Neil McKenzie century holds up Worcestershire

LV County Championship Division One, New Road
Close, day three: Worcestershire 403-8 dec, Hampshire 239 & 269-9
Worcs 8pts, Hants 3pts
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Hampshire's Neil McKenzie hit 106 to prevent Worcestershire wrapping up victory inside three days at New Road.

After dismissing Hampshire for 239, a first-innings deficit of 164, Worcestershire enforced the follow-on and soon had the visitors 40-4.

But McKenzie shared 143 for the fifth wicket with Nic Pothas (72) as he helped Hampshire to 269-9 at stumps, a slender lead of 105.

His vigil was ended when he was pinned lbw by Alan Richardson (5-58).

Richardson now has 9-114 in the match after finishing with 4-56 in the first innings as he and Shakib Al Hasan (4-42) mopped up the Hampshire tail within 25 minutes and for the addition of just seven runs on the third morning.

And Richardson soon saw off the visitors' openers in their second innings, having Jimmy Adams taken at second slip and Liam Dawson by wicketkeeper Ben Scott.

Jack Shantry chipped in by having Michael Lumb and James Vince caught in the slips, before Worcestershire's victory charge was held up by McKenzie and Pothas, who completed his second half-century of the match.

Their stand ensured Worcestershire would have to bat again in their bid to win successive matches, but Richardson got his side back on track when Pothas edged the first delivery after tea to second slip.

Shakib then made further inroads before Richardson finally broke McKenzie's resistance when he trapped him leg before after a 221-ball stay.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Hereford and Worcester's Dave Bradley:

"Excellent bowling by the ever-reliable Richardson has taken Worcestershire in sight of second successive home win, unheard of in the First Division of the County Championship.

"McKenzie's innings was high quality on a wicket where it was still doing a bit and had it not been for he and Pothas, Hampshire could have been heading home a day early.

"Shakib also twirled away to good effect and Saeed Ajmal has a lot to live up to as he jets into replace the Bangladeshi, who has become a very popular figure at New Road.

"Mention too of Worcestershire's close fielders; Mitchell pouching four in the slips and Pardoe hanging onto a fine low catch at short leg."

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