Yorkshire v Hampshire: Anthony McGrath leads Tykes fightback
|County Championship Division Two, Headingley Carnegie|
|Close, day three: Hampshire 427 & 21-1 v Yorkshire 399-9 dec|
|Yorks 6pts, Hants 7pts|
Anthony McGrath hit an unbeaten century as Yorkshire fought back on day three against Hampshire at Headingley.
After resuming on 100-3, the home side lost Phil Jacques for 93 and Gary Ballance (76) as they slipped to 193-5.
But McGrath shepherded the tail expertly, hitting 106 not out in over four hours at the crease as Yorkshire declared on 399-9 to trail by 28.
Hampshire extended that lead to 49 as they reached the close on 21-1, Liam Dawson the man out.
McGrath's ton came exactly 17 years to the day that he made his first-class debut for the county against Glamorgan at Bradford.
He offered only one chance before reaching three figures - his 33rd first-class ton for Yorkshire - too, when Simon Katich put down a simple catch at first slip after McGrath edged Kabir Ali.
And his innings proved vital given that at one stage his side were 237-7, needing 41 more to avoid the follow-on.
They comfortably negotiated that threat in the end and will head into the final day with all three results possible.
There was also a notable milestone for Australian Jacques, who passed 14,000 first-class runs when he reached 86, but he missed out on a second successive century when he was caught round the corner off Dawson to end a stand of 149 for the fourth wicket with Ballance.