70-1 but lost five middle-order wickets for just six runs on their way to a disappointing 204 all out.

Vikram Solanki scored 79 not out as Imran Tahir (5-29) and Chris Wood (4-35) did the damage for Hampshire.

But the home side found the going equally difficult, reaching 84-6 at the close - a lead of 59.

Gareth Andrew took 3-31 as the home side struggled to impose themselves on the Worcestershire attack.

The visitors will begin the final day hoping for early wickets and good weather as they attempt to turn their advantage into a vital win.

CLOSE OF PLAY VIEWS

BBC Hereford and Worcester's Trevor Owens:

"This was an extraordinary day in which fortunes ebbed and flowed throughout as Worcestershire looked set for a big first innings lead until they lost five wickets for six runs immediately after lunch.

"Chris Wood and Imran Tahir bowled very well for Hampshire, but Vikram Solanki's fine unbeaten innings of 79 could yet prove crucial as it did at least ensure Worcestershire had a first innings lead.

"Kemar Roach then served notice of what he might be capable of when he adjusts fully to English conditions by taking two wickets, while Gareth Andrew weighed in with three as Worcestershire again seized the initiative late in the day.

"Worcestershire will feel that, if they can take quick wickets on the final morning, this game is theirs for the taking."