Yorkshire just about had the better of a keenly fought first day at home to Hampshire, largely thanks to 155 run partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Jack Leaning, who scored 102 and 77 not out respectively.
Yorkshire headed into this LV County Championship Division one match against Hampshire without the services of England Star Liam Plunkett, who breached the club’s strict code of discipline after failing to turn up to a pre-match training session. This therefore brought youngster Will Rhodes into the line-up.
Hampshire called up young wicketkeeper Lewis McManus for his first class debut due to an injury to first choice Adam Wheater. Sean Terry also came in for Jimmy Adams who is awaiting the birth of his second child, and left arm pace bowler James Tomlinson replaced spinner Danny Briggs. For the first time this season Hampshire will also be able to call on the services of the mercurial West Indian Fidel Edwards who has been signed to fill in for the injured Australian Jackson Bird.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Yorkshire were dealt an early blow as Alex Lees was removed LBW by James Tomlinson for 1, bringing Cheteshwar Pujara to the crease. Adam Lyth continued to play some nice strokes on his return to the side, with Pujara surviving a blow to the head from Edwards. Pujara, after being dropped moments earlier, brought up Yorkshire’s 50 as he steered Andre Adams through the slips for four. With the fifty partnership approaching Tomlinson found the edge of Pujara’s bat, squaring him up as Sean Ervine took a good catch at slip. Gale played some nice strokes as did Lyth, with Yorkshire finishing on 83-2 at Lunch, a hard-fought purists session, on a slow Headingley pitch.
On 39 Lyth topped edged an attempted hook off Tomlinson but was put down by debutant keeper Lewis McManus. Moments later he brought up Yorkshire’s hundred, pulling Tomlinson through mid wicket for for 3 runs. Adam Lyth then brought up his 50, and the fifty stand, with a beautifully timed extra cover drive, his half century coming off 110 balls. Two balls later Lyth got caught in his crease and nicked Adams behind to McManus, which brought Jonathan Bairstow to the wicket on his return to the side. With only five runs added to the score, Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale was caught off a leading edge by Michael Carberry, as he tried to flick Andre Adams through square leg. Jonny Bairstow took Yorkshire to 150 with a controlled cut shot through backward point. Bairstow moved onto 38 with consecutive boundaries off Fidel Edwards pulling him for four, before helping a shot ball on its way for six. Bairstow then completed an almost run a ball 50 partnership with Jack Leaning, running Gareth Berg through third-man for four. Bairstow played a lovely cut for four off Liam Dawson’s first delivery, before bringing up a scintillating fifty two balls later by pushing Dwason for three through wide mid-off, his fifty coming off of 46 balls. Bairstow continued to take the attack to Hampshire and despoiled Dawson into the old pavilion with a mighty six. Shortly after Jack Leaning ran Sean Ervine wide of slip for four to bring up the hundred partnership off of 94 balls, a period of play that had completely changed the complex of the game.
Early on into the evening session and Yorkshire secured their second bonus point when Bairstow picked up a single. The 150 partnership arrived shortly after as Bairstow played a cut shot forward of square for 1. A couple of overs later Bairstow secured his century on his return to the side, pushing Adams through mid wicket for two, his hundred coming off of 104 balls. Two balls later he was then out strangled down the leg side, McManus taking a good catch, ending a 155 run partnership with Jack Leaning. Leaning then brought up his fifty in the next over, edging Berg wide of slip for four, his fifty coming off of 93 balls. Rashid was then removed without scoring, giving Berg his first victim as he clipped the ball to Edwards at mid on. Gareth Berg picked up another scalp in his next over as Yorkshire lost three wickets for ten runs, as Will Rhodes edged to Sean Ervine at first slip. Tim Bresnan brought up the 300 with a cover drive for three before Jack Leaning drove the next ball for four straight back past Tomlinson. With less than two overs remaining Bresnan picked up four leg byes to bring up his fifty partnership with Leaning, which arrived off of 118 balls. Bresnan and Leaning comfortably saw off the last few balls, finishing on 333 for 7.