Hampshire facing points deduction

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Relegated Hampshire could end their 115 years at Southampton's County Ground by being deducted points. England and Wales Cricket Board officials saw another 10 wickets fall yesterday to add to the 16 on the first day, which led to the pitch being reported to Lord's.

Relegated Hampshire could end their 115 years at Southampton's County Ground by being deducted points. England and Wales Cricket Board officials saw another 10 wickets fall yesterday to add to the 16 on the first day, which led to the pitch being reported to Lord's.

Yorkshire ended the day 173 ahead at 181 for 6 in their second innings, after Shane Warne's 65 had helped Hampshire to 213. The spinner James Middlebrook finished with career-best figures of 6 for 82.

The match will be the last in the career of Hampshire's Peter Hartley, the oldest professional in the country. The 40-year-old fast bowler, playing his 232nd game, has missed an increasing number of matches due to a hamstring injury and has now decided to retire at the end of the season.

Rain washed out the other First Division matches between Derbyshire and Somerset at Derby, and Leicestershire and Kent at Grace Road, as well as the Second Division game between Worcestershire and Northamptonshire at New Road.

The weather jeopardised Worcestershire's chances of a top-three final placing, and also hit Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire's promotion ambitions. Rain restricted play at Bristol, where Gloucestershire moved to 73 for 1 in reply to Nottinghamshire's 216.

Glamorgan quickly made up for lost time even though only 15.2 overs were possible on the second day of their match against Middlesex at Cardiff.

Middlesex, replying to Glamorgan's 325, were tottering on 38 for 3 when bad light ended play 20 minutes early.

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