By Gary Watton
August 31 2016
The reigning champions dominated their contest on the supposedly sunny south coast, but a combination of bad light and rain foiled their quest for a win. Although the Tykes might curse this misfortune, they can take some consolation from the fact that their Championship rivals Middlesex suffered a similar fate up in Birmingham where they too found foul weather on the final day defying their bid for victory. So it was honours even for the top two in the County Championship, although Yorkshire narrowed the gap from five points to four - courtesy of an extra batting point. Having said that, the champions are struggling of late to accumulate as many batting points as they should - and this deficiency may return to haunt them at the end of the month.
Nevertheless there are two home fixtures next to negotiate, before a potential Championship decider at Lords. With our bowling unit currently in fine fettle, our prospects of taking twenty wickets in each of our remaining matches look fairly realistic, provided that the weather doesn't misbehave, and hopefully our misfiring top order will contribute a bigger share of runs as well.
Hampshire versus YORKSHIRE; in Southampton; Wednesday the 31st of August to Saturday the third of September; YORKSHIRE elected to bat first.
YORKSHIRE first innings: 281 (Lehmann 58, Bresnan 56; Berg 6-56)
Hampshire first innings: 222 (Ervine 80, Vince 60; Brooks 5-53, Sidebottom 3-45)
YORKSHIRE second innings: 238 for five declared (Ballance 72, Lyth 56; Wheal 3-79)
Hampshire second innings: 84 for four (Brooks 3-24)
Match drawn. Hampshire nine points, YORKSHIRE ten points.
Lyth - Eighty runs and two wickets was a more than useful contribution, but he needs to pile on the runs in the first innings when bonus points are up for grabs.
Lees - Alex could only muster a ten followed by a twelve, which is inadequate. He did at least take one catch. I still feel that he short changes his employers.
Ballance - Twice dismissed by Berg, GB did weigh in with eighty-two important runs. His impact will be pivotal in the three final Championship engagements.
Gale - Scores of 26 and nineteen are just what we come to expect from Galey these days, so obviously he fulfilled low expectations once again!
Lehmann - Eighty-three runs from Lehmann junior was a fine effort in a low-scoring contest. He is the latest in a long list of good Australian imports.
Bresnan - Brezza weighed in with eighty-seven useful runs, but was less effective as a bowler, taking only one wicket, at a cost of 58 runs, from sixteen overs.
Hodd - Hoddy scored eighteen runs and also took three catches. Unlike his exertions at Scarborough, his efforts this time were nothing to write home about.
Rafiq - Azeem failed with the bat and also failed to take any wickets, conceding 31 runs from his ten overs. He did at least take one catch in each innings.
Patterson - Steven could only manage one wicket from his sixteen overs, costing 48 runs. He was eclipsed by the headband warrior with both bat and ball.
Brooks - Jack the lad is on fire at present. He made an unbeaten 34, but this was overshadowed by eight wickets from 26.2 highly penetrating overs.
Sidebottom - Match figures of four wickets, costing eighty-one runs was another highly satisfactory outing. He also shared in a forty-seven run partnership.
BATSMAN CHARTS (minimum of one hundred runs)
Bairstow: average - 88.83; 533 runs; two hundreds
Root: average - 80; 240 runs; one hundred
Plunkett: average - 45.75; 366 runs; one hundred, two fifties
Lehmann: average - 44.75; 179 runs; two fifties
Brooks: average - 41.4; 207 runs
BEST BOWLERS (minimum of ten wickets)
Sidebottom: average - 23.26; nineteen wickets
Brooks: average - 25.53; 45 wickets
Patterson: average - 27.72; 36 wickets
Bresnan: average - 28.58; 24 wickets
Rashid: average - 33.93; 29 wickets