RAIN thwarted Hampshire and Lancashire’s attempts to play out a potentially thrilling LV= Insurance County Championship final day.

The first three days had set up the tantalising prospect of Lancashire needing 342 more runs and Hampshire requiring 10 wickets.

But light rain swept over the Ageas Bowl from around 10.30am, throughout the morning and afternoon.

Even with the prospect of a result evaporating, Hampshire were still keen to get onto the field to enhance their over rate – which sat at minus-one.

But conditions never improved and umpires Rob White and Nick Cook finally confirmed the draw at 5pm to the backdrop of both sets of players kicking footballs around.

Both sides claimed 12 points each in their quests to win the Championship, while Lancashire’s unbeaten run in first-class cricket away at Hampshire stretches to 33 years.