Hampshire rescued by Carberry

Hampshire 337 & 229-3 Lancashire 568-5 dec
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Michael Carberry continued in his rich vein of form with a fourth century in six innings to ensure Hampshire drew with Lancashire in a high-scoring match at the Rose Bowl. He hit 136 not out as Hampshire, 231 in arrears on their first innings, took advantage of a placid pitch.

Lancashire were without key bowlers Glen Chapple and Sajid Mahmood and their weakened attack never looked like taking advantage of their big lead. They had resumed the fourth day at 487 for four in their first innings and from the second ball of the morning session lost VVS Laxman, who failed to add to his overnight 135 before edging a catch to Sean Ervine at slip.

Even with Laxman's dismissal there was no respite for the Hampshire attack, in which nine bowlers were used. Francois du Plessis and Luke Sutton added a further 81 for the sixth wicket before Sutton decided that, with two sessions left, a declaration needed to be made. Du Plessis was 86 not out when Sutton called a halt, having hit 13 fours and a six, and the most successful of the toiling Hampshire attack was young pace bowler David Griffiths, who finished with creditable figures of four for 103.

Hampshire knew their only option was to battle for survival, and they had little difficulty in doing so as Carberry and Adams put on 75 for the first wicket before Kyle Hogg bowled Adams.

Former Lancashire batsman John Crawley, who announced his retirement during the match, had a chance to go out in style but made only 12 before edging young spin bowler Stephen Pally to Laxman at slip. James Vince was the next to go at 142, giving Gary Keedy a wicket in a long stint of 24 overs when the teenage batsman guided him again to Laxman. Carberry then took over, plundering the bowling in an innings of 18 fours and two sixes as he and Liam Dawson made sure there were no further mishaps.

Carberry's 136 came off 229 balls and took him past 1,000 runs for the season and with Dawson put on an unbeaten 87 for the fourth wicket.

*Mark Ramprakash moved up a place on the all-time first-class century-makers list but Surrey could not clinch victory in their LV County Championship match against Derbyshire at Whitgift School. They were frustrated by Wayne Madsen, who only made his county cricket debut a month ago but scored 108 not out as Derbyshire finished on 232 for five to earn a draw.

Ramprakash, 39, touted by some for an England return for the final Ashes Test, scored 134 not out off 150 balls. It was his 108th first-class centuryand put him level with Zaheer Abbas in 16th place on the all-time list.