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Dom Bess

“It’s been a tough day – overcast all day and nipping about. It’s been a challenge, to be honest.
“But I don’t think the scoreboard reflects how well we’ve batted and applied ourselves. If you took us earlier in the season, you’d have probably said, ‘100 all out’.
“The fact we’re 197-6 and getting through the new ball is a real testament to where we want to be as a side.”

5.45pm Positive end to the day this for Yorkshire. 197-6 after 86 overs. Bess has 45 and Thompson 15. And we’re off for bad light!

5.35pm Yorkshire are 182-6 after 84 overs. Bess 34 and Thompson 11.

Congratulations to the Northern Diamonds for reaching next Sunday’s Charlotte Edwards T20 Cup Finals Day here at the Ageas Bowl.

5.19pm Hampshire have taken the new ball through Barker. Yorkshire 175-6 in the 81st over. Bess 32 and Thompson 8.

4.58pm WICKET Duke caught low down by Weatherley at second slip off Wheal for 12. Yorkshire 159-6 in the 75th.

4.54pm Yorkshire are 159-5 in the 75th. Bess 24 and Duke 12.

4.42pm Diamonds have won with a bonus point and go top of Group Two in CE Cup. They now must hope Sunrisers prevent Storm getting a bonus point in their match in order to qualify. Sunrisers are 66-2 in 11th chasing 147. Think the magic number is around 118 (not sure, though).

4.35pm WICKET! Ballance is caught at mid-wicket off Dawson, 42. 138-5 in the 70th.

4.18pm We’re up and running after tea. Yorkshire 127-4 after 65, a couple of runs for Ballance in the opening over of the evening from Barker.

Diamonds 46-0 in the seventh chasing 91. Finals Day well within reach now.

Tea Report Yorkshire lost George Hill, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Harry Brook during the opening afternoon against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, reaching tea at 125-4.

On the opening day of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture, the White Rose, invited to bat, have had to fight hard for reward during he 64 overs bowled on a tricky pitch.

Gary Ballance has so far top-scored with 36 not out on a ground at which he has scored five previous first-class century, including one in a Test Match for England.

Yorkshire reached lunch at 60-1 after 31 overs, only to lose George Hill lbw for 31 to Kyle Abbott with the first ball of the afternoon.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore was later caught behind for 20 off the same bowler (84-3 after 45).

And Harry Brook was the most recent wicket to fall, bowled by Abbott’s fellow seamer Brad Wheal through the gate to leave the score at 114-4 in the 61st.

Ballance has been steadfast against both seam and spin on a challenging pitch, while Dom Bess will begin the evening on eight.

3.56pm Tea. Yorkshire moved from 60-1 at lunch to 125-4 at tea. 64 overs bowled. Ballance has 36 and Bess 8.

Meanwhile, at Chester, Diamonds are chasing 91 to beat Thunder. The thought is that they will need to chase it down in around 15 overs to claim a bonus point which could be all important in terms of Finals Day qualification.

3.42pm WICKET Ah, Brook is bowled by Wheal for 13 – maybe off an inside edge. 114-4 in the 61st.

3.10pm Diamonds are going well at Chester. Thunder are 55-4 after 11 overs. It’s a case of win and hope other results go their way for Finals Day cricket in the Charlotte Edwards Cup.

2.55pm Yorkshire are 91-3 in the 49th over. It’s looking like a score of 250 is going to be a very competitive one. Ballance 23 and Brook yet to get off the mark.

2.43pm WICKET A grafting 20 is ended as Kohler-Cadmore edges Abbott behind, giving the South African his third wicket. Brook in to join Ballance. It’s 84-3 after 45.

2.38pm Kohler-Cadmore and Ballance have steadied after the early afternoon loss of Hill. They have taken the score to 84-2 after 44. TKC has 20 and Ballance 17.

2.16pm At Chester Boughton Hall, the Diamonds have won the toss and elected to bowl against Thunder in their do or die Charlotte Edwards Cup T20 clash.

2.11pm Yorkshire are 72-2 after 38 overs. Kohler-Cadmore 17 and Ballance 8. Floodlights are on.

