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Gary Ballance

Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance

“That’s pretty cool (first man to score five hundreds in five Championship matches for Yorkshire).

“But, again, it’s just nice to contribute, kick on and put us in a decent position to give ourselves a bit of a chance going into the last couple of sessions.

“I don’t look too much into the stats, it’s just nice being consistent. That’s what I take out of it. I’m pretty happy about that.

“I’m enjoying my cricket this season and being part of this group. When I feel like that, it gets the best out of me. Long may that continue.

“We had to give it a go (pursuit of victory). Anything can happen on the last day at Headingley. We gave ourselves 48 overs, got five wickets and created chances. It was a good effort. Had we not lost 100 overs at least in the game, it would have been a good last day. I’m confident we could have got the win.”

Match drawn Hampshire finish on 158-5 with two overs left. They take nine points and go top, Yorkshire eight points and stay third. Ballance 100 the feature – the first YCCC batsman to score five tons in five Championship matches.

5.55pm Bess bowls Holland. Hampshire are 153-5 with four and a half overs remaining. Still time?

5.28pm WICKET ALERT!

Rossouw 50 off 66 balls with 9×4s. 137-3 in the 36th of 48 overs. He and Weatherley have shared 102 unbroken. Hang on, Weatherley (66) chips Bess to mid-wicket. 137-4.

4.57pm Joe Weatherley has reached 52 off 84 balls with 11×4s. Hampshire are 91-3 with 20 overs remaining. Yorkshire need something special now.

4.26pm Despite their excellent start with the ball, Yorkshire desperately need a wicket. Joe Weatherley and Rilee Rossouw have taken the sting out of the situation for Hampshire. 57-3 with less than 29 overs remaining. Patterson and Willey are in operation for the hosts.

4.16pm Around the grounds courtesy of the ECB Reporters Network…..

Division One

Essex v Kent

Daniel Bell-Drummond posted his highest Championship score of the season as he almost single-handedly attempts to save the game for Kent. Chasing a nominal 338 to win from 90 overs, Bell-Drummond was 67 not out at tea out of Kent’s 188 for six.

Warwickshire v Surrey

Warwickshire are on course for their first win of the season against the reigning champions season as Surrey, chasing 272, went into tea on 103 for 7.

On a turning pitch, Surrey spinner Gareth Batty earlier took a career-best 8 for 64, including a hat-trick, in the morning before the home side declared on 166 for 9. Patel then took six of the first seven wickets in Surrey’s second innings, passing 850 first-class wickets in the process.

Yorkshire v Hampshire

Hampshire were set an unlikely victory target of 279 in 48 overs by Yorkshire and are 35 for 3 at tea. They will go to the top of the table if they avoid defeat. Earlier, Gary Ballance had made his fifth successive Championship century, going back to the end of last season.

Division Two

Gloucestershire v Lancashire

With two days lost to rain this game is heading for a draw. Matt Taylor claimed Championship career-best figures of 5 for 57 as Lancashire were dismissed for 244 and a first-innings lead of 39.

Derbyshire beat Leicestershire by 65 runs

Derbyshire’s seamers needed less than a session to take the six wickets needed to wrap up a 65-run win as Leicestershire, chasing 234, were dismissed for 168.

Sussex v Glamorgan

Glamorgan lead by 218 with two second-innings wickets in hand and a draw looks certain at Hove. Australian Marnus Labuschagne made a career-best 192 and Nick Selman 99 as they shared a Glamorgan second-wicket record of 291.

Worcestershire v Middlesex

Middlesex are on course for their first win of the season at New Road. Their overnight declaration left the hosts to score 353 and Tim Murtagh took five wickets as Worcestershire reached 189 for 7 at tea.

Tea Yorkshire’s hopes of victory over Hampshire are still alive after the visitors, chasing 279 in 48 overs, slipped to 35-3 at tea.

Hampshire will go to the top of the Specsavers County Championship table if they avoid defeat, but their concerns have been increased by losing captain Sam Northeast at the start of the session’s final over.

Oli Soames and Ajinkya Rahane fell inside the first three overs of their ‘chase’, the score slipping to seven for two.

