Andrew Gale

“I’m pretty pleased,” said Gale. “It was a good solid draw.

“I thought the pitch got flatter as the game wore on, but you’ve still got to bat well on the last day.

“Our batting has come under a lot of scrutiny recently, but I thought we showed a lot of character and fight.

“If we can take some of that form and confidence and start showing it going forwards, put runs on the board like we have done in this game, we’ll always have a chance.

“I thought Harry played well, in particular, and Jack steadied the ship for a couple of hours and led us to the draw.

“We have spoken at length with Jack. We know he’s a good player who can contribute. But we want him to make those real senior player contributions, and that’s exactly what he did.

“He faced a lot of balls and played the situation well. Hopefully he’ll take a lot of confidence into Scarborough.”

Match drawn Yorkshire finish on 263-6 in their second innings. They take 10 points to Hampshire 11 from their second draw of the season. Jack Leaning finishes on 54 not out.

Jack Leaning has just reached a 174-ball fifty too

7.19pm Little to report here, which is good news for Yorkshire. They are seeing this game out with some comfort. Jack Leaning has 48 and has repelled Hampshire’s big guns. 253-5, lead 160.

6.43pm Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit a half-century in a Lions win over West Indies A today.

Tea Report

Harry Brook and Jack Leaning have batted Yorkshire to safety in their Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

The fifth-wicket pair came together midway through the fourth morning and batted for a little over a session to share 108 and take the visitors’ lead beyond 120.

Yorkshire have reached tea at 237-5, leading by 144, with 37 overs remaining in the match.

Brook impressed for 68 before being run out backing up as bowler Gareth Berg got a hand on a straight drive from Leaning and deflected it onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end, leaving the score at 220-5 with 43 and a half overs remaining in the contest.

With the pitch lifeless, Hampshire needed to break the Brook and Leaning alliance much earlier for them to have a chance of winning.

Leaning has 41 and Jonny Tattersall 13.

Yorkshire will secure their second draw later this evening and take 10 points.

5.58pm Harry Brook has been run out backing up as Gareth Berg gets a deflection onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Brook falls for 68, ending a stand of 108 with Jack Leaning. 220-5, a lead of 127 with 43.3 overs remaining.

5.16pm Hampshire have taken the new ball. Yorkshire are 192-4, leading by 99 with 52 overs remaining. Last throw of the dice for the hosts.

5.01pm Harry Brook has reached a hugely important half-century off 68 balls with 10 fours. He hit four of them in the last over off Ian Holland. Yorkshire are now 186-4, leading by 93. 56 overs left in the day. New ball due shortly.

4.47pm An extremely important hour for Yorkshire to navigate here. There are nine overs until the new ball. If Leaning and Brook can remain until then, Hampshire will need something special to break this game open again. 160-4 with Yorkshire’s lead now 67.

Lunch Report

Yorkshire have a lead of 57 with six second-innings wickets in hand and two sessions of their Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl remaining.

The White Rose started day four on 91-2, trailing by two, and slipped to 112-4, leading by 19 having lost Gary Ballance and Che Pujara.

But Harry Brook and Jack Leaning repelled the hosts during the second half of the ‘morning’ session to reach lunch at 150-4 with a minimum of 63 overs remaining in the match.

Ballance was caught behind off Ollie Rayner’s off-spin for 21 before Pujara was bowled by medium pacer Ian Holland for 32, with both departing within six balls at the end of the 50th and 51st overs.

Brook will begin the afternoon on 24 with Leaning on 13.

3.37pm Harry Brook and Jack Leaning have steadied for Yorkshire since the loss of the two wickets. Brook has 22 and Leaning 6….140-4, a lead of 47.

2.56pm Che Pujara bowled by Ian Holland’s medium pacers, looks to have played on for 32. Yorkshire 112-4, 19 lead.

2.51pm Hampshire have their breakthrough courtesy of Ollie Rayner, who has Gary Ballance caught behind playing forwards for 21. Yorkshire 108-3 and lead by 15.

2.12pm Just under 15 minutes of play and scores are level. Make that Yorkshire lead by four as Pujara guides a Berg delivery between slip and gully for four. 97-2.

1.30pm Prior to the start of play today, let’s go around the grounds, with a few results knocking around.


Essex 206 and 139 lost to Nottinghamshire 380 and 266 by 301 runs, Chelmsford
Worcestershire 247 and 484-7 d v Lancashire 130 and 360-6, New Road
Surrey beat Somerset at Guildford yesterday


Sussex beat Durham at Arundel yesterday
Northamptonshire beat Gloucestershire at Wantage Road yesterday
Leicestershire 427 and 186 v Middlesex 233 and 169-5, Grace Road
Kent 197 and 446-8 d v Warwickshire 125 and 322-3, Tunbridge Wells
Glamorgan 283 and 375-6 d v Derbyshire 362, Swansea

Good afternoon from The Ageas Bowl, where we are all set for day four of the Specsavers County Championship match between Hampshire and Yorkshire.

Yorkshire have some batting to do in order to save this match, but they are very confident they can do it.

They will begin the day on 91-2 in their second innings, trailing by two runs with Gary Ballance and Che Pujara at the crease in their teens.

The White Rose have seen off the new pink ball, so there should be few problems in terms of conditions, etc.

We have been greeted by hazy sunshine on the outskirts of Southampton. We start at 2pm.

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