1.42pm WICKET Oh no. Hill has been trapped lbw by Abbott with the first ball of the afternoon. Well made 31 is ended. 60-2 in the 32nd.

1.38pm Just to keep you up to date with the other games that matter in Group One of the County Championship.

Lancashire v Warwickshire 77-2, Emirates Old Trafford
Somerset v Nottinghamshire 88-2, Taunton

Lunch report Yorkshire, led by opener George Hill’s 31 not out, have battled hard through to lunch on day one having been invited to bat at the start of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

In the first of four remaining fixtures in the top group, which will decide the county champions and the Bob Willis Trophy finalists, Yorkshire have reached lunch on 60-1 from 31 overs.

They have been faced with a challenging pitch – there has been signs of sideways movement and uneven bounce – Adam Lyth was the only morning wicket to fall when trapped lbw by South African seamer Kyle Abbott for six (13-1 in the 10th over).

But Hill, alongside Tom Kohler-Cadmore from number three, have advanced in watchful fashion against a tidy attack who have shared 16 maidens.

In making his six, Adam Lyth reached the 10,000-run mark in Championship cricket – the first Yorkshire batsman to score all his runs in the 21st century and the first since Anthony McGrath reached that mark in 2008.

While Hill has made his way to 31, including six fours, Kohler-Cadmore has reached 13.

1.02pm – Lunch Yorkshire have had a very good morning, reaching 60-1 after 31 overs having been invited to bat. Hill 31 and Kohler-Cadmore 13.

12.51pm Yorkshire’s 50 is up. They are 53-1 in the 28th over.

12.40pm 20 minutes remaining in the session, Yorkshire 47-1.

12.27pm Yorkshire 39-1 in the 22nd over. They are being made to work hard on a testing pitch – sideways movement obvious – but are standing up to it pretty well at present. Hill has 20 and Kohler-Cadmore 4.

11.57am. Yorkshire are 23-1 in the 14th over. Hill and Kohler-Cadmore on 11 and 4. In making 6, meanwhile, Lyth reached 10,000 runs in the County Championship.

11.39am WICKET Lyth falls. The breakthrough for Hampshire comes courtesy of Abbott, who traps the left-hander lbw for six. 13-1 in the 10th over.

11.29am Couple of boundaries in last couple of overs – one for Hill edged between slips along the ground and the other driven by Lyth through the covers. 13-0 in the eighth.

11.20am Lyth has been struck a couple of blows already – one in the stomach, the other a touch lower!

Yorkshire are 4-0 in the easy stages of the sixth over.

11.06am Yorkshire are 2-0 after two overs, Lyth and Hill opening the batting on a pitch with a significant green tinge.

10.45am Team news…..

Hampshire: Holland, Weatherley, Alsop, Gubbins, Vince ©, Dawson, McManus w, Barker, Abbott, Crane, Wheal. 

Yorkshire: Lyth, Hill, Kohler-Cadmore, Ballance, Brook, Duke w, Bess, Thompson, Fisher, Patterson c, Coad. 

10.39am Hampshire have won the toss and will bowl first.

9.54am Not only have we got a big game here, there is also one at Chester Boughton Hall, where the Diamonds are in Charlotte Edwards Cup action against arch-rivals Thunder needing to win to have any chance of reaching Sunday’s Finals Day here at the Ageas Bowl.

Good morning from the Ageas Bowl.

We have travelled to Southampton to face Hampshire in the first of four remaining County Championship games which will decide the county champions and the qualifiers for the Bob Willis Trophy final.

Yorkshire and Hampshire are both in the top group of the competition which has split into three brand new conferences.

The top six teams in the country – Warwickshire (21 points), Somerset (18.5), Lancashire (16.5), Hampshire (8.5), Nottinghamshire (5) and Yorkshire (4.5) – make up the top group having qualified from their respective early season groups.

The other 12 are playing out for placings and some prize money.

The carrying forwards of points means it is not a level playing field at the start of this group, and Yorkshire, Hampshire and Notts clearly have work to do to overhaul the others through the next month.

The weather is set fair in Southampton. It is currently an overcast morning, and the pitch has a significant green tinge to it.

Yorkshire have brought a squad of 16 down to the South Coast.

There will be a live stream available throughout this game, which starts at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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