Yorkshire set title-chasing Hampshire a target of 214 late on day three at Scarborough with a highly determined and skilful day three batting display.
A second LV= Insurance County Championship victory of the season is very realistic, with Hampshire having closed on 9-0 from three overs.
Half-centuries for Adam Lyth and Jonny Tattersall contributed to pushing the home side’s lead up beyond 200, both men who scored big hundreds in the first innings of the defeat against Surrey here earlier this month.
The pair will hope this game produces a different outcome.
Yorkshire started the day on 23-1 in their second innings, trailing by 36, and were bowled out for 272 to give Hampshire three overs of batting to do before close.
South African Kyle Abbott finished with 4-77 to add to his first-innings 6-36 – 10-113 in the match.
Yorkshire benefitted from Hampshire’s profligacy in terms of catching.
Lyth was dropped twice on 14 and 56 on the way to 59, while Tattersall was handed a life on 26 on his way to 63.
In all, Hampshire dropped six catches, including three by Joe Weatherley, to harm the second-placed side’s chances of winning an eighth game in 11 this season to ratchet up the pressure on Division One leaders Surrey.
Lyth’s two were off Abbott, while Tattersall and Matthew Waite (11) were both let off by wicketkeeper Ben Brown off James Fuller.
Tattersall and Lyth shared 53 either side of lunch for the fourth wicket from 66-3 before Tattersall and Waite, who made 47, put on 78 for the fifth into the early evening, advancing from 119-4.
Yorkshire’s progress was steady, it was considered. It was always likely to be so against a potent Hampshire seam attack led by ex-South Africa Test quick Abbott.
Accumulation was key on a pitch which continues to offer plenty to the seamers.
Even when left-arm spinner Liam Dawson bowled the game’s first over of spin midway through the afternoon – the game was 175 overs by then – he got some purchase.
Yorkshire enjoyed a solid morning, to 98-3, a lead of 39.
In wiping off the first-innings deficit before lunch, Yorkshire lost only Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Will Fraine. Wickets had tumbled during the first and second morning, but not today.
It was a session that set an encouraging tone for the rest of the day.
Kohler-Cadmore was first to go when he was caught behind off Abbott via a combination of inside-edge and pad for 19 before Fraine was bowled by Ian Holland, leaving the score at 66-3 in the 32nd.
Only Lyth fell during an afternoon which saw Yorkshire reach 185-4 from 80 overs.
He feathered behind down leg off Fuller’s seam – 119-4 in the 58th.
In the 20 minutes before tea, Tattersall and Waite took Yorkshire’s lead beyond 100, the former edging a boundary to third-man off Fuller as the score moved to 161-4.
Moments later, Tattersall reached his fifty off 108 balls.
In the latter stages of the afternoon, runs came with more frequency than at any other stage in the day, 35 of them in the final eight overs.
The new ball was taken immediately after tea and brought Hampshire success in the form of two Muhammad Abbas wickets, leaving Yorkshire at 210-6 in the 90th over, a lead of 151.
Waite bowled by Abbas for a well made 47 before Tattersall edged a low catch to wide third slip by Holland.
Abbott then struck three times in 13 balls to undermine Yorkshire’s chances of setting a 200 plus target, leaving them at 242-9 in the 107th over, a lead of 183.
He trapped Dom Bess lbw before later getting both Jordan Thompson and Matthew Revis (24) caught behind in the 107th.
But Steve Patterson and Ben Coad added a crucial 30 runs for the 10th wicket, Coad finishing 17 not out, to achieve that 200 plus target.
Patterson was caught at gully by Weatherley off Fuller to leave Hampshire with a horrible three-over spell of batting to do, which openers Holland and Felix Organ navigated.