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Vince continues impressive start

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Hampshire's James Vince made the best of a heavily rain-affected draw with Surrey by hitting an impressive 159 in LV= County Championship Division Two.

The 23-year-old right-hander continued his impressive start to the new season with his second century, after posting 144 to begin the campaign at Gloucestershire.

Hampshire declared at 400 for six, having bagged all five batting bonus points, and after Surrey had replied with 99 for two the captains shook hands on a draw.

The result became inevitable once the third day at the Ageas Bowl was completely washed out after the first two days had been heavily interrupted by the weather.

Hampshire resumed their first innings on 289 for three today and their opponents did not take long to make an impact as Will Smith added only three more to his overnight total of 23 before being caught off Matt Dunn.

Vince, undeterred by the conditions, soldiered on and took his total past the 150-mark.

Stuart Meaker returned 2-72 and had Joe Gatting caught by Dominic Sibley for 11 before Vince finally fell two overs later.

Tom Curran drew a nick that wicketkeeper Steven Davies pouched to send Vince on his way, albeit not before he had hit his second-highest score for Hampshire.

Sean Ervine and Michael Bates guided the hosts to 363 for six at lunch, and the unbeaten pair took the total to 400 before the declaration.

The home side then enjoyed a strong start after the turnaround as Surrey skipper Graeme Smith managed just three before James Tomlinson trapped him lbw.

Fellow opener Rory Burns steadied matters with a composed unbeaten half-century that included seven fours.

At the other end, Sibley pushed for one run too many in the 21st over and was run out by Matt Coles on 20.

Zafar Ansari came to the crease and added 14 to the score but the match was declared a draw with Surrey 99 for two.

The result means Hampshire remain unbeaten and are now second in the table while Surrey are seventh and still looking for their first win of the season.

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