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Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance

“It is a nice place to bat but I think I can give a lot of credit to the guys batting above me. Hilly and Tom did all the hard work and put us in a great position. I came in and slogged a few and luckily a few came out of the middle and it was nice to get to a hundred in the end.
“We are not concerned about the prospect of the pitch flattening out, we saw that this evening there were a few balls that just bounced a bit more than usual so we know there is a bit in the pitch.
“But it is going to be hard work, we are going to have to put in a good shift and be consistent with our line and lengths.It helps we have a quality spinner in Bessy who can do a job at one end.
“It makes a difference getting two of their top three and the end there was pretty big for us.”

6.25pm – Close Excellent third day for Yorkshire ends with Hampshire, chasing 393, 26-2 from 19. Weatherley 16 and night-watchman Crane 0. Earlier, Ballance made another century at the Ageas Bowl – his sixth in nine first-class matches here.

6.19pm WICKET Alsop caught at silly mid-off by Ballance off Bess, 7. 26-2 in the 18th. 393 target. Penultimate over of the day

5.55pm With eight overs remaining in the day, Hampshire are 22-1.

5.31pm WICKET Holland gone! What a catch!!! Brook one-handed diving low to his left at third slip off Coad. Stunning. @hantscricket 9-1 in the fifth over chasing 393.

5.04pm Declaration. Yorkshire have set Hampshire 393 to win with 19 overs remaining in the day. 312-6 declared with Ballance 101 not out.

5pm HUNDRED!!! What a knock. Ballance reaches his sixth hundred in nine first-class matches at the Ageas Bowl off 85 balls with four fours and seven sixes. 310-6, a lead of 390.

4.48pm WICKET Bess caught behind off Barker, 0. 296-6 in the 85th.

4.47pm WICKET Thompson caught at long-off by Vince off Barker for 33, 295-5 – 375 lead. 23.3 overs remaining in the day. Ballance has 85.

This last couple of hours has been brilliant to watch.

4.22pm WICKET Brook caught at deep mid-wicket off Vince for 12. Yorkshire 236-4 in the 80th over, a lead of 316 with almost 29 overs remaining in the day.

4.12pm Ballance reaches another half-century at the Ageas Bowl – ninth time beyond 50 in 14 first-class matches here. 222-3 – a lead of 302. Excellent.

Tea Report Yorkshire have turned the screw against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl and are now eyeing a declaration late on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship fixture.

The White Rose, leading by 80 on first innings, have reached tea at 216-3 from 76 overs. Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s 89 is their top score so far.

Their progress through much of this Division One fixture’s penultimate day has been watchful on a pitch which looks to have gone slow, low and attritional.

In the opening 19 overs of the afternoon, for example, only 27 runs were scored in advancing from 102-1 from 43 overs at lunch.

But they brilliantly scored 87 in the last 14 overs of the session to lead by 296.

While Kohler-Cadmore impressively provided the bedrock for the innings with his highest Championship score of the season, facing 207 balls, Gary Ballance was the one to initially add impetus with four sixes in 46 not out off 54.

Each of them came off Liam Dawson, the left-arm spinner who has bowled through the whole day, bar one over, from the Pavilion End – owing much to injuries for fast bowlers Kyle Abbott and Brad Wheal.

Two of his sixes were slog swept.

George Hill, for 55 off 180 balls, was the first of two afternoon wickets when he was caught behind driving at Ian Holland’s seamers – 128-2 in the 58th over, ending a 121-stand with Kohler-Cadmore.

Kohler-Cadmore later hit two sixes over long-off on the trot against leg-spinner Mason Crane, moving to 89 before falling caught at long-on trying to hit a third (206-3 after 74 overs).

Harry Brook will begin the evening alongside Ballance. There are 32 overs remaining in the day.

3.49pm – Tea Yorkshire are 216-3 after 76 overs in the second innings, leading by 296 with 32 overs remaining in day three. Ballance 46 and Brook 8.

3.40pm WICKET Kohler-Cadmore’s superb 89 is ended as he tries to hit Crane for a third six in the over (both over long-off). Caught at long-on. Yorkshire 206-3, leading by 286 with 34 overs remaining in the day.

3.13pm Yorkshire looking to up the ante now. Ballance has hit two sixes off Dawson, one over mid-wicket and the other straight, in his 20. Yorkshire 155-2, leading by 235 with best part of 42 overs remaining in the day. Kohler-Cadmore has 63.

2.40pm WICKET Hill caught behind driving at Holland for 55. Yorkshire 128-2, leading by 208, in the 58th over. That ends a 121-partnership with Kohler-Cadmore, who has 57.

