Jack Brooks

“We’ve just got to look to put the game to bed and be clever with our batting. We have to look to bat time, which is how their guys got runs.

“The pitch is still pretty good, and we’ve got the batting line-up to do it.”

Assessing day three, the new ball seamer went on: “It was a hard slog.

“After 30-35 overs, the ball goes pretty soft, starts peeling and the seam disappears. You’ve got to work real hard and try and dry the runs up as good as you can.

“I think we did that for a long period, and they never really got away from us. The run-rate never really went above three.

“We knew if we could break that partnership (Adams and Alsop, who shared 179 for the fourth wicket and were unbeaten overnight) early, we could get into them because the guys batting six, seven and eight for them are all-rounders.

“We knew if we could get one of the last batters out, we could make inroads. We got one early, and then Tim Bresnan bowled a beauty to get rid of Adams.

“We kept chipping away, but players like Gareth Berg are always dangerous. I thought we stuck to our task pretty well.”

9.16pm That’s close: Yorkshire 91-2 from 36 overs of their second innings, trailing by two runs. Ballance has 18 and Pujara 14.

8.42pm We have eight overs remaining in the day and Hampshire have Steyn and Abbott trying to prise out another wicket. Ballance and Pujara at the crease for Yorkshire, who are 67-2 and trailing by 26.

8.20pm Second wicket for Rayner as Lees plays forward and is trapped lbw for 39. Yorkshire 58-2 and trailing by 35. Pujara and Ballance at the crease with 14 overs remaining tonight.

8.07pm Hampshire make the breakthrough courtesy of Ollie Rayner, their on-loan off-spinner. He has Adam Lyth feathering behind for 17. Yorkshire are 49-1, trailing by 44.

7.34pm We have a short break as Lyth ducks into a Steyn short ball. He looks to be fine and will continue. Yorkshire 32-0.

That would be some effort

7.13pm Really positive start for Yorkshire. They are 21-0 after four overs of their second innings, with Alex Lees taking four boundaries off Fidel Edwards’ first over.

7.01pm The Yorkshire second innings has started with them trailing by 93. We have 36 overs left in the day. Steyn bowling to Lyth as I type.

Tea Report

Hampshire have gained a first-innings lead of 93 during the third day against Yorkshire at the Ageas Bowl.

The White Rose have work to do with the bat if they are to avoid a second successive Specsavers County Championship defeat after losing to Surrey last month.

Hampshire advanced from 311-7 at lunch to 443 all out, signalling an early tea.

Gareth Berg posted an unbeaten 83, while Jack Brooks finished with 5-124.

Berg shared 74 for the eighth wicket with Kyle Abbott (35) and 58 for the ninth with their other South African seamer Dale Steyn (23).

Adam Lyth, Steve Patterson and Brooks claimed an afternoon wicket apiece. There are 36 overs remaining in the day.

6.36pm Hampshire are nine down for 442 as Steve Patterson bowls Dale Steyn for 23. The hosts lead by 92 with Gareth Berg unbeaten on 83.

6.18pm England Lions have beaten India A by seven wickets chasing 233 at Derby in the first match of the one-day tri-series. Tom Kohler-Cadmore made seven and Matthew Fisher 0-32 from four overs, with both debuting.

6.10pm Yorkshire are going to have to bat well to save this game. Hampshire are 404-8 with four and a half sessions remaining. The positive is that Hampshire haven’t ever been able to accelerate at the rate they’d have liked due to some tight bowling. Plus, the pitch is still offering little assistance to the bowlers – and that’s being kind to it.

5.53pm Abbott gone! He miscues Adam Lyth out to sub Jordan Thompson running around from deep cover, who takes a smart catch. Abbott falls for 35, ending a 74-run stand with Berg, who has 48. Hampshire are 384-8 and lead by 34.

5.19pm Frustrating start to the afternoon for Yorkshire as Hampshire move into the lead. The hosts are advancing through eighth-wicket pair Gareth Berg and Kyle Abbott, who have shared 45 and counting. 355-7.

4.58pm Hampshire have moved to 333-7, with 22 runs coming in the first 15 minutes of the session as Berg and Abbott advance. Abbott has edged a couple of boundaries through slips, mind you. They trail by 17.

Lunch Report

Yorkshire have claimed four wickets and kept Hampshire in check during the opening session of day three at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire, replying to a first-innings 350, have advanced from 245-3 overnight to 311-7 on a slow pitch at lunch, trailing by 39.

They have lost Tom Alsop for 63, Jimmy Adams for 147, Ian Holland for 31 and Ollie Rayner for a duck, two of them going to Jack Brooks and the other two to Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson.

While Hampshire could still claim a first-innings lead, they would have been hoping for more impetus today. But some tight Yorkshire bowling has thwarted them.

Brooks trapped Alsop lbw and had Holland caught behind. Sandwiched in between, Bresnan had Adams caught behind with a beauty of a delivery which rose sharply from short of a length. Just before lunch, Patterson had Rayner caught behind as the score fell to 310-7.

Yorkshire, meanwhile, have claimed five bonus points to Hampshire’s six in this match.

Gareth Berg will begin the afternoon on 15 and Kyle Abbott on two.

3.55pm And another Ollie Rayner caught behind off Patterson for a duck. Four wickets this morning for the White Rose. Hampshire 310-7.

3.50pm Third wicket of a productive morning for Yorkshire. Brooks gets Holland caught behind for 31, leaving Hampshire at 309-6, still 41 in arrears.

3.17pm Wicket number five for Yorkshire as Tim Bresnan removes Adams for 147, caught behind with one that rose sharply from short of a length. He fends behind to Jonny Tattersall. Hampshire are 286-5.

Watching the Yorkies in Lions action…

2.33pm We’re through half an hour of day three, and it’s been Yorkshire who have had the better of things. Jack Brooks has picked up the only wicket, but Hampshire have had to be watchful against some accurate bowling and have struggled to get away. 263-4.

2.10pm Alsop gone! He’s been trapped lbw by Jack Brooks for 63. Hampshire are 247-4 in the third over of day three, and that’s a great start for the White Rose.

1.53pm Just ahead of the start of play, let’s go around the grounds.


Worcestershire 247 and 484-7 d v Lancashire 130 and 34-0, New Rd
Surrey 459 v Somerset 180 and 121-5, Guildford
Essex 206 v Nottinghamshire 380 and 125-6, Chelmsford


Sussex 552 v Durham 211 and 61-2, Arundel
Leicestershire 427 and 66-5 v Middlesex 233, Grace Road
Kent 197 and 446-8 d v Warwickshire 125 and 37-0, Tunbridge Wells
Glamorgan 283 v Derbyshire 301-5, Swansea
Northamptonshire 282 and 2-0 v Gloucestershire 62 and 250, Wantage Road

Good afternoon from The Ageas Bowl, where Yorkshire are preparing for the third day of four against Hampshire in the Specsavers County Championship.

The White Rose have work to do with the ball this morning as Hampshire press on towards a first-innings lead as they reply to 350. They will resume on 245-3 with Jimmy Adams and Tom Alsop continuing their 177 stand for the fourth wicket.

The significant positive is that they have a new ball this morning, which is just five overs old. If they can get two or three in the first 45 minutes, they will be able to expose the Hampshire tail.

Anyway, the sun is shining and we’re all set for a 2pm start.

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