Foster bats on before Hants wilt

Hampshire 229 and 73 for 3 need another 354 runs to beat Essex 180 and 475 (Shah 161)Scorecard

Finding a modern-day captain who is prepared to make an adventurous declaration, even in the lee of the stand at West End named after Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, the most cavalier leader of them all, is near impossible. James Foster, who himself contributed significantly to a fine recovery by Essex, preferred to allow his side’s second innings to run its course. Hampshire, who must win this match to stand a chance of promotion, were left to make 427 to win.
Not that this appeared to be of…

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