Hampshire v Leicestershire: Ned Eckersley stands firm
|County Championship Division Two, Southampton|
|Close, day three: Hampshire 454-7 v Leicestershire 143 & 182-5|
|Hampshire 8pts, Leicestershire 2pts|
Determined batting by Ned Eckersley and a little help from the weather enabled Leicestershire to take the game against Hampshire into a final day.
Having had to follow on 311 in arrears, the prospects were not good for the visitors at the Ageas Bowl.
They were reduced to 95-4 but 23-year-old Eckersley stood firm, hitting 13 boundaries in an excellent innings.
He added 64 with Matthew Joyce (30), but was one run short of a century as they closed on 182-5, still 129 behind.
Brief weather interruptions meant only 72 overs were possible but, despite a good start, the Hampshire attack were unable to force a victory with a day to spare.
Left-arm spinner Danny Briggs was their most successful bowler, taking 2-34 - including the wicket of Joyce, who was caught by Chris Wood.