Joe Root

“We are delighted.

“It was quite hard graft. A slow wicket and a soft ball made it quite difficult. It was a very attritional sort of cricket.

“It was quite different to last week in many ways, but it was important that we made the most of today to make sure we can come back tomorrow in a very strong position.

“Looking at board now, you’d like to think with the batting we’ve got left, we’re more than capable of going on and getting past 400 to put them under real pressure when it comes to bowl.

“I’m stood here right now disappointed that I didn’t make that score into a 150 plus. But it has been great to come back and contribute.?

“There has been a couple of occasions over the last few years where I’ve not managed to. It’s really pleasing to get a few runs and put us in a position now where we can hopefully make a 400 plus score.

“When we come to bowling, the effect that will have on their batting will hopefully play into our hands.”

Close Yorkshire reach 310-3 from 96 overs, a super day at the office. Ballance 120 not out and Patterson 5. Earlier, Root hit 94 and Lyth 67.

5.50pm Root gone! He’s been bowled by Dawson for 94, ending a stand of 182 with Ballance. Yorkshire 291-3 in the 90th over.

5.17pm HUNDRED! Ballance gets there off 214 balls with 10×4s. That’s his fourth century, including a double, in his last three games. Yorkshire now 270-2 after 81 overs. New ball delayed by Hampshire.

4.52pm Kiss of death alert! This day of batting has panned out completely differently to Monday at Trent Bridge, when Ballance and Root were really challenged by Stuart Broad and company. Here, they have looked in very little trouble at all. Yorkshire 253-2 in the 74th over. Ballance has 89 and Root 82.

4.40pm The partnership between Root and Ballance stands at 131 and counting. Yorkshire are 240-2 in the 70th over and going really nicely – risk free batting. Root has 81 and Ballance has 77.

Tea Gary Ballance and Joe Root both passed fifty and shared another unbroken century stand during the opening afternoon at the Ageas Bowl to help Yorkshire make an excellent start to their Specsavers County Championship clash with Hampshire.

Ballance and Root put on an unbroken 253 for the third wicket during Monday’s final day against Notts at Trent Bridge to ensure a draw.

But now they are putting the White Rose into an excellent position to chase victory, having reached tea at 224-2 from 64 overs.

Ballance will begin the evening on 73 and Root 71. They have added 115 together so far.

They came together this morning 109-2 after the departures of openers Adam Lyth for 67 and Harry Brook (5).

Ballance reached his fifty off 102 balls and then Root, who lofted Liam Dawson’s left-arm spin for six over long-off, followed him there off 97 in the latter stages of the afternoon.

Both men have looked untroubled on a docile pitch, and they are on course to score their second hundreds in the space of four days.

3.29pm Joe Root’s excellent start to the season continues. He reaches 50 for the third time in as many innings off 97 balls with 3×4s and 1×6s (over long-on off Dawson). Yorkshire 197-2 in the 58th over as we approach the tea break.

3.04pm Looks to be largely a batsman’s day around the country, with only a couple of games favouring the bowlers so far – Notts 192-6 v Somerset at Trent Bridge in Division One and Durham 84-4 v Sussex at Emirates Riverside in Division Two. Here, Yorkshire are 170-2. Root on 40 and Ballance 54.

2.06pm It has been a quiet start to the afternoon, which suits Yorkshire. Ballance and Root have taken the score to 125-2, an addition of 13 runs in six overs. Ballance has 39 and Root 10.

Lunch Adam Lyth reached 10,000 career first-class runs and helped Yorkshire make a healthy start to their Specsavers County Championship clash with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Lyth made 67 having achieved his milestone upon reaching 28 with a lovely cover driven four off Kyle Abbott.

He shared 87 for the second wicket with Gary Ballance, who is unbeaten on 34, as the White Rose reached lunch at 112-2 from 29 overs.

This match is being played on another batsman-friendly pitch, similar to the one encountered during the opening round draw against Notts at Trent Bridge.

Unfortunately Lyth fell in the penultimate over of the morning when he was caught behind down leg off ex-West Indies quick Fidel Edwards, leaving the score at 109-2.

Earlier, Edwards forced Harry Brook to play onto his stumps (21-1) after Steve Patterson had won the toss and elected to bat.

Joe Root will begin the afternoon on two not out.

12.56pm Lyth gone! Oh no. He’s caught behind down leg-side off Edwards for 67. Looks like glove, and McManus takes a tumbling catch. Yorkshire 109-2.

12.24pm Adam Lyth has 49 as Yorkshire move to 81-1 after 20 overs. Gary Ballance is 23.

11.43am Not a bad way to reach 10,000 career first-class runs! Adam Lyth drives Kyle Abbott through covers for four to move to 28. Congratulations. Yorkshire are 35-1.

11.27am Hampshire pick up their first wicket courtesy of ex-West Indies quick Fidel Edwards, who has Harry Brook bowled off the inside edge for five. Yorkshire 21-1 in the seventh over on a pitch which is very similar to the easy paced one we drew on at Trent Bridge at the weekend.

11.04am Yorkshire 2-0 in the early stages of the second over. Harry Brook has just punched a two through the covers off the back foot against Kyle Abbott.

10.39am Yorkshire have won the toss and will bat first.

Hampshire: Weatherley, Vince c, Markram, Northeast, Rossouw, Dawson, McManus w, Berg, Barker, Abbott, Edwards.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Brook, Ballance, Root, Kohler-Cadmore, Leaning, Tattersall w, Waite, Patterson c, Coad, Olivier.

10.22am This is the first full round of Championship fixtures this season across both divisions, with a number of counties starting their campaigns.


Notts v Somerset, Trent Bridge
Surrey v Essex, Kia Oval
Warwickshire v Kent, Edgbaston
Hampshire v Yorkshire, Ageas Bowl


Durham v Sussex, Emirates Riverside
Glamorgan v Northants, Sophia Gardens
Gloucestershire v Derbyshire, Bristol
Leicestershire v Worcestershire, Grace Road
Middlesex v Lancashire, Lord’s

Good morning from the Ageas Bowl, where the sun is shining ahead of our Specsavers County Championship match with Hampshire.

While Yorkshire drew their opener at Notts earlier this week, Hampshire completed a home win over 2017 champions Essex by an innings.

Sam Northeast, Fidel Edwards and Kyle Abbott all starred with a century and five-wicket hauls respectively.

Hampshire will field South African Test opener Aiden Markram as their overseas player, while captain James Vince, who has an excellent record against Yorkshire, has moved to open the batting this season as he looks to return to England’s Test team. He will be hoping to catch the eye of Joe Root.

Tim Bresnan is fit again for Yorkshire after suffering a late pre-season back injury, while Adam Lyth is 28 away from the 10,000 first-class career runs mark.

It seems like the weather is set fair for the day and the whole of the game. We get underway at 11am. Enjoy.

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