Shahzad haul leaves Hampshire at risk of following on

LV County Championship Division One, Headingley
Close of play, day two: Yorkshire 355, Hampshire 189-6
Yorkshire 5pts, Hampshire 2pts
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Ajmal Shahzad took four wickets for Yorkshire at Headingley as Hampshire ended the second day still needing 17 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Resuming on 304-7, Tim Bresnan (87) and Shahzad (48) extended their overnight stand to 108, but failed to help Yorkshire to a fourth batting point.

Bowled out in the end for 355, the Tykes then got on top with the ball.

Shahzad took 4-48, while Johannes Myburgh top scored with 64 as the visitors reached the close on 189-6.

Earlier, Shahzad had remained virtually strokeless in the latter stages of his defiant innings as Yorkshire's eighth-wicket pair made little attempt to go for the required 42 in 14 overs that would have earned a fourth batting bonus point.

But his fighting qualities with both bat and ball will not have gone unnoticed by the England selectors.

Hampshire's reply was soon interrupted by showers but, in between the short breaks for rain, Jimmy Adams and Liam Dawson made little attempt to quicken the pace against the new-ball pairing of Sidebottom and Bresnan.

It was the introduction of Shahzad at the Kirkstall Lane end at 42-0 after 15 overs that brought the breakthrough, his second ball pinning Dawson lbw.

Another astute piece of captaincy by Andrew Gale brought back Bresnan, off whom Adams edged an intended drive off his first ball to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.

The seventh short rain interruption came soon after tea at 77-2 when the 61.5 overs bowled in the day to that point had produced a mere 131 runs.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid then joined the attack but the next wicket fell to Shahzad, after he returned for a second spell and once again struck with his second ball, deflected to Adam Lyth at second slip by Neil McKenzie.

Shahzad continued to pose big problems and a perfect yorker to James Vince trapped him plumb to leave Hampshire struggling on 119-4, but Myburgh remained firm.

Having moved to 64, he also fell to Shahzad, caught behind on the drive, shortly after Nic Pothas had been bowled off his pads by Ryan Sidebottom.

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