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Recent Match Report – Hampshire vs Yorkshire, County Championship Division One, 2nd Innings

Yorkshire 554 for 7 dec (Ballance 148, Root 94, Leaning 77, Lyth 67, Tattersall 52) beat Hampshire 302 (Northeast 99, Dawson 57) and 208 (Dawson 92, Barker 64, Patterson 4-47, Coad 3-27) by an innings and 44 runs

Yorkshire romped to an innings victory over Hampshire to continue their unbeaten start to the County Championship season.

Ben Coad took three of the five wickets needed on the final day as he produced figures of three for five from his morning spell before Steven Patterson and Duanne Olivier finished the job in the afternoon.

Yorkshire were held up by half-centuries to Liam Dawson and Keith Barker in a 131-run stand for the ninth wicket, but confirmed their triumph by an innings and 44 runs at 2.40pm.

Yorkshire move above Hampshire, and up to second, in the Division One table having secured maximum points at the Ageas Bowl.

Hampshire, who had won their first fixture against Essex to claim the full 24 points on offer, were brought back down to earth as they only gathered four points

The White Rose county had fought to draw their opening Championship fixture at Nottinghamshire – after a monumental partnership between Joe Root and Gary Ballance.

The pair had set the win on course having scored 94 and 148 respectively before the bowling attack teamed up to enforce the follow-on.

Yorkshire needed five wickets on the final day, having catapulted the Hampshire top order the previous evening.

Steven Patterson had been the chief destroyer having taken three for nine from seven overs – accounting for Joe Weatherley, James Vince and Sam Northeast.

Matt Waite also leaned in with the wickets of Aiden Markram and night-watchman Kyle Abbott as Hampshire ended day three on 54 for 5 – following on having been bowled out for 302 in response to the visitors’ 554.

Hampshire attempted to batten down the hatches to save the match – only scoring one run in the opening seven overs off the bat.

But during that barren spell, they lost their first wicket of the day as Rilee Rossouw, playing an unfamiliar defensive role, was lbw to Coad to the 33rd ball of the day.

Gareth Berg lasted just three deliveries before he completed a pair for the match – edging Coad to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip.

Hampshire were forced to invoke the concussion rule, where a county can bring in a like-for-like replacement if a player suffers a head injury during the match, after Lewis McManus was struck twice on the helmet by Olivier and was deemed unfit to bat. He was replaced by all-rounder Ian Holland.

But the Australian’s only involvement in the match was to be struck on the pads first ball by the rampant Coad, although Barker blocked out the hat-trick ball.

Dawson and Barker held up proceedings with their partnership – a record for the ninth wicket both for Hampshire against Yorkshire and at the Ageas Bowl.

Both played their natural game, with Dawson in particular driving freely on his way to a 90-ball fifty – his fourth in as many first-class innings this season.

Having taken the game into a 11th session, Barker raised his bat on an 88-ball maiden half century for his new county – having arrived from Warwickshire in the winter.

But Barker fell for 64 when he edged Patterson behind having occupied the crease for just under 36 overs, before Dawson, after an entertaining burst to try and reach a century, skied to Kohler-Cadmore at mid-wicket.

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