COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Liverpool: CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY THREE: Hampshire 160 & 275-5, Lancashire 398 (Lancs 7pts, Hants 3pts)
Adams faced 283 balls for his unbeaten 109, hitting 12 fours
Hampshire opener Jimmy Adams hit an unbeaten century but could not stop Lancashire from closing in on victory on day three at Aigburth.
After Hampshire resumed on 15-0, 223 behind, Adams painstakingly batted through the day for his 109 not out.
He was supported by Sean Ervine (48) and Neil McKenzie (31), as Hampshire closed on 275-5, a lead of 37.
Tom Smith picked up 3-56 for the hosts, who were denied the services of skipper Glen Chapple due to a calf injury.
Adams saw Michael Carberry top-edge Kyle Hogg to wicketkeeper Gareth Cross and Phil Hughes edge the left-arm spin of Gary Keedy to slip before he combined with McKenzie for a third-wicket stand of 73.
After McKenzie nicked Smith behind, James Vince saw his off stump disturbed by the same bowler to leave Hampshire in deep trouble at 141-4.
But Ervine joined Adams for more resistance in a fifth-wicket partnership of 78 that was ended when the former Zimbabwe international edged Smith to first slip.
That was last wicket to fall as Adams, who took 91 balls to get through the 80s and 90s, was joined by Michael Bates (27 not out) to see Hampshire safely through to the close.