Gary Ballance

“We got a very good first-innings score and batted for a long time. Then taking three wickets this evening, it’s a great effort and puts us in a very strong position.

“It was a big bonus (getting Markram) because he’s a very good player.

“To get him right at the end is brilliant for us.

“It’s a pretty good wicket, but you saw tonight that if you put the ball in good areas for long enough, there is a little bit there. So if we can do that for long enough tomorrow, we’ll create chances.

“It’s a nice place to play. I’ve had a bit of success here before, so to continue that is great. To get the team in a strong position, I’m happy with that.

“We talked about being ruthless – if we get a good start to kick on and get a big score. Everyone’s contributed, and guys look in good form.”

Close Hampshire, replying to 554-7 dec, are 74-3 from 26 overs, with wickets for Coad, Olivier and Leaning. Nightwatchman Abbott and Northeast unbeaten for the hosts. An excellent day for Yorkshire.

6.14pm OUT! Leaning strikes as Markram shimmies down the track and picks out Ballance at deep mid-wicket. He falls for 45. It’s 70-3.

5.47pm Aiden Markram, Hampshire’s South African overseas batsman, and Sam Northeast have steadied since the lost of Weatherley, taking the score from 11-2 to 50-2. But they still have a lot of work to do. We have nine overs remaining tonight if the light holds. Another wicket tonight would be nice.

4.55pm Vince gone! Big wicket for Yorkshire as Coad gets the Hampshire captain caught at first slip by Kohler-Cadmore, 5. Hants 7-1.

4.29pm Yorkshire declare their innings on 554-7 with Leaning 77 not out and one of five men to pass 50 in the innings. 26 overs remain in the day, although the floodlights are on.

4.15pm Tattersall, on 52, tries to play aerially to leg and miscues high to cover running backwards off Dawson. Yorkshire 540-7.

Tea Jack Leaning passed 50 and Jonny Tattersall is close to the same landmark as Yorkshire move towards 550 and an evening declaration against Hampshire.

The White Rose will declare at some point during the second evening of the ongoing Specsavers County Championship match having reached tea on day two at 537-6 from 160 overs.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore, for 41, was the only wicket to fall in the afternoon.

He was trapped lbw by Liam Dawson’s left-arm spin, leaving the score at 445-6 in the 136th over.

Either side of lunch, he shared 71 for the sixth wicket with Leaning, who has since added an unbroken 92 for the seventh with Tattersall.

Leaning will begin the evening on 70 and Tattersall 49, assuming the declaration does not come at tea.

Yorkshire have been unable to attack against the accurate Dawson on a slow pitch. England limited overs spinner Dawson has returned figures of 2-177 from 58 overs.

3.12pm Leaning is the latest to reach fifty, off 116 balls with 4×4s. Yorkshire 495-6 and Leaning and Tattersall, who has 29, have shared an unbroken 50 stand.

1.54pm Hampshire may have struggled to break through in this innings, but they have been able to prevent Yorkshire from breaking free at piling the runs on quickly. 424-5 after 131 overs. Kohler-Cadmore and Leaning have 26 and 25 respectively.

Lunch Gary Ballance completed a superb 148 during another profitable session for Yorkshire against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl this morning.

Yorkshire’s grip on their Specsavers County Championship match was strengthened during the second morning as they advanced from 310-3 overnight to 413-5 from 127 overs.

Ballance and nightwatchman Steve Patterson, who added an important 34 to blunt the home attack, were the wickets to fall before lunch, both to medium pacer Gareth Berg.

Ballance, who faced 308 balls, was caught behind and Patterson caught at point after the fourth-wicket pair had put on 80, a partnership which started last night.

When Patterson fell, Yorkshire were 374-5 in the 113th over.

Yorkshire finished with four batting bonus points to Hampshire’s one bowling point.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Jack Leaning have since taken the score beyond 400 and will begin the afternoon on 24 and 17 respectively.

Ballance, meanwhile, has now scored 1,007 runs in eight first-class matches for his county and England at this venue.

In his last three Championship matches, dating back to the final game of 2018 at Worcester, he has scored 510 runs, including scores of 194, 60, 101 not out and 148.

12.50pm Hampshire have just upped the intensity in the field in the last 10 minutes, more noise and encouragement from the fielders, as they try to make something happen with Yorkshire on 410-5. Tom Kohler-Cadmore has 21 and Jack Leaning 17.

What a catch that was in the 2007 World Cup!

12.10pm Nightwatchman Patterson’s extremely useful 34 comes to an end as Berg strikes again. He’s caught at point. 374-5.

12pm Ballance gone! A short ball from Berg follows him and, despite trying to sway and drop his hands, he gets a feather behind. Goes for a brilliant 148. Yorkshire 371-4 in the 111th.

11.44am Patterson handed a life on 26 as he fends a short ball from Edwards over the slips. Aiden Markram back peddles from first slip, gets there but can’t hold on. 355-3.

11.39am Yorkshire’s grip on this game is strengthened as they reach 350-3 in the 106th over, securing a fourth batting point. Ballance and Patterson have shared 59 for the fourth wicket and have looked in little trouble this morning. Fidel Edwards is Hampshire’s biggest danger. But Patterson cuts him for four – 354-3 – and moves to 26.

11.04am Yorkshire enjoy a positive start to day two as they pick up eight runs from the day’s first over from Keith Barker, four runs for Steve Patterson to fine-leg and then the skipper picks four leg byes to the same area. 318-3.

9.51am Around the grounds……


Notts 263 v Somerset 74-3, Trent Bridge
Surrey 342-7 v Essex, Kia Oval
Warwickshire v Kent 367-5, Edgbaston
Hampshire v Yorkshire 310-3, Ageas Bowl


Durham 210-8 v Sussex, Emirates Riverside
Glamorgan 433-4 v Northants, Sophia Gardens
Gloucestershire v Derbyshire 256-7, Bristol
Leicestershire v Worcestershire 348-4, Grace Road
Middlesex 236-9 v Lancashire, Lord’s

Good morning from the Ageas Bowl, where the sun is out once more.

Yesterday was an excellent day for Yorkshire, led by Gary Ballance and Joe Root, who hit 120 not out and 94 respectively, sharing 182 for the third wicket. They underpinned a score of 310-3, which we hope will be turned into around 500 at some time this afternoon.

The pitch favours the batsman, no doubt, but it is slow, and Root said last night that made it tricky to score at a decent rate.

Hampshire kept the run-rate in check, but they never really looked like picking up regular wickets. Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson bowled tidily, while new ball pair Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards looked dangerous in the last half hour of play. Aside from that, it was pretty much plain sailing for the White Rose.

Ballance needs 21 more runs this morning to reach 1,000 in first-class cricket on this ground. It is only his eighth match here for Yorkshire and England. Incredible.

While Joe was scoring runs yesterday, younger brother Billy was doing the same for Glamorgan against Northants at Sophia Gardens. He managed to get his century, and will resume this morning on 126 in that Division Two clash. Glamorgan are 433-4.

Let’s hope for more runs at the Ageas Bowl this morning. Enjoy the day.

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