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Tom Kohler-Cadmore

“We’re in a good position. This rain is obviously a frustrating thing, but myself and Gary (Ballance) had a nice partnership there. Then Jack (Leaning) and Gary finished it off for the day.

“It’s put us in a good position going into tomorrow with hopefully only two results possible from the game.

“(Morning tactics). It’s a funny one because you don’t want to give them too much of a sniff. Say if we go really hard in the morning and get bowled out with a lead of 200, then they’re well in the game. But we also don’t want to get too many ahead that they think, ‘We’ll shut up shop from ball one’.

“It’s going to be quite an interesting conversation between Steve Patterson, the two batters in and Andrew Gale as to how we go about it.

“Right now, we’re in a good position, and today showed that when the clouds came over there’s still enough in the pitch to create 10 chances tomorrow.

“I’m playing nicely at the minute, which is annoying in that I’ve not got a big score yet. I’m moving nicely and feel like one’s around the corner.”

Close Play has been abandoned for the day.

Tea Brilliant Gary Ballance moved towards a fifth Specsavers County Championship century in as many matches dating back to last September as Yorkshire moved into a healthy position on day three against Hampshire at Emerald Headingley.

Rain forced tea 15 minutes early with Yorkshire 207-3 from 65.1 overs in their second innings, leading by 153.

Ballance was unbeaten on 83.

Hampshire struck only once during the afternoon, with Ian Holland trapping Tom Kohler-Cadmore lbw playing across one for 69 – 161-3 in the 54th over.

By that stage, Yorkshire led by 107 following a 141-run partnership in 45 overs for the third wicket.

When the rain arrived, there were still 41.5 overs remaining in the day. Ballance is also closing in on his sixth career Championship century against Hampshire.

3.27pm Around the grounds courtesy of the ECB Reporters Network…..

Division One

Essex (6th) v Kent (4th)

Rain has arrived at Chelmsford with Alastair Cook, who made a century in the first innings, unbeaten on 74. Essex’s lead is 266 with six second-innings wickets remaining.

Warwickshire (8th) v Surrey (5th)

Steady drizzle prevented any play between lunch and tea after a shortened morning session when Warwickshire moved to 76 for 2, a lead of 181. Off-spinner Gareth Batty has taken both wickets today, removing Dominic Sibley and Rob Yates lbw.

Yorkshire (3rd) v Hampshire (2nd)

In the best batting conditions of the match so far, Yorkshire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Gary Ballance have both made unbeaten half-centuries to take their lead past 100 with eight second-innings wickets in hand. Ballance is aiming for his fourth Championship hundred of the season.

Division Two

Gloucestershire (3rd) v Lancashire (1st) at Cheltenham

No play for the second day running. Rain which had seeped under the covers on Monday night is still an issue for the umpires Paul Pollard and Jeff Evans.

Leicestershire (8th) v Derbyshire (7th) at Leicester

Leicestershire, who have been set a target of 234, are 93 for 3 after Derbyshire’s last two wickets added 44 runs in what has been a low-scoring match.

Sussex (6th) v Glamorgan (4th)

Australian Marnus Labuschagne has scored his third hundred of the season as Glamorgan continued their impressive fightback. He is 131 not out and has so far added 218 for the second wicket with Nick Selman, but there has been no play since 12.20pm because of rain. Glamorgan still trail by 14 runs.

Worcestershire (2nd) v Middlesex (9th)

No play so far today with Middlesex leading by 260 on 195 for 2 with captain Dawid Malan unbeaten on 107.

3.06pm Kohler-Cadmore gone! Lbw playing across one from Holland for a well made 69. Yorkshire 161-3, leading by 107. That’s the end of a 141-run stand between him and Ballance, who has 62.

2.16pm Yorkshire 120-2 after 40 overs and a century stand between Kohler-Cadmore 55 and Ballance 39.

