Day four at Headingley could not have been further removed from the excitement experienced at Bristol a week earlier. It was a day for batting and bowling practice after 90 minutes and 24 overs of the morning session were lost to light drizzle.
Starting play with a lead of 49 runs Hampshire had insufficient time to set Yorkshire a challenging target after Yorkshire had turned down an offer to chase 270 in 45 overs later in the day.
Jimmy Adams played well for 49 while Yorkshire threw the kitchen sink at the Hampshire top order, knowing that early wickets was their only chance of a positive result.
Adams fell to Iain Wardlaw who got one to nip away and edged to Gerard Brophy after he and Michael Carberry had added 70 for the second wicket to nullify and chance of a third successive win for Andrew Gale’s side.
Simon Katich added an unbeaten 61 to his first innings 196, reaching his fifty in 65 balls with 8 fours. Carberry was more restrained, other than clobbering Adil Rashid into the Rugby Stand. He reached his fifty in 51 balls with that six and also ended play not out on 61.
Hampshire declared on 191-2 as the captains shook hands as the final hour was not required. Yorkshire finish the sixth round of fixtures in second place and are 14 points behind Derbyshire who beat Glamorgan by 8 wickets. Hampshire are in fifth.
Check the video highlights in the Match Zone above to see Adam Lyth’s bowling impression of Jason Gillespie!!
POINTS: Yorkshire 9, Hampshire 10.
JAMES BUTTLER at HEADINGLEY
DAY THREE MATCH REPORT
Anthony McGrath entered the contest at 181-4, still 97 runs from saving the follow on, and left the field unbeaten on 106 as Yorkshire declared their first innings on 399-9.
Hampshire were given 10 testing overs to face this evening and reached 21-1 at the close after Adil Rashid had Liam Dawson caught at poiont by Phil Jaques. They lead by 49 runs going into Day 2 after an attacking declaration by Andrew Gale kept faint hopes of a third successive Yorkshire win alive for tomorrow.
Phil Jaques and Gary Ballance had continued to rebuild Yorkshire’s reply on the third morning and recorded their second successive hundred partnership, this time in 165 balls, after half-an-hour at Headingley.
Jaques hit Ali straight for fours and Ballance cover drove Wood to bring up his fifty in 87 balls with 9 fours. Ballance’s feet were moving beautifully as he cover drove Wood again with real aplomb. Jaques tucked Ali around the corner to notch his 14,000th first-class run.
The 4th wicket stand had reached 149 when the spin of Liam Dawson was introduced from the Rugby Stand End and Jaques attempted a sweep only to see the top edge land safely in the hands of David Balcombe at short fine-leg. Jaques fell 7 runs short of a third Championship century of the season.
Sean Ervine trapped Ballance down the leg-side when he wafted an edge at a short ball and was caught by keeper Bates for 76. Yorkshire werre 193-5 and still trailing by 234 runs.
Anthony McGrath and Gerard Brophy saw the Tykes to lunch at 206-6, but Brophy then aimed for the ropes and skied Dawson to Wood at mid-on. Rashid (3) was bowled by Balcombe and Yorkshire were 237-7 and still 41 runs shy of avoiding being asked to bat again.
Hampshire took the new ball after 80 overs with the score 248-7, but McGrath was in no mood to give it away. He played some lovely shots, ably supported by Ryan Sidebottom, and guided Balcombe to the third man boundary to ensure that his side had avoided the follow on. A straight drive off the same bowler took him within striking distance of a fifty.
Sidebottom guided Ali to third man to bring up the fifty partnership in 69 balls. McGrath punched Tomlinson to the cover fence to bring uip his fifty in 93 balls with his 9th four – as someone said in the press box – it was an ‘Oh I say’ stroke.
Sidebottom glanced Tomlinson for four to earn his side a third batting point and the bowler put down a sharp chance to his right in his follow through a ball later – a let off on 20 and 301-7.
