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Hampshire take complete control

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James Tomlinson took four quick wickets as Leicestershire were forced to follow-on on day two of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against Hampshire.

Left-arm pace bowler Tomlinson exploited conditions conducive to swing bowling with great skill as Leicestershire were dismissed for 143 in response to Hampshire's first-innings 454 for seven declared.

Having survived two runless overs in their second innings, they will begin day three 311 runs behind their hosts.

Tomlinson made the ball move both ways to finish with 4-23 while another left-armer, Chris Wood, took 3-30 as Leicestershire collapsed from 31 without loss.

Earlier, Hampshire had resumed on 286 for four and had little difficulty in adding a further 168 in 39 overs for the loss of Sean Ervine, James Vince and Wood.

Michael Thornely

Michael Thornely goes for 14 in Leicestershire's first-innings 143. He was back at the crease by stumps as the visitors followed on

Ervine departed for 69, bowled by Matthew Hoggard, but Vince was in imperious form, reaching a century with his 17th boundary, off Shiv Thakor, as Hampshire built a formidable total.

Vince and newcomer Adam Wheater added 104 for the sixth wicket in 29 overs before Vince lofted debut-making pace bowler Ollie Freckingham into the deep where Thakor held a catch.

Vince faced 236 balls for his 148 and struck 21 fours, but even then the punishment was not over.

Wheater, signed in the close season from Essex, blasted a rapid unbeaten 56 and Wood took advantage of a demoralized attack to make a swift 28 before being bowled by Jigar Naik to prompt the declaration.

Michael Thornely and Niall O'Brien gave no hint of the tribulations to come with an opening stand of 31 but, after Wood had O'Brien caught at first slip by Ervine, the batting was processional.

Tomlinson's first victim was Thornely, followed in rapid succession by Ned Eckersley and Josh Cobb to make inexperienced Leicestershire 64 for four, a position from which they never recovered.

Only captain Ramnaresh Sarwan hung around long enough to make an impression, hitting five fours in his top score of 25 before he was bowled by Ervine.

At 118 for nine Leicestershire looked doomed, but then last pair Hoggard and Alex Wyatt attempted to bring some respectability to the score with an aggressive stand of 25 before Tomlinson returned to claim his fourth wicket when Hoggard drove to third slip.

Hampshire fielders surrounded the Leicestershire openers when the follow-on was enforced, but they survived to the close.

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