Worcestershire, already relegated from the First Division, endured another miserable day as Michael Carberry's second century of the match left Hampshire in an impregnable position.
Set 532 for victory at Kidderminster –New Road remains unplayable – the home side slipped to 158 for 4 by the close of day three.
Carberry's 120 was seven short of his first innings total and he shared in an opening stand worth 199 with Michael Brown, who made 88. John Crawley and Jimmy Adams added a brisk 162 for the second wicket at more than a run a ball to allow Shane Warne to declare whereupon Shaun Udal struck with his third ball and only Moeen Ali, with an unbeaten 73, did much to bar Hampshire's progress.
In the Second Division, Nottinghamshire captain Stephen Fleming hit an unbeaten 217 from 239 balls against Derbyshire at Chesterfield. Chris Read, who will take over from the departing Fleming as captain next year, also made 90 as Notts amassed an imposing 500 for 6 on the first day.
Promoted Somerset are favourites to win their match with Essex, and clinch the title, after they reached 50 for 1 chasing a victory target of 182 at Chelmsford.
Gloucestershire were forced to follow on against Middlesex at Bristol. Tim Murtagh took 4 for 36 as Gloucestershire were dismissed for 152 replying to 440, and they were 94 for 3 by the close in their attempt to salvage the game.Reuse content