2.22pm Hill and Kohler-Cadmore have batted through the best part of 42 overs unbroken today, taking the Yorkshire score to 126-1 – a lead of 206. Kohler-Cadmore 56 and Hill 54.

2.11pm Hill reaches his fifty off 164 balls. Yorkshire 117-1 after 50 overs, leading by 197. Excellent this from him and Kohler-Cadmore, who is 52.

1.58pm Yorkshire 111-1, leading by 191, in the 48th over. We have the best part of 60 overs remaining in the day. Hill has 45 and Kohler-Cadmore 51.

1.47pm Early stages of the afternoon and Kohler-Cadmore reaches a 113-ball fifty. Excellent. Yorkshire are 103-1, leading by 183.

1.15pm Just as an aside, Matthew Fisher last night said he may not have played in this game had David Willey not been ruled out through illness.

1.09pm Will Luxton has been called to England under 19s squad for six ODIs against West Indies in Kent (Beckenham and Canterbury) from September 4.

Lunch Report George Hill and Tom Kohler-Cadmore have batted through the third morning unbroken to strengthen Yorkshire’s grip on their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Starting the day on 34-1 from 12 overs of their second innings, Yorkshire’s lead was 114. They have since advanced to reach lunch on 102-1 from 43, a lead of 182.

Opener Hill and second-wicket partner Kohler-Cadmore, who has posted his highest score of the Championship season so far, have played with control against a threadbare home attack to share an unbroken 95.

Kohler-Cadmore has 49, his highest Championship score of the season so far, and Hill has 43.

Hampshire are minus injured seamers Kyle Abbott and Brad Wheal, hence why the left-arm spinner Liam Dawson has bowled through the morning unbroken from the Pavilion End.

Abbott has gone for a scan on a foot injury, though Wheal’s problem has not yet been disclosed.

Kohler-Cadmore whipped Dawson for six over mid-wicket and took two leg-side boundaries in Mason Crane’s first over – the other Hampshire spinner – though runs remain at a premium in tricky conditions.

1.03pm – Lunch Yorkshire enjoy another excellent session. We are 102-1, leading by 182, after 43 overs of the second innings. Kohler-Cadmore 49 and Hill 43. Those two have batted through the morning unbroken.

12.50pm Kohler-Cadmore pulls Dawson away to deep backward square fence to move to 44 – his highest score of the Championship season. 95-1 – a lead of 175.

12.26pm Joe Root has been ranked as the number one Test batsman in the world by the ICC, replacing Kane Williamson, following his recent sublime form.

12.23pm Yorkshire are 85-1 in the 35th over, leading by 165. Both Hill and Kohler-Cadmore have 38.

11.53am Hampshire are really under the pump here. Not only is Abbott off the field, so is fellow seamer Wheal. He hasn’t been on this morning. Two leg-side boundaries for Kohler-Cadmore in the Crane’s first over of the innings. 63-1 – a lead of 143. TKC has 36.

11.32am Yorkshire have moved to 50-1, leading by 130. Kohler-Cadmore whipped Dawson’s left-arm spin for six over deep mid-wicket fence just a few moments ago.

11.21am Yorkshire move to 43-1 in the 18th over, a lead of 123. Kohler-Cadmore and Hill have started nicely against a Hampshire attack minus Abbott. Has been confirmed that Abbott is off the field and has gone for a scan on a foot injury.

11.01am We are underway with @YorkshireCCC 35-1 in the 13th over, the first of the day. Dawson bowling. Early single to Kohler-Cadmore.

Pretty sure that Hampshire seamer Abbott is off the field with an injury.

10.57am Just a quick look at the action elsewhere in Division One.

Lancashire 100-1 v Warwickshire 371, Emirates Old Trafford
Somerset 87-7 v Nottinghamshire 448, Taunton

Good morning from the Ageas Bowl, where it is another overcast morning ahead of day three.

Yorkshire are in full control of this Division One fixture at its halfway mark, leading by 114 runs with nine second innings wickets in hand.

The pitch remains tricky to bat on, though did look a touch easier yesterday when we had an hour or so’s sunshine during the afternoon session.

If Yorkshire can get themselves up to a 275-run lead, it is hard to see how Hampshire can chase that down. In truth, though, you suspect they would be a touch disappointed with only getting another 160 runs today.

We are due to bowl 98 overs in the day to make up for the lost time to bad light on day one.

When we resume at 11am, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and George Hill will return to the crease on 16 and 10 respectively.

It will be interesting to see the extent of an injury to Hampshire’s seam bowling spearhead Kyle Abbott, who is suffering a foot or ankle injury and did not bowl last night.

There will be a stream available once more. Enjoy the day.

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