1.54pm Lovely cover driven boundary from Ballance off Barker and a back foot punch through same region for Kohler-Cadmore off Fuller. Yorkshire 101-3, leading by 47. Excellent.

1.44pm Some encouraging news from the lunch interval in that Tim Bresnan was out there doing some running drills with Yorkshire’s medical and fitness team. He suffered a calf tear at Canterbury the week before last.

Lunch Yorkshire have moved to 93-2 in their second innings and hold a lead of 39 over Hampshire at lunch on day three of their nip and tuck Specsavers County Championship clash at Emerald Headingley.

The White Rose county, trailing by 54 on first innings, started the day on five without loss and lost openers Harry Brook and Adam Lyth in the opening stages of the day.

Both men fell caught at second slip by Joe Weatherley off Keith Barker for nine as the hosts slipped to 20 for two, only to recover through Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Gary Ballance, who have helped their side into a healthy position with five sessions of the contest remaining.

They have shared an unbroken 73 for the third wicket, a partnership led by Kohler-Cadmore, who is 45 not out and has played confidently in the easiest batting conditions of the match so far.

Ballance was tied down in the teens by some accurate Hampshire bowling, but he will begin the afternoon on 23.

12.36pm Fidel Edwards has returned to the attack from the Kirkstall Lane End. We have just over half an hour to go until lunch (1.10pm – tea will be 4pm). If Kohler-Cadmore and Ballance can get through unscathed, Yorkshire should be pretty chuffed with their morning’s work. 74-2 at present, a lead of 20.

12.25pm Kohler-Cadmore and Ballance have shared 52 and counting for the third wicket, taking the score to 72-2. The lead is 18. Keep going lads!

12.11pm We’re 70 minutes through what has been a fascinating morning so far. There has been success for ball and bat. Kohler-Cadmore has played some lovely shots on the way to 26. Yorkshire are 63-2, leading by nine.

12.04pm Yorkshire 55-2 and into the lead by one. Ballance has 14 and Kohler-Cadmore 18.

11.17am Yorkshire lose their first, and it’s Brook caught at second slip by Weatherley off Barker for nine. It’s 15-1 in the seventh. Hampshire still lead by 39. Ballance joins Lyth at the crease.

11.06am Yorkshire are 7-0 in the fifth over of their second innings, trailing by 47. Edwards and Barker have the ball for Hampshire. Lyth is batting with a hamstring twinge, suffered as he took that catch to dismiss Joe Weatherley yesterday.

Jonathan looking at things from a different angle

10.32am Around the grounds…

Division One

Yorkshire 181 and 5-0 v Hampshire 235, Emerald Headingley
Warwickshire 293 and 26-0 v Surrey 188, Edgbaston
Essex 313 v Kent 182, Chelmsford

Division Two

Worcestershire 156 v Middlesex 221 and 195-2, New Road
Sussex 420 v Glamorgan 186 and 137-1, Hove
Leicestershire 120 v Derbyshire 139 and 160-8, Grace Road
Gloucestershire 205 v Lancashire 47-2, Cheltenham

Good morning from Emerald Headingley.

The sun is shining and the weather looks far more settled today than it has done over the last two, and we could be in for a belter of a day’s cricket.

The general consensus is that 200-250 will be a tough chase for Hampshire in swinging conditions: “It’s not the pitch, it’s the overheads,” Hampshire coach Adrian Birrell said last night to former all-rounder Kevan James, now working for BBC Radio Solent.

Yorkshire enjoyed a profitable second day yesterday as Hampshire posted 235 in reply to 181.

Ben Coad was superb for four wickets, but the White Rose were gifted two wickets when well placed in the morning on 80-2 when Indian Ajinkya Rahane danced down to Dom Bess and was stumped and Rilee Rossouw recklessly swiped at David Willey and was caught at first slip.

If Yorkshire can bat with circumspection today, they will be in a good position come 6.30pm tonight.

We start at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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