Hampshire dig in to draw with Yorkshire

LV County Championship Division One, Headingley
Yorkshire 355 & 165-8 drew with Hampshire 232 & 153-8
Yorkshire 9pts, Hampshire 6pts
Match scorecard
Sean Ervine
Ervine hit seven fours in his 79-ball 55 at Headingley

Sean Ervine led the Hampshire resistance with a valuable half-century as they dug in to draw with Yorkshire.

Set 289 to win, Tim Bresnan (3-18) destroyed the Hampshire top order to leave them 7-4, then 54-6.

But Ervine (55) put on 73 for the seventh wicket with Dominic Cork (22) before Kabir Ali and Danny Briggs survived the final 13.4 overs as they reached the close on 153-8.

Kabir had earlier taken 4-43 as Yorkshire declared on 165-8.

The result leaves Yorkshire still searching for their first home Championship win of the season, and there was further concern for the Tykes as Bresnan had to leave the field with a tight calf muscle at 102-6 and was unable to return.

His absence proved crucial after taking 3-2 in his opening five-over spell as he trapped Liam Dawson lbw and had Jimmy Adams caught at the second attempt by Joe Root at short leg in the space of three balls, before also pinning Neil McKenzie leg before.

Ryan Sidebottom had also struck to remove Johann Myburgh lbw, before Steve Patterson kept up the pressure by having James Vince caught low down at second slip by Adil Rashid and bowling Nic Pothas off stump.

That left Hampshire 54-6 but Cork dug in to offer Ervine support and soon made the eight he needed to reach 10,000 runs in first-class cricket.

The pair added 73 in 19 overs before Rashid trapped Hampshire captain Cork lbw and had Ervine caught driving to mid-off in the space of three runs.

But neither Rashid nor Ajmal Shahzad were able to find another breakthrough as Kabir and Briggs whittled down the overs.

Kabir, playing his first County Championship match of the season, had earlier impressed with the ball to restrict Yorkshire's progress from their overnight 62-3.

The only batsman to make any real progress was Gerard Brophy, who made an unbeaten 37, but was hit on the right hand by both Cork and Kabir and had to got to hospital for an X-ray which showed bruising and swelling around his thumb.


Yorkshire coach Martyn Moxon told BBC Radio Leeds:

"We're obviously bitterly disappointed. We had an opportunity to finish them off but weren't able to do it, so it feels like a defeat at the moment.

"Overall I'm pretty pleased. It's been a hard battle and there are areas we can improve on, but we dominated the game pretty much but don't have too many points to show for it.

"[Ervine and Cork] showed their experience and we didn't back the opening bowlers up initially. It's frustrating because we got ourselves into a winning position but couldn't finish it off."

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