Ben Coad took three wickets in a fabulous six-over morning spell as dominant Yorkshire wrapped up a Specsavers County Championship victory over Hampshire by an innings and 44 runs midway through the final afternoon at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire started day four on 54-5 in their second innings, 198 runs behind, having been asked to follow-on, and they were bowled out for 208 as Liam Dawson and Keith Barker resisted in a record ninth-wicket stand.
Coad struck three times in the first half hour of play, leaving the score at 59-8, before the home all-rounders both hit half-centuries and added 131.
They shared in Hampshire’s highest ever ninth-wicket partnership in first-class matches against Yorkshire and also the highest stand for that wicket on this ground.
Dawson finished with a fine 92 off 167 balls, but Yorkshire picked up 23 points from their second Division One match of the summer.
Coad claimed the day’s first three wickets, including two in two balls, as his six-over spell also included five maidens and cost him five runs.
He later finished with innings figures of 3-27 from 17 overs, added to Steve Patterson’s 4-47 from 18.
Coad and Duanne Olivier conceded only one run in the first five and a half overs of the day before the former trapped Rilee Rossouw lbw, leaving the score at 55-6 in the 31st over.
Then, in the 33rd, he had Gareth Berg caught at first slip by Tom Kohler-Cadmore – his sixth of seven catches of the match – and Ian Holland lbw for a golden duck (59-8).
Holland only joined the game today as a concussion replacement for wicketkeeper Lewis McManus, who was twice struck on the helmet yesterday by Olivier bouncers.
Dawson later reached his fourth successive first-class fifty this season off 90 balls, helping to take the score to 157-8 at lunch.
Barker followed him to fifty after lunch, off 88 balls, before edging Patterson behind to end their 36-over alliance and leave the score at 190-9 in the 69th over.
Then, as Dawson tried to reach his century, Olivier had him caught at mid-wicket by Kohler-Cadmore to wrap up the win in the 72nd over of the innings.
For the vast majority of this match, bowlers on both sides had to work hard for their wickets on a docile pitch which only really proved a danger with the new ball.
Hampshire, replying to 554-7 declared, were bowled out for 302 in their first innings before slipping badly after tea on day three to 54-5.
Some uneven bounce was evident during days three and four, but the pressure had been ramped up on the hosts as they batted for a second time.
Yorkshire’s dominance began with the bat when five players passed 50, including Gary Ballance, who made an excellent 148.
The county schedule now sees a break for Championship cricket until mid May whilst the group stages of the Royal London one-day Cup are played.
The White Rose’s next Division One match is against Kent at Canterbury, starting on May 14.
They began their RL50 campaign against Leicestershire at Emerald Headingley on Wednesday (11am).