Hampshire's batsmen battle back at Aigburth

LV County Championship Division One, Liverpool
Close, day two: Lancashire 388, Hampshire 229-5
Lancashire 5pts, Hampshire 4pts
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LV County Championship

Three Hampshire batsmen hit half centuries as the relegation-haunted visitors battled back against title-chasing Lancashire at Aigburth.

The home side eked out another batting point by reaching 388, skipper Glen Chapple going three short of a deserved century, while Kyle Hogg made 51.

But Hampshire responded well with a century opening stand from Jimmy Adams and Liam Dawson, who both made 54.

Sean Ervine was still there at the close on 52 as Hampshire reached 229-5.

All five Hampshire wickets went to the spinners, Gary Keedy taking 3-58, while Simon Kerrigan claimed 2-85.

The visitors, bottom of Division One and desperately needing a win to keep alive their hopes of survival alive, made a commanding start through Dawson and Adams, who backed up last year's marathon 194 on this ground and hit a double hundred in his side's win over Somerset last week. But Lancashire's decision to play two spinners could yet prove to be a wise one.

Earlier, Lancashire missed out on maximum batting points, Dimitri Mascarenhas taking two of the three wickets to fall.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

Radio Lancashire's Liam Bradford:

"Lancashire continued to keep a handle on this game thanks to spin duo Gary Keedy and Simon Kerrigan.

"The two slow left-armers dominated as the seamers found little in the Aigburth pitch, which provided plenty of turn on the second day.

"But the sixth-wicket partnership of 43 between Sean Ervine and Michael Bates could not have come at a better time for the visitors."

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