Soames was caught and bowled by Duanne Olivier off a top-edged pull and Rahane lost his middle stump to an in-swinger from Ben Coad, via inside edge.

Coad then had Northeast caught low down at mid-wicket by David Willey with the third ball of the session’s final over. The players took tea immediately with 35.3 overs remaining in the game.

Earlier, Yorkshire declared their second innings on 332-5, the feature of which was Gary Ballance’s 100. He fell lbw to Mason Crane five balls after lunch. Ballance has now posted five Championship hundreds in as many matches dating back to last September.

Jonny Tattersall and Willey (26) shared an unbroken 64 in 10.1 overs for the sixth wicket, with Tattersall 51 not out when the declaration came.

3.03pm WICKET!!! Ben Coad bowls Rahane off an inside edge. It’s 7-2.

2.40pm Tattersall with back-to-back boundaries off Barker to reach a 52-ball fifty with 9×4s. Yorkshire 332-5, a lead of 278 with 50 overs left in the day. And that’s the declaration. Willey unbeaten on 26. Hampshire need 279 in 48 overs to win.

1.54pm Leaning gone! He’s been bowled middle stump by Barker for 41. Yorkshire now 268-5, leading by 214 with 60.1 overs remaining.

1.29pm Ballance has been trapped lbw by Crane for 100, five balls after lunch. Excellent knock. 239-4, a Yorkshire lead of 185.

Lunch There was enough time for Gary Ballance to complete a fifth century in as many Specsavers County Championship matches dating back to the final game of last season during another rain-affected session between Yorkshire and Hampshire at Emerald Headingley, and this match is heading for a draw.

Only 8.2 overs were bowled on the fourth morning, which started late at 11.45am. The players left the field again at 12.15pm, when Yorkshire were 239-3 in their second innings, leading by 185.

Yorkshire started the day on 207-3 and Ballance on 83.

He brought up his latest milestone, the sixth Championship ton of his career against Hampshire, off 164 balls with 15 fours.

Only Herbert Sutcliffe (between 1920 and 1939) has scored as many centuries as Ballance has against Hampshire.

Jack Leaning also advanced to 30 not out.

The day started with 12 overs lost, and there will be more added to that when we resume, hopefully at 1.25pm after an early lunch. It would take something remarkable to produce a positive result for either side.

12.35pm The umpires have called an early lunch for 12.45pm, and we should get going again at 1.25pm. It has stopped raining now.

12.09pm HUNDRED! Ballance reaches yet another ton off 164 balls with 15×4s as Yorkshire move to 239-3, a lead of 185. It is actually raining again, but we continue.

11.24am We have a scheduled start time of 11.45am.

11.17am The covers are coming off here. Fingers crossed, we should get some cricket shortly.

All class from Dave…..

10.43am It’s raining again!

An interesting read on Yorkshire Cricket from Paul Edwards

10.25am The rain has stopped and we should get away on time.

9.20am Around the grounds ahead of day four…

Division One

Yorkshire 181 and 207-3 v Hampshire 235, Emerald Headingley
Warwickshire 293 and 76-2 v Surrey 188, Edgbaston
Essex 313 and 181-6 v Kent 182, Chelmsford

Division Two

Worcestershire 156 v Middlesex 221 and 287-6, New Road
Sussex 420 v Glamorgan 186 and 218-1, Hove
Leicestershire 120 and 110-4 v Derbyshire 139 and 214, Grace Road
Gloucestershire 205 v Lancashire 47-2, Cheltenham

Good morning from Emerald Headingley, where it is dry but overcast ahead of day four.

The covers are off and the players are about to start warming up.

We could be set for a fabulous day’s cricket as long as the weather holds, which it hasn’t done for the first three, with a little more than 100 overs lost in the game.

Yorkshire will resume their second innings on 207-3, a lead of 153. They will be looking to bat until around lunch time before bowling for victory later on this afternoon.

If Yorkshire do win, it would be their third in four matches this season. With it would come the early lead in Division One.

I hesitate to say we will definitely start at 11am – I made that mistake earlier in the game. But things are looking ok at the moment.

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