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Bears crawl to a draw...

WARWICKSHIRE and Hampshire settled for a County Championship draw at Edgbaston after a final day which had promised much but delivered only stalemate.

At start of play both sides had a sniff of victory as Warwickshire resumed on 47 without loss, needing another 332 to reel in their target of 379, while Hampshire had to find ten wickets.

It was the Bears, their innings given a brisk start by Ian Westwood the previous evening, who appeared to be in a position from which to push for victory.

But they never sought to accelerate, finishing on 244 for five. Captain Varun Chopra batted throughout the day to record his 17th first-class century, a rock-solid if colourless composition which brought him an unbeaten 119 from 309 balls with 13 fours.

Chopra said: "You could tell Hampshire had played a game already and we hadn't but there were some good performances from us."

Fellow century-maker Tim Ambrose is a doubt for the Bears' next game, against Yorkshire at Headingley, after suffering a gluteal strain.

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Date:Apr 23, 2015
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