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Lancashire batsmen cash in

Gareth Cross and Steven Croft each scored centuries as Lancashire batted through the final day in a tame draw with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Red Rose skipper Glen Chapple, whose side resumed 100 ahead on 63 for three, decided against offering Hampshire a target, instead allowing his batsmen prolonged time in the middle.

Cross took advantage with exactly 100 and the teams shook hands as soon as Croft had brought up his ton.

The pitch, which had posed all kinds of problems for batsmen over the previous three days, was docile in the sunshine and only three wickets fell all day.

First-innings centurion Andrea Agathangelou went with Lancashire’ score on 126, Karl Brown departed at 137 and Cross was removed at 298.

Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams used nine bowlers including himself as it became increasingly clear that a positive result was not going to be attained.

Agathangelou and Brown put on 99 for the fourth wicket before the former edged Sean Ervine to George Bailey after making 49.

Brown hit 10 fours, but also fell to Ervine - caught at the wicket for 58.

That proved to be Hampshire’s last success for 43 overs as Croft and Cross prospered.

Cross twice struck sixes and also hit 12 fours during a stand of 161 before falling to James Vince’s occasional medium-pace.

Even then, Lancashire did not declare, Croft being afforded the opportunity to reach three figures from 147 balls in the company of Wayne White, who finished unbeaten on 29.

Both sides took eight points from the game.

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