McGrath played the shot of the day when he straight drove Wood and he enjoyed his tea on 57 not out with Sidebottom there on 29 with their partnership worth 79 runs. Sidebottom hit a luscious cover driven four off Dawson after the break, but wafted an edge at Kabir Ali which was well caught behind by Bates to his left.
McGrath seemed intent on quick runs. He hit Dawson over the top for four, but edged Ali in the next over only to see the simple chance fall from Simon Katich’s grasp. It may prove an important escape.
Patterson drove Dawson through cover while McGrath pulled Ali innfront of square, leant back and crunched Dawson square before driving him straight into the Rugby Stand for 6 as Yorkshire brought up their 4th batting bonus point with three overs to spare.
Patterson played one of his best shots ever when he timed a cover drive so well it nearly bounced back off the advertising hoardings to his feet in the middle. He was caught by Katich at slip off Dawson for 12 and McGrath was joined by Wardlaw with McGrath on 84. Then became the cat and mouse perod of hide the number 11 as McGrath sought his first cenntury since his 115 against the same opponents at the Rose Bowl in August last year.
Deft shots followed mixed with attempts to the ropes then a forcing back foot shot through cover off Dason took McGrath to his 34th first-class ton (his 33rd for Yorkshire) in 180 balls with 14 fours and a six.
He was dropped by Jimmy Adams at cover off Dawsonas he tried to force the pace then in the next over Wardlaw skied Balcombe to Ali at mid-off and was also reprieved. Wardlaw responded by clobbering over mid-on for 4 runs and hitting the next ball harder for 4 more and then over mid-wicket for another boundary which brought the declaration at 399-9. McGrath was unbeaten on 106 and Wardlaw a career best 17.
Another attacking move from the Yorkshire camp came after a hard fought response with the bat through the day. It’s good to see.
BONUS POINTS: Yorkshire 6, Hampshire 7.
JAMES BUTTLER at HEADINGLEY
DAY TWO MATCH REPORT
Yorkshire knew that early wickets were crucial at Headingley so taking the last five Hampshire wickets for 50 runs to bowl the vistors out for 427 was a major boost. Yorkshire closed on 100-3 and a lot now rests on the shoulders of Phil Jaques (59*) and Gary Ballance (26*), the heroes of last week, as Yorkshire aim for an initial target of 278 tomorrow to avoid the follow on.
When Yorkshire commences their reply, Adam Lyth cover drove the third ball of Kabir Ali’s first over, but shouldered arms to the fifth and was lbw for 4. Root made 8 in 44 balls before edging Balcombe to Liam Dawson at second slip and Andrew Gale survived one ball before being run out by excellent fielding at point by Michael Carberry who returned a push and call from Phil Jaques to see the Yorkshire skipper well short of his ground at the striker’s end.
Yorkshire were 32-3 in the 17th over and the spotlight was again on Jaques and Gary Ballance who had performed so heroically in Bristol last week. Rather than chase 400 they were rebuilding a reply that was still 245 runs shy of avoiding the follow on.
Jaques survived a huge lbw shout from Chris Wood when on 32 and had not hit everything off the middle by any means, but gradually found more rhythm and would have been buoyed by the arrival of Ballance and wouldn’t be wanting a quick return to the dressing room before his skipper had a chance to cool down. He pulled Wood well infront of square and swatted him nonchalantly through mid-off as Yorkshire showed no intent of merely surviving the last 10 overs of the day.
Jaques swept Liam Dawson to the boundary to move to 52 in 108 balls and 7 fours. He pulled Kabir Ali for four more as Yorkshire reached three figures just before the close. Yorkshire are 327 adrift and will need to be at their best tomorrow to get something from this game.
The weather frustrated us throughout the morning at Headingley until the covers were removed and play recommenced at 2.30pm.
Michael Bates, already on a personal best Championship score, went past 93 to top his first-class best and guided Steve Patterson to the third man boundary to record his maiden century in 151 balls and 19 fours.
