Hain hundred helps Bears draw with Hampshire

Vitality County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day three)

Hampshire 298 & 453-6 dec: Vince 166*, Dawson 120; Hannon-Dalby 3-65

Warwickshire 254 & 321-9: Hain 111*, Burgess 79; Fuller 3-54, Abbott 2-55

Warwickshire (12 pts) drew with Hampshire (12 pts)

Match scorecard

Warwickshire's last pair Sam Hain and Olly Hannon-Dalby batted out the final five overs as the Bears escaped with a draw against Hampshire.

Having resumed on 40-1, it looked as if they were heading for a dismal defeat when they slumped to 123-6.

And Hampshire, who had beaten champions Surrey by an innings in their previous game in May, looked to be homing in on a second straight victory.

But centurion Hain, with his first hundred of the summer, shared a 179-run seventh-wicket stand with wicket-keeper Michael Burgess.

And, although Burgess went for 79, to start a late flurry of three wickets, Hain found a reliable partner in last man Hannon-Dalby.

Hain, who had earlier completed his 50th first-class fifty for Warwickshire before turning into his 17th hundred for the county, finished unbeaten on 111 after surviving a painful late blow on his elbow - on only his third start of the summer.

Hannon-Dalby lasted 11 balls to register the 60th not out of his first-class career.

It was all Hampshire earlier as only first-innings half-centurion Dan Mousley (37) and nighwatchman Danny Briggs (25) made any worthwhile contributions.

Bears old boy Keith Barker and Kyle Abbott each took two wickets - and it looked an inevitable outcome.

But the hosts had more about them than that and for almost four hours Hain and Burgess looked untroubled.

Then spinner Felix Organ got one to turn and bounce to have Burgess snapped up by Nick Gubbins at silly point. And just 14 balls later, Hampshire struck again after another James Vince bowling change, bringing back Fuller for Barker.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes, who made just six in the first innings, again went cheaply, as he was bowled by Fuller - and suddenly there was a real hope that Hampshire might snatch victory after all.

But Hain and Hannon-Dalby saw it through to earn the still winless Bears their sixth draw in eight games - and keep them 17 points clear of their Midlands neighbours, also winless Worcestershire, in the first of the two relegation places.

Warwickshire now head for Taunton this Sunday to face Somerset, while Hants, who move up to fifth, host bottom club Kent.