Honours even at Headingley
Yorkshire's rain-hit LV= County Championship Division Two match against Hampshire at Headingley Carnegie ended in the predictably dull draw which had seemed inevitable after the first 90 minutes of the final day were lost to light drizzle.
When play was able to resume following an early lunch, 24 of the day's ration of 96 overs had been lost, and the only chance of a positive result lay in Yorkshire picking up a cluster of wickets in quick time.
It did not happen as Hampshire's second-wicket pair of Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry dug their heels in and the visitors went on to reach 191 for two, an overall lead of 219, before declaring to end the match.
Yorkshire's new signing Mitchell Starc at least enjoyed a brief opportunity to get on to the field ahead of his debut tomorrow in the Clydesdale Bank 40 encounter with Derbyshire.
The Australian left-arm paceman came on as a substitute fielder for five minutes during the afternoon session to give him a 'feel' for the Test match venue.
Hampshire were 21 for one and leading by 49 when the final day got underway but progress was slow for Adams and Carberry against tight bowling from Ryan Sidebottom and Steven Patterson, the pick of Yorkshire's bowlers in this match.
Carberry went 35 minutes before adding to his overnight single but the nearest Yorkshire got to taking a wicket in the hour-long morning session came when Adil Rashid had him playing gently on to his off-stump, without sufficient force to dislodge a bail.
Carberry had to have treatment on his left hand after receiving a painful blow from a Patterson ball which reared sharply but the batsmen had little else to worry about until the afternoon when Adams edged Iain Wardlaw to Gerard Brophy and departed for 49 off 82 deliveries with nine fours.
Simon Katich, who made 196 in the first innings, was again in outstanding form and despite having been given 23 overs' start by Carberry he completed his 50 just before tea while his partner was on 36.
Carberry went on to drive Rashid for a straight six to go to his half-century off 151 balls and when the stumps were pulled up both batsmen were on 61, their third-wicket stand worth 103.