Just four balls later he was heading off the field after being run out by Andrew Gale at mid-off on 103. Thus ended a stand of 170 in 46 overs which equalled the best for Hampshire against Yorkshire posted by Mead and Harrison in Southampton in 1914.
Katich deserved a double hundred. No one appreciating good cricket would have denied him that, but he tried to swing Rashid over mid-wicket and skied a top edge to Root at short mid-wicket. He was on his way for 196 from 265 balls which saw him hit 22 fours.
We were seeing a run of wickets which threatened to deny Hampshire maximum batting points and saw the Tykes resurrect their hopes of the third bowling point.
Chris Wood played a leading edge to cover off Patterson and was caught by Root for 8. Kabir Ali aimed Rashid over the top, but skied a high ball which Patterson failed to collect running back from mid-on, but was well caught by Wardlaw at deep mid-off when driving Rashid. Yorkshire had run out of time to collect their third bonus point, but will have been delighted to wrap up the Hampshire for 427 when James Tomlinson found Rashid to Anthony McGrath at deep mid-wicket.
BONUS POINTS: Hampshire 6, Yorkshire 2
JAMES BUTTLER at HEADINGLEY
DAY ONE MATCH REPORT
The first session was Yorkshire’s and then the other two belonged to Hampshire and their Australian star Simon Katich who ended the day unbeaten on 180 with the score 352-5.
Hampshire won the toss and opted to bat on Day 1 at Headingley beneath rare first day sunshine. In the third over of the morning Ryan Sidebottom snaffled his 550th first-class scalp when he induced a weak forward push from Liam Dawson (0) and Gerard Brophy took a neat catch low to his right.
Steve Patterson trapped Jimmy Adams leg before to reduce Hampshire to 6-2 before Simon Katich survived a loud appeal for lbw first ball, but looked in good touch as he drove Sidebottom fluently to the Rugby Stand. The Aussie who had a short stint with Yorkshire in 2002 then struck Anthony McGrath for successive boundaries as the early help in the wicket seemed to wain.
Iain Wardlaw replaced Patterson (8-2-13-1) from the Kirkstall Lane End and Yorkshire had a sniff from Katich drove him aggressively and skied a near chance just out of Patterson’s reach at mid-off.
Michael Carberry (15) edged Wardlaw to Ballance at slip and James Vince (11) was lbw to the returning Patterson to see Hampshire 83-4. Katich was playing very well while all around him floundered and he reached lunch unbeaten on 58. Patterson’s figures at the break were 2-13 from 9 excellent overs.
Hampshire were out of the blocks quickly and kicked on from their lunchtime 92-4. Sean Ervine swung Patterson into the East Stand for six. Katich continued to reach a fine century in 99 balls with 15 fours. The decision to bat first was finally looking a good one.
Ervive, on 22, smashed a full toss straight to Jaques at cover, but the chance went through him to the fence to take the score to 165-4.
Katich was motoring, and he’d been advancing at a run-a-ball already. He drove Rashid straight over the top for four. The hundred partnership came up in 125 balls, but then Katich aimed over the top again when the score 183-4 and Sidebottom dropped a chance at mid-on when diving to his left. It should have been pouched.
It was not a pitch to drop chances on. Ervince swung Rashid over mid-wicket. But Root, who had loooked the more controlled of the two spinners, saw Ervince sky a leading edge high to Patterson at deep mid-on and the score became 207-5. Ervine had made 44 and played a key role in Hampshire’s recovery in a fifth wicket stand of 124 in 28.3 overs.
Michael Bates played with freedom while Katich’s progress was majestic and relentless. A Rashid full toss was belted back at the bowler for what was technical a chance, but in reality an avoidance of hospitalisation. The sixth wicket stand went past fifty and Katich drove Root to go to 151 with his 19th four from his 188th ball faced.
Bates punched Rashid through wide mid-on and a couple of overs later stroked Sidebottom through cover. A few moments later he nudged to his fourth career fifty from 82 balls with 9 fours.
