County Championship: Hampshire claim handy first-innings lead over Yorkshire

Sam Northeast
Northeast has scored at least a 50 in each of Hampshire's five County Championship matches this season
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emerald Headingley (day two):
Yorkshire 181 & 5-0:
Hampshire 235: Fuller 54*, Northeast 50; Coad 4-41
Yorkshire (3 pts) trail Hampshire (4 pts) by 49 runs

Hampshire earned a first-innings lead of 54 against Yorkshire on a rain-affected day at Headingley.

Sam Northeast (50) and James Fuller (54 not out) helped the visitors to 235 all out in reply to Yorkshire's 181.

Ben Coad claimed 4-41 and David Willey, bowling for the first time since being omitted from England's World Cup squad, took 2-52 for the White Rose.

Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Harry Brook survived three testing overs as Yorkshire closed on 5-0.

After starting the day on 14-1, Hampshire lost Joe Weatherley to the bowling of Duanne Olivier inside the first half-hour, before India international Ajinkya Rahane steadied the ship with stand-in skipper Northeast.

The pair were approaching their 50-partnership when Rahane (31) recklessly charged down the wicket on the stroke of lunch against on-loan Somerset spinner Dom Bess and was stumped.

In the afternoon session, Willey dismissed Riley Rossouw and Olivier took the wicket of Tom Alsop as Yorkshire continued to make inroads in bowler-friendly conditions.

Northeast held firm to reach his half-century but was then trapped lbw by Ben Coad, before Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson, who finished the day with a miserly 1-31 off 18 overs, captured the wicket of Ian Holland, leaving Hampshire a run behind with three wickets remaining.

Hampshire debutant Fuller, who took three wickets in Yorkshire's first innings, then swung the game in the visitors' favour with the bat.

The all-rounder hit seven boundaries- including a huge six over long-on to bring up his half-century- to help his side into a healthy position before rain stopped play just before tea.

After the 18:10 BST restart, Coad took the wickets of Mason Crane and Fidel Edwards to wrap up Hampshire's innings, before Yorkshire's openers saw off a tricky spell unscathed.

Yorkshire's on-loan spinner Dom Bess:

"It was a really good day for us. At one point, they were 80-2 and then we got Rahane. So to drag it back with wickets in clusters, we'd have taken a deficit of 50 after being bowled out for 181.

"It's fascinating how quickly the conditions change here. One minute I'm bowling and feeling good, then the next thing it's better for the seamers to be on.

"To have these sort of seamers in our attack, it's great, and we use them when we can. Everyone chipped in. We'd be confident defending 200, but we want more."

Hampshire coach Adrian Birrell told BBC Solent:

"It's tough batting there. Both sides found it tough - it swung considerably. It looks like it will be the same throughout the match. You're never in, and there's always something that can get you out.

"We'd have liked a bigger lead, especially this morning when we were batting quite well. But, with a 54-run lead on first innings, we'll take that.

"Our guys are a bit tired, so we got a welcome bit of rain to boost the batteries a bit. I think 250 is par on that wicket, so we'd be happy chasing around 200."

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