The wickets were shared around as an impressive Yorkshire bowling display built on earlier good work from the batsmen to give them the definite advantage at the halfway mark of the LV= Insurance County Championship match against Hampshire.
Replying to Yorkshire’s first-innings 243 in this LV= Insurance County Championship Division One fixture, Hampshire slumped to 123-9 and later 163 all out as Ben Coad and Jordan Thompson claimed three wickets apiece added to two each for Matthew Fisher and Dom Bess.
James Vince made a fluent 49 with nine fours in his 90 balls through the afternoon, Hampshire’s top score in continued challenging batting conditions.
The White Rose were frustrated as a last-wicket stand of 40 between Kyle Abbott and Brad Wheal at least gave the hosts something to cheer.
But Yorkshire then reached 34-1 from 12 overs of their second innings, ensuring a lead of 114 at close.
Yorkshire added 46 runs to their overnight 197-6, losing Jordan Thompson to the day’s second ball when he played on to Wheal before Bess advanced from 45 to 54, including reaching his fifty off 90 balls.
Much like day one, play took place under overcast skies, though the sun did poke through as the White Rose bowled during the afternoon.
Bess was one of the four Yorkshire wickets to fall, as were wicket-takers Fisher and Coad.
When Thompson fell, trying to leave alone, Yorkshire were 197-7 in the 87th over.
Bess reached his fifty before falling to the left-arm seam of Keith Barker, bowled off potentially a feather of an inside-edge as off and leg stumps were significantly disturbed, leaving Yorkshire at 215-8 in the 96th.
Fisher added an important 17 before he fell as the first of two wickets in successive overs from the leg-spin of Mason Crane – both him and Coad trapped lbw, ending the innings in the 107th over.
Yorkshire claimed one batting bonus point, and they seemed to be in a strong position in the game even though they narrowly missed out on a second bonus point.
So it proved.
Within nine balls of their reply, Hampshire were 1-2 thanks to new ball pair Coad and Fisher.
Coad trapped Ian Holland lbw with the last ball of the opening over and Fisher had the other opener Joe Weatherley brilliantly caught behind by a diving Harry Duke with one that nipped away three balls later.
In the penultimate over of the morning, Coad then had left-handed Nick Gubbins caught at third slip by Harry Duke – 16-3 in the seventh.
Hampshire skipper Vince led an early afternoon recovery, driving typically handsomely and taking three fours off one Thompson over as the all-rounder made an expensive start to his bowling duties before coming back superbly either side of tea.
Vince serenely made his way to 49 before things became tougher.
He was kept one run short of 50 for 10 balls before Fisher tested him out with the short ball. It was a test he did not pass as he top-edged a pull out to the waiting hands of George Hill edging in from the deep square-leg boundary.
That left Hampshire at 86-4 in the 33rd over.
Then, in the 36th, Bess bowled left-handed Tom Alsop for a near two-and-a-half hour 12 – 93-5.
Thompson then claimed the wicket of Liam Dawson, trapped lbw with the first ball of the afternoon’s final over, to give the visitors a significant boost with the home score now at 109-6 in the 45th.
Wickets continued to fall after the break.
Barker edged Thompson to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip in the 47th (113-7) before Lewis McManus fell to a sharp bit of work from his fellow wicketkeeper Duke off Bess’s bowling as the score slipped to 121-8 in the 50th.
McManus jammed a ball from the off-spinner into his own boot, only for it to balloon up to Duke, who took a sharp one-handed catch. He also whipped the bails off for good measure in case the stumping was a possibility.
Umpires Llong and Middlebrook convened before sending McManus on his way.
Crane followed in the next over when he fended Thompson to Adam Lyth at second slip – 123-9.
Abbott and Wheal then held Yorkshire’s charge up for the best part of 12 overs, with the former leading the way with three off-side boundaries in an unbeaten 21.
Wheal supported him with 12 before edging Coad behind to a tumbling Duke, leaving Coad with 3-29 from 12.3 overs and Thompson 3-35 from 12.
Yorkshire lost Lyth caught behind against Wheal two overs into their second innings (7-1), but Kohler-Cadmore and Hill held firm with 16 and 10 to ensure the 15-wicket tally in 104 overs was not increased.