Hampshire can't tempt Tykes
In-form opener makes 98 as Yorkshire bat out final day
Last Updated: 27/05/10 6:00pm
Lyth: fell just short of second ton
Adam Lyth fell just short of back-to-back centuries at the Rose Bowl as Yorkshire settled for a draw in their Division One clash with Hampshire.
The Rose Bowl - Day Four
Yorkshire 415 (A Lyth 133, A McGrath 64, A W Gale 56, A U Rashid 51) & 292-5 dec (A Lyth 98, A McGrath 64) v Hampshire 351-9 dec (N D McKenzie 91, J H K Adams 82, A U Rashid 4-62) & 12-0
Hampshire (9pts) drew with Yorkshire (9pts)
Resuming the final day with a 216-run lead, the Tykes, perhaps eager not to suffer a repeat of their tough loss away at Somerset last week, decided against taking any risks by setting their opponents a fourth-innings target.
With rain delaying the start, the visitors instead decided to get in some extra batting practice before eventually declaring on 292 for five.
Lyth looked set to follow up his 133 on the opening day with another ton before he was dismissed by seamer David Balcombe on 98.
The in-form opener had added 122 for the second wicket with Anthony McGrath, who made 64. Jonathan Bairstow made 36 not out against some friendly bowling before skipper Andrew Gale decided enough was enough.
With no chance of forcing a positive result, Hampshire openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams managed just 10 runs from 14 overs.
Nic Pothas' attacking declaration came unstuck as Yorkshire drove home their advantage on day three at the Rose Bowl.
Resuming on 162 for three, Hampshire made it to 351 for nine and an extra batting point before Pothas brought the innings to a halt with his side still 64 behind on first innings.
Neil McKenzie fell nine short of a century while most of the home batting line-up made starts, as Adil Rashid returned figures of four for 62 with some attacking leg-spin.
Sean Ervine (20), Pothas (23), Dominic Cork (26) and David Balcombe (30) all played themselves in but were unable to turn their efforts into a big score.
Having declared, Hampshire looked to make swift inroads but it was the 14th over before Balcombe claimed the first victim, Joe Sayers cutting straight to Michael Carberry at point.
But first innings centurion Adam Lyth dug in to score another 64 not out in a dogged partnership with Anthony McGrath, who recorded his second half-century of the game as he reached 60 not out at the close.
The pair had already added 116 in taking Yorkshire to 152 for one, a lead of 216, leaving the White Rose county in position to attack on the final day.
Hampshire pegged their opponents back on the second day with in-form batsman Jimmy Adams leading the fightback.
Resuming on 300-3, Yorkshire were dismissed for 415 after a more disciplined approach from the bowling attack, David Balcombe mopping up the tail to finish with 3-69.
Wicket-keeper Nic Pothas claimed five victims with Anthony McGrath (64), Andrew Gale (56) and Jonny Bairstow all snapped up before lunch, although Adil Rashid led a positive counter-attack.
The all-rounder made 51 but the last four wickets added only 22 runs to leave the door ajar for the home side.
However, they lost two wickets in the first 20 overs when Rashid had England batsman Michael Carberry caught-and-bowled and Michael Lumb edged the leg-spinner to Jacques Rudolph at slip.
But Neil McKenzie joined Adams in a crucial partnership of 94 before the latter succumbed later in the day, seamer Oliver Hannon-Dalby inducing an edge to Rudolph for 82.
On 162 for three, Hampshire still have work to do if they are to engineer a positive result.
Adam Lyth's hot run of form continued as Yorkshire piled up 300-3 on the opening day against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
The left-handed opener, fresh from making scores of 142 and 93 at Taunton last week, struck 133 as Hampshire's decision to field backfired.
Lyth dominated an opening stand of 195 with Joe Sayers (49) before falling to James Tomlinson (1-90) just before tea.
Tomlinson's fellow seamer Dominic Cork (2-50) accounted for Sayers (49) and Jacques Rudolph (3) early in the final session to leave the Tykes on 215-3.
But Anthony McGrath (55no) and Andrew Gale (38no), Yorkshire skippers past and present, batted throughout the remainder of the day to ram home the visitors' advantage.