Heavy defeat for Hampshire as Yorkshire impress despite Barker and Dawson fighting hard

Hampshire crashed to a heavy defeat to Yorkshire losing by an innings and 44 runs.

Sunday, 14th April 2019, 4:17 pm
Updated Sunday, 14th April 2019, 4:32 pm
Keith Barker battled on for Hampshire against Yorkshire but couldn't save the day. Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Keith Barker battled on for Hampshire against Yorkshire but couldn't save the day. Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The visitors bowled out the hosts for 208 after enforcing the follow on.

Hampshire, who had gained the full 24 points on offer against Essex, were brought back down to earth as they only gathered four points.

Ben Coad took three of the five wickets needed on the final day before Steven Patterson and Duanne Olivier finished the job in the afternoon.

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Liam Dawson and Keith Barker battled for a 131-run stand for the ninth wicket but it wasn’t enough to rescue an unlikely draw.

Yorkshire needed five wickets on the final day having catapulted the Hampshire top order the previous evening.

Steven Patterson had been the chief destroyer having taken three for nine from seven overs – accounting for Joe Weatherley, James Vince and Sam Northeast.

Matt Waite also leaned in with the wickets of Aiden Markram and night-watchman Kyle Abbott as Hampshire ended day three on 54 for five – following on having been bowled out for 302 in response to the visitors’ mammoth 554.

Hampshire attempted to batten down the hatches but lost their first wicket of the day as Rilee Rossouw, playing an unfamiliar defensive role, was lbw to Coad to the 33rd ball of the day.

Gareth Berg lasted just three deliveries before he completed a pair for the match – edging Coad to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip.

Hampshire were forced to utilise the concussion rule, where a county can bring in a like-for-like replacement if a player suffers a head injury during the match, after Lewis McManus had been struck twice on the helmet by Olivier he was deemed unfit to bat – he was replaced by all-rounder Ian Holland.

But the Australian’s only involvement in the match was to be struck on the pads first ball by the rampant Coad, although Keith Barker blocked out the hat-trick ball.

Dawson and Barker held up proceedings. Both played their natural game, with Dawson in particular driving freely on his way to a 90-ball 50 – his fourth in as many first-class innings this season.

Barker raised his bat on an 88-ball maiden half century for his new county but fell for 64 when he edged Patterson behind having occupied the crease for just under 36 overs, before Dawson skied to Kohler-Cadmore at mid-wicket.