Ian Cockbain's second LV= County Championship century frustrated Hampshire on the final day of their Division Two game against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
An exciting finish looked in prospect when the hosts began the day on 102 for four, leading by only 97. But, with three of their seam bowlers - Paul Muchall (back), Ian Saxelby (knee) and David Payne (heel) - carrying injuries, Gloucestershire opted for a safety first approach and Cockbain's chanceless 112 enabled them to continue batting until well after tea.
By the time Gloucestershire had been bowled out for 277, a maximum of 18 overs remained to chase a target of 273. Only two had been bowled without a run scored when the teams shook hands at 5pm.
Essex captain James Foster hogged the crease on day two of their Division Two clash with Kent to give his side an invaluable 47-run first innings lead at Canterbury.
In hot and humid conditions, Foster batted for four and three quarter hours for his 76 to rescue his side from the depths of 23 for four to a respectable position of 273 all out, ably supported by Adam Wheater's somewhat speedier knock of 82 from 109 balls.
Charlie Shreck starred with the ball for the home side claiming five for 51 from his 25.4 overs.
Batting again with a first innings deficit of 47, Kent lost their captain Rob Key and nightwatchman Adam Riley was soon skittled by Maurice Chambers and, in the final over of the day, opening bat Sam Northeast was trapped on the back foot by a Harbhajan Singh flipper and went for three.
The hosts went in at nine for three and are now deep in trouble, trailing by 38 runs with only seven wickets in hand going into the third day of four.