Derbyshire v Hampshire: Usman Khawaja fifty boosts leaders
|County Championship Division Two, Derby|
|Close, day two: Hampshire 272 v Derbyshire 167-5|
|Derbys 3pts, Hants 3pts|
Australian Usman Khawaja's unbeaten half-century pushed promotion-chasing Derbyshire towards their first batting bonus-point against Hampshire.
Resuming day two on 50-3, Khawaja (71 not out) put on 88 for the fourth wicket with Tony Palladino (58).
Sean Ervine (2-17) then took two quick wickets to check Derbyshire's progress.
Bad weather brought about an early close with the Division Two leaders 105 behind on 167-5 and 33 runs shy of a batting point.
VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX
BBC Radio Derby's Dave Jepson:
"Rain washed out any play after lunch with this game evenly poised.
"Palladino hit a particularly fluent 58, including two sixes. Although Dan Redfern then followed cheaply, Khawaja and Ross Whiteley survived to return tomorrow [Thursday].
"Derbyshire really need to bat past Hampshire's first innings 272 to give themselves the best chance of winning this game and, with it, seal promotion."