County Championship: Hampshire draw with Yorkshire despite Gary Ballance century

Gary Ballance
Gary Ballance played the last of his 23 Tests against Australia at Trent Bridge in July 2017
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emerald Headingley (day four):
Yorkshire 181 & 332-5 dec: Ballance 100, Kohler-Cadmore 69, Tattersall 51; Barker 3-64
Hampshire 235 & 158-5: Weatherley 66, Rossouw 54*
Yorkshire (8 pts) drew with Hampshire (9 pts)

Hampshire dug in to draw with Yorkshire despite Gary Ballance completing a record-breaking fifth century in five County Championship matches.

Ballance made 100 as Yorkshire declared their second innings on 322-5, leaving themselves 48 overs to bowl Hampshire out but the visitors ended on 158-5.

Joe Weatherley and Rilee Rossouw both made half-centuries as Hampshire stood firm despite slipping to 35-3.

The pair added 102 for the fourth wicket before Weatherley fell for 66.

Ballance added further weight to the inevitable calls for a Test recall for this summer's Ashes by completing his fourth century in four Championship games this season and a fifth in five dating back to last summer - the first Yorkshire batsman ever to score hundreds in five successive Championship games..

It left him with 538 runs for the season, at average of 89.66, second only in Division One to Hampshire's Sam Northeast, who has 575.

Wicketkeeper Jonny Tattersall was unbeaten on 51 for Yorkshire, with David Willey 26 not out in his first game since missing out on England's World Cup squad, while Keith Barker ended with 3-64 for Hampshire.

Ben Coad claimed two early wickets and Duanne Olivier took another to leave Hampshire in trouble, but Weatherley and Rossouw (54 not out) calmed their nerves and steered them towards the close.

Beaten One-Day Cup finalists Hampshire, who picked up nine points from the game to go top of Division One, now have nine days to recharge their batteries before their next game, against new backmarkers Nottinghamshire at the Welbeck Colliery ground, Mansfield.

Yorkshire return to action the following day, on 10 June, against Surrey at Woodbridge Road, Guildford.

Yorkshire's Gary Ballance:

"That's pretty cool. But it's just nice to contribute, kick on and put us in a decent position to give ourselves a bit of a chance going into the last couple of sessions.

"I don't look too much into the stats, it's just nice being consistent. That's what I take out of it. I'm enjoying my cricket this season. When I feel like that, it gets the best out of me.

"We had to give it a go. Anything can happen on the last day at Headingley. We gave ourselves 48 overs, got five wickets and created chances. Had we not lost 100 overs at least in the game, I'm confident we could have won."

Hampshire's Joe Weatherley:

"Rilee Rossouw and I just tried to get a partnership. The more time we took out of the game, the more it helped us. The first 12 overs before tea were quite hard work, but then the sun came out, the ball got quite soft and it became easier.

"We are disappointed we let Yorkshire back in after claiming a lead in the first innings. We felt we had them by the scruff of the neck. But Gary Ballance played pretty well against us again.

"If you take this mini Championship block, we've got two wins and a draw out of the three games. And that Lord's final took a lot out of us, so to put in a good performance here, we're pretty happy. And we now have a week off."

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