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Adams reaches landmark in stalemate

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Derbyshire and Hampshire drew their rain-affected LV= County Championship Division Two match after the weather and bad light played a part on the final day at the 3aaa County Ground.

Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams scored 84 and brought up 10,000 first-class runs for his county, while the visitors progressed from their overnight second-innings score of 20 without to 236 for three - a lead of 165 - but bad light forced the teams from the pitch, with a draw the eventual outcome.

It means Derbyshire and Hampshire both scored 11 points, with the latter top of the Division Two standings following the result.

With Hampshire resuming the final day 51 runs behind their hosts, Adams and opening partner Michael Carberry saw off the opening overs by Tim Groenewald, who would have reached the 250 first-class wicket milestone with a decision today.

Instead, the Derbyshire seamer plugged away to return figures 0-28 from 11 overs, with Hampshire moving to 93 without loss at lunch, England's Carberry having accrued 41 and Adams 44.

The hosts had the chance to dismiss Adams on 51 shortly after the resumption when he edged Chesney Hughes, but neither wicketkeeper Richard Johnson nor Wayne Madsen could hold on to the chance.

The breakthrough eventually came off Wes Durston in the 49th over, though, when Carberry was caught at cover by Hughes.

Liam Dawson fell 10 overs later with 22 to his name after Stephen Moore held on to a fantastic catch at cover off Mark Footitt – the left-arm seamer en route to 2-27 – to leave Hampshire on 151 for two with a lead of 80.

Adams was the next man out, trapped lbw by the same bowler after 196 balls and 223 minutes at the crease, and following a short time of bedding in for new batsman Will Smith, who joined James Vince in the middle, the rain came and the teams went off for an early tea.

After an extended break, Hampshire returned and Vince moved to within two runs of a half-century, while Smith added two more to his score, before bad light brought another halt to proceedings.

Play resumed for one more over before bad light forced the sides off again, with Vince notching 50 and Smith returning to the pavilion on half that amount as play was called off for the day.

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