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Ballance Defies Hampshire

By Gary Watton
April 21 2017

The revenge mission on the south coast against our recent conquerors of Hampshire did not exactly go according to plan. In the end, a comprehensively outplayed Yorkshire did quite well to escape with a draw. The occasion was another painful reminder of how flakey our top order batting appears to be. There was one glorious exception, as Gary Ballance, leading from the front, produced his best-ever match return of a whopping 311 runs, as he already accelerates halfway towards one thousand runs for the summer. Without the heroics of the captain, the visitors would have been soundly thrashed.

What has also been remarkable in the two April contests against Hampshire is that the team that was miles ahead at the halfway stage did not go on to win the match. Oddly, Yorkshire lost a match that they should have won, and drew an encounter that they should have lost. Thus, after three outings the Tykes have recorded one win, one draw, and one defeat which pretty much sums up their erratic start to the campaign. Not even the inclusion of Bairstow and Root could bolster our puny batting line up. In fact the selection of this dynamic duo had the opposite effect. With little or no recent cricket under their belts, the two star turns looked seriously undercooked and contributed nothing to our beleaguered batting cause.

So the Tykes live to fight another day. However they must produce much more substantial first innings totals and top order partnerships, or else the first eleven will start to slide down the English charts. They currently occupy fourth position which is satisfactory and nothing more.

 

Hampshire versus YORKSHIRE; in Southampton; Friday the 21st to Monday the 24th of April. YORKSHIRE chose to bowl first.

 

Hampshire first innings: 455 (Vince 147, Berg 99*; Coad 4-71)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 231 (Ballance 108; Berg 4-62)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 399 for six declared (Ballance 203*, Lees 70; Abbott 3-65)

Match drawn. Hampshire eleven points, YORKSHIRE eight points.

 

Lyth - Flash Harry Lyth is not pulling his weight which is worrying. He was dismissed twice by Gareth Berg for inadequate scores of eight and six.

Lees - Alex missed out in the first innings, but at least redeemed himself second time around. However, the occasional 70 is not going to attract England's selectors.

Root - The new England captain produced figures akin to a number eleven batsman, as he fell for scores of eight and then two in a seriously underwhelming outing.

Ballance - With over five hundred runs already, his first class average is Bradman-esque! The captain has recorded 3 tons against Hampshire in this bizarre month.

Handscomb - Peter hasn't hit the heights yet, although his second knock of forty was an improvement upon his first innings when he managed a paltry single.

Bairstow - Jonny surprisingly fluffed his lines, misfiring with seven runs in the first innings and a single in the second. He's clearly suffering from a lack of cricket.

Bresnan - Tim was ineffective as a bowler, delivering 25 unfruitful overs at a cost of 109. He did make amends with a lengthy batting stint on the final day.

Rashid - His bowling was most forgettable, amounting to one tailender from twenty overs at a cost of 95 runs. His batting contribution proved much more valuable.

Willey - He only contributed eight runs and took two wickets from 36 overs. DW remains a lightweight in four-day cricket, but a heavyweight in one-day cricket.

Patterson - Patto chipped in with a useful unbeaten twenty-two. He also bowled 26 overs at a cost of only sixty-three runs, but he only took a solitary wicket.

Coad - Red-hot Ben's four wickets were all top order batsmen, and he conceded only 71 runs from thirty overs. Hampshire will be relieved to see the back of him!

 

BATSMEN 'CHART' (minimum requirement: one hundred runs and average in excess of forty):

Ballance: average - 127; 508 runs; highest score - 203*

Rashid: average - 52; 104 runs; highest score - 65

 

 

BOWLERS' 'CHART'(minimum requirement: ten wickets):

Coad: average - 13.91; twenty-two wickets; best bowling - six for 37

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