County Championship: Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett put Yorkshire in control

Liam Plunkett (left) and Jonny Bairstow (right)
Liam Plunkett and Jonny Bairstow both hit career-best scores
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Headingley
Yorkshire v Hampshire, day two
Yorkshire 593-9d: Bairstow 246, Plunkett 126; Alsop 2-59
Hampshire 141-5: Vince 76*; Sidebottom 2-15, Plunkett 2-31
Yorkshire lead by 452 runs
Yorkshire 6 pts, Hampshire 2 pts
Match scorecard

England batsman Jonny Bairstow hit a career-best 246 as Division One champions Yorkshire dominated day two against Hampshire at Headingley.

Bairstow and Liam Plunkett, who made his first century for Yorkshire, put on 227 runs for the seventh wicket.

Tom Alsop eventually had Bairstow caught at long-on, while Plunkett made 126 before being bowled by Will Smith as Yorkshire declared on 593-9.

An unbeaten 76 from James Vince helped the visitors reach 141-5 in reply.

Hampshire used nine bowlers in total, with only opener Michael Carberry and wicketkeeper Adam Wheater not being thrown the ball.

Despite four of their top six batsmen making just 20 runs between them, Yorkshire reached their highest total against Hampshire.

The away side's response got off to the worst possible start as opener Alsop was trapped lbw by Ryan Sidebottom before Plunkett had Carberry caught as slip by Alex Lees.

Vince's faultless innings, which included 11 fours, was in complete contrast to that of his batting partners, with Hampshire losing wickets at regular intervals.

They need another 302 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Milestones for Bairstow and Plunkett

  • Their 100-run partnership came off just 65 balls
  • Their 227-run partnership came off 28.1 overs at a run-rate of 8.05
  • Bairstow passes 8,000 first-class runs
  • His double century came off 233 balls, including 26 fours and two sixes
  • Plunkett smashes 15 fours and a six to reach his century off 82 balls


Bairstow said he and Plunkett had played their "natural games" and praised the Adil Rashid's "intent" early on.

"Then the way Liam came out and played was absolutely fantastic," added Bairstow. "You saw from ball one how cleanly he struck it. When someone's striking it like that, you just let them go as long as possible."

Bairstow thinks Hampshire have a "tough task" to make up ground.

"Potentially, we've got 250 overs, which I'm sure the bowlers are really looking forward to," he said. "If they pull their finger out, we hope it will be a bit less than that."