Yorkshire took the new ball at 295-5 in a bid to break the partnership, then worth 88. It didn’t work. The pair played comfortably reaching the 350 in the the third over before the close as Bates went past his previous Championship best of 87.
JAMES BUTTLER at HEADINGLEY
Yorkshire welcome Hampshire to Headingley on Wednesday as we’re all still coming down from the highs of the Phil Jaques and Gary Ballance inspired Bristol run chase. The match is played between Wednesday and Saturday this week and Andrew Gale’s men would value your support as they aim for their third successive LV= County Championship win.
The undefeated Tykes sit joint top of the Division Two table and the task for Andrew Gale’s men now is to channel the confidence gained over the last two weeks into further Championship points.
To recover from being 33-3 and beat Leicestershire in Scarborough and then to track down the 400 required to beat Gloucestershire on Saturday will hopefully be seen as pivotal moments in a successful season. And huge credit goes to Alex Gidman, the Gloucestershire captain, who also gave it a go and helped breathe life into a dead Bristol game.
Mammoth second innings run chases are a more regular occurrence these days as the advent of one-day cricket has taught sides that scoring high and fast on the final day is achievable. A decade or more ago few teams would have contemplated success in similar circumstances.
Before Saturday’s play Yorkshire supporters told me that the Tykes had little chance, but I always thought 400 was within reach. In reality, after the rain the pitch was less than two days old, the sun was shining, the Bristol surface now offers runs and the Gloucestershire attack contained no real spearhead. To chase down 400 was still a tough ask and took some seriously good batting, but to do it successfully was testament to Jason Gillespie and Andrew Gale’s positive approach towards the 2012 season.
There may be times this summer when similar gambles do not pay off, but watching our team ‘go for it’ has to be far more satisfying than watching them settle for mediocrity. There was nothing average about captain Gale as he refused to settle for a Bristol stalemate. The confidence he showed in his team, the positivity expressed and the message it sends to the rest of the Championship second tier can only serve the Yorkshire cause well.
Hampshire however will want to bring Yorkshire down a peg or two. They have some dangerous players and will be looking to kickstart their season.
They were bookies favourites to feature at the top of the table, but sit in 6th at the moment with one win in their second match against Glamorgan in Cardiff, but with an opening match home defeat to Gloucestershire and an away loss to Northamptonshire.
Hampshire batsmen have served up only one century in 2012, from skipper Jimmy Adams who got back into form after a slow start to the summer with 122 in a rain affected draw against Derbyshire at the Ageas Bowl last week. Former Nottinghamshire player Bilal Shafayat has signed a short-term deal and started well with 93 in the same game.
David Balcombe has been the Hampshire star with the ball in 2012 – his 25 wickets costing only 19.00 apiece and including 8-71 in the defeat to Gloucestershire.
It will also be good to see former Yorkshire all-rounder and coach Craig White back at Headingley in his new role in Hampshire’s coaching set-up.
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Andrew GALE (capt), Adam LYTH, Joe ROOT, Phil JAQUES, Gary BALLANCE, Anthony McGRATH, Gerard BROPHY (wk), Adil RASHID, Azeem RAFIQ, Ryan SIDEBOTTOM, Steve PATTERSON and Iain WARDLAW.
With the return of Joe Root from England Lions duty, where he scored an unbeaten 115 against West Indies to seal a win in Northampton by 10 wickets, Adam Lyth retains his place in the Yorkshire squad at the expense of Joe Sayers.
We bid farewell and good luck to Yorkshire’s England Test call-ups Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow (who also missed the Gloucestershire game due to England Lions commitments) and we see Azeem Rafiq and Iain Wardlaw added to the Yorkshire side after success with the 2nd XI.
Mitchell Starc continues his travels and we hope to see him back in Yorkshire this week, although understandably he was not in contention for a place against Hampshire.
S Katich, J Adams (capt), S Ervine, L Dawson, J Vince, M Carberry, M Bates (wk), D Briggs, J Tomlinson, C Wood, K Ali, B Shafayat, D Balcombe.