County Championship: Gary Ballance century offers Yorkshire victory likelihood at Hampshire

Gary Ballance

Gary Ballance averages more than 47 with the bat in first-class cricket
LV= County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl, Southampton (day three):
Yorkshire 243 & 312-6 dec: Ballance 101*, Kohler-Cadmore 89, Hill 55; Barker 2-39
Hampshire 163 & 26-2: Weatherley 16*; Bess 1-1
Hampshire (3 pts) need 367 more runs to beat Yorkshire (4 pts)

Gary Ballance’s rapid 41st first-class century gave Yorkshire a chance of a final-day County Championship victory against Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl.

Ballance was on 101 off 86 balls when Yorkshire declared their second innings on 312-6, setting the hosts 393 to win.

After resuming on 34-1, Yorkshire’s batsmen dominated against a depleted attack with George Hill (55) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (89) also finding form.

Hampshire closed on 26-2 with Ian Holland and Tom Alsop both out.

Yorkshire began day three with a lead of 114, but Hampshire’s chances of keeping their second-innings target down to something manageable were severely dented by the loss of…