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Andrew Gale said

Andrew Gale

“The lads are gutted because I’d probably say it’s our best performance of the season all round. We dominated the game. To only come out with a point extra then them, we’re disappointed.

“I don’t think we could have done anything more today.

“We tried our best, we tried all different plans. But they showed a lot of character and the pitch lost a lot of pace.

“It didn’t spin or go up and down as much as we thought it would.

“I don’t think we could have done much more – I praise the lads’ efforts. We’ve thrown everything at that.

“I always thought we’d need to win three out of the last four games (to have a chance of winning the Championship).

“Had we won that with two home games to come, you are thinking, ‘Hmmm’.

“We’re not down and out by any means. Win the next two games and you go to Trent Bridge for the last match and who knows what could happen.”

6.25pm Match drawn. Hampshire finish on 177-9 from 115 overs. Abbott and Wheal bat out the last 7.4 overs, six against double spin in fading light, to deny Yorkshire victory. We take 12 points and are 16.5 behind Division One leaders Warwickshire with three remaining.

6.10pm Five overs remaining. Bess and Lyth on now because of fading light. 177-9.

6pm WICKET Thompson!!!! He gets Vince lbw for 42. 177-9 with a little under eight overs remaining.

5.51pm Yorkshire have 10 overs in which to take two wickets. 161-8. Abbott and Vince at the crease. Hardly any runs being scored.

5.24pm WICKET Barker caught behind off Thompson for 4. 159-8 with 16.3 overs to go. Injured Abbott on his way out to bat and join Vince.

5.15pm Vince and Barker have resisted for the last half hour or so, and they are not taking every run on offer. 159-7 with almost 19 overs remaining. Patterson and Bess bowling as we speak.

4.47pmWICKET Thompson bowls McManus, 8. 138-7 in the 90th. A little more than 25 overs remain.

4.23pm WICKET Dawson lbw to Fisher, who has two wickets with the new ball. 124-6. 31 overs remaining.

4.10pm WICKET Crane has edged Fisher to second slip (Lyth) trying to leave alone. 28 off 197 balls for the Hampshire nightwatchman. 120-5 with 33.1 overs remaining.

Tea Report Yorkshire’s hopes of an LV= Insurance County Championship win over Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl hang in the balance at tea on day four.

The White Rose need six more wickets in a minimum of 35 overs, with Hampshire 120-4 from 80.

Late last night they were set a target of 393 which has never looked like being chased on a largely slow and low pitch.

Yorkshire have struck twice on day four, once in each session.

Matthew Fisher claimed the afternoon wicket when he had Nick Gubbins caught and bowled, one-handed above his head, following a miscued pull. That left Hampshire at 86-4 in the 57th over of the innings.

Nightwatchman Mason Crane has batted through the first two sessions of the day unbroken. He resumed this morning on nought from five balls, reaching tea at 28 not out from 192. He is two runs short of a career best score.

Crane and Hampshire captain James Vince, the other not out batsman on 14, faced a run of eight maidens in a row from Dom Bess, Steve Patterson and Adam Lyth during the afternoon.

Yorkshire do have the new ball available immediately after tea. It needs to work if they are to start their four-game Division One campaign with a victory.

3.39pm – Tea Hampshire bat through the second session of the day, losing one wicket. They have reached 120-4 from 80 overs. A minimum of 35 more to bowl in the game. New ball due immediately after tea, with Yorkshire needing six wickets to win. Vince 14 and Crane 28.

3.05pm Vince gets a couple of runs down the ground off Patterson, breaking a run of eight maidens on the trot from Bess, Patterson and Lyth. Hampshire are 106-4 with a minimum of 44 overs remaining in the game.

2.47pm Proving a hard slog for Yorkshire’s bowlers. The pitch looks pretty easy to survive on now. 104-4. New ball due in 13 overs. Vince and Crane resisting.

2.27pm Hampshire have moved to 104-4. Crane has 22 and Vince 8. We have 53 overs remaining in the game.

2.04pm WICKET. Gubbins miscues a pull at Fisher, who takes the return catch one-handed above his head. Hampshire are 86-4. Vince in. Get him, and we really are in business.

1.46pm Bess and Fisher opening the bowling immediately after lunch. Hampshire 80-3.

Lunch report Jordan Thompson claimed the only wicket during the final morning at the Ageas Bowl as Yorkshire’s victory bid was held up by Hampshire resistance.

Hampshire started day four of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture on 26-2 from 19 overs chasing 393 on a slow and low pitch and reached lunch at 76-3 from 51.

Thompson trapped opener Joe Weatherley lbw playing around a straight one for 43, leaving the score at 74-3 in the 47th over – the 28th of the morning.

Nightwatchman Mason Crane batted through the session unbroken for 10 off 106 balls, while Nick Gubbins is with him on two.

Yorkshire have a minimum of 64 overs in which to take another seven wickets to make a winning start to their Division One campaign which will decide the county champions and the Bob Willis Trophy finalists.

1.01pm – Lunch Hampshire move to 76-3 from 51 overs of their second innings. 393 target, but that won’t come into the equation. A minimum of 64 overs remaining in the game. Crane 10, Gubbins 2.

12.45pm WICKET The breakthrough comes as Weatherley is trapped lbw by Thompson, 43. Hampshire 74-3 in the 47th.

12.20pm Last night in his post day media duties, Hampshire coach Adrian Birrell said: “We did a bit of maths and we worked out that if everyone faces 72 balls we will bat out the day. So we are hopeful.”

Well, nightwatchman Crane has just faced his 72nd ball. Hampshire 59-2. with 75 overs remaining. Thompson into the attack.

12.13pm Hampshire 52-2 and have batted through the opening 70 minutes of the day relatively comfortably. Weatherley has 27 and Crane 5.

11.33am Few oohs and aahs in the opening half hour, but Hampshire have come through it unscathed. They are 39-2 in the 28th over – bowled by Bess. This is his first of the morning. Weatherley has 19 and Crane 4.

11.06am Hampshire 27-2 in the second over of the day. They are chasing 393 with Weatherley and nightwatchman Crane at the crease. Coad and Fisher sharing bowling duties.

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

Nothing much has changed weather wise over the last few days in Southampton, aside from the odd pocket of afternoon sunshine.

Yorkshire head into day four on course for a victory which would give them the ideal start to their Division One campaign.

Hampshire, chasing 393, will start the day on 26-2 with nightwatchman Mason Crane at the crease, and Steve Patterson and co have a minimum of 96 overs to claim eight wickets.

While Yorkshire are on top and have dominated the game, the task of finishing the job won’t be an easy one as they bid to compact the six-team table with three rounds remaining.

The pitch has gone slow and low. It is not flat by any stretch, but the task of taking wickets looked far harder yesterday than it did on days one and two – even though Hampshire were two seamers light through injury.

Kyle Abbott has an ankle injury and Brad Wheal is struggling with his knee.

Dom Bess claimed the wicket of Tom Alsop in the penultimate over of day three last night and looks set to have a big role to play.

A 20-point haul is the reward on offer for a Yorkshire victory today.

You can watch the action on the live stream link provided later. We get underway at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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