CAPTAIN James Vince hailed the performances of Hampshire bowling duo Mohammad Abbas and Kyle Abbott, describing the pair as "deadly" in recent weeks.

Both impressed again last time out, as Hants were thwarted by the weather in their pursuit of victory over Leicestershire.

Abbott led the way with figures of six for 47, his third successive five-wicket haul, as the visitors were all out for just 84 at Ageas Bowl.

Abbas contributed with three wickets in the drawn contest.

Both men are inside the top 10 for wickets taken in the County Championship this year, with Abbott third on the overall list, three behind leader Craig Overton of Somerset.

"On the pitches we've been playing on, they're deadly," said Vince of Abbott and Abbas.

"They hit off stump more than a lot of other bowlers around the country and on pitches we've been playing on, if you can do that, with the energy on the ball and the natural movement they're able to get, it's going to be hard for opposition.

"We saw it at Middlesex and then again (against Leicestershire). When they get it right and there's a little bit in the pitch, they'll find it and make it incredibly tough for the opposition."

Hampshire sit third in their County Championship Group Two table, with a week off before facing second-placed Somerset from next Thursday.

"There's a pack of three or four at the top there and we've got them all to play," said Vince.

"We've got a nice little gap to refresh and then if we can play some good cricket against the teams that are up there and around us, then we give ourselves the best possible chance."