Bell failure follows Carberry double
Ian Bell, a strong candidate to replace the injured Kevin Pietersen for the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston next week, failed to score as Warwickshire's match with Hampshire petered out into a draw at the Rose Bowl.
Bell, who had made only seven in the first innings, lasted only six balls in the second of the LV= County Championship Divsion One match before he had his off-stump knocked back by Pakistani spinner Imran Tahir.
At that stage there were only 10 minutes remaining of the match, which ended soon afterwards with Warwickshire 23 for two in their second innings, two runs ahead when the match ended.
Despite Bell’s failure Warwickshire amassed 484 for seven in their first innings before declaring, thanks to a stand of 222 for the eighth wicket between Jonathan Trott and Chris Woakes.
But on a bland wicket Hampshire found batting just as easy and went on to make 505 before calling a halt when their injured captain Dimitri Mascarenhas was unable to resume his innings.
Mascarenhas gave Hampshire a scare on the eve of their Friends Provident Trophy final with Sussex at Lord’s when he was struck on the side of the head by a rising delivery from Irish pace bowler Boyd Rankin and came off the field without scoring.
But Hampshire insist Mascarenhas will be fit for the big game, Hampshire’s third final in the last five years.
Hampshire’s huge response was based around a career-best 204 from Michael Carberry and important contributions late on from Sean Ervine and Chris Tremlett.
Carberry’s mammoth innings came to an end when he drove Naqaash Tahir to point where Rikki Clarke held the catch.
Rankin was the most impressive of the Warwickshire bowlers and also accounted for Michael Lumb, John Crawley, who made 14, and then Liam Dawson after making 18.
Woakes dismissed Tom Burrows leg before at 387 but Hampshire continued their resistance.
Ervine and Tremlett put on 74 for the seventh wicket before Ant Botha bowled Tremlett and soon afterwards Imran Tahir was caught in the deep.
There was a rare cameo bowling performance from Tony Frost at the end and after 12 years as a professional he was rewarded with his first wicket when Ervine, who had scored 82, lofted him to mid-off where Ian Westwood clutched the catch.
Rankin finished with three for 117 as the most successful of the Warwickshire bowlers and his team resumed their second innings 21 ahead but with time running out.
Frost made only three before he drove Imran Tahir to mid-on where Tremlett held onto the catch and Warwickshire were still eight in arrears when Bell came out in front of a tiny crowd.
But the experienced England candidate failed to make the most of his late opportunity and the game was called off when Warwickshire went two runs ahead.