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Rudolph leads Yorkshire recovery

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP Division One, Rose Bowl, day one (close): Yorkshire 206-7 v Hampshire

An unbeaten 83 from South African left-hander Jacques Rudolph helped Yorkshire recover to 206-7 on day one against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

After two hours were lost to rain, Yorkshire opted to bat but Hampshire seamer Chris Tremlett ousted Andrew Gale with the fifth ball of the match.

When Adam Lyth gave Dimitri Mascarenhas a simple return catch it was 82-4 but Rudolph reached fifty from 149 balls.

Dropped at slip by Sean Ervine on 78, he hit 12 fours in a 181-ball vigil.

After the early damage, Rudolph began the rebuilding process with wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy, who dominated their stand with 36 out of the 48 accumulated.

Brophy was beaten by a by a sharp inswinger from James Tomlinson, the pick of the bowlers with some prodigious movement as he took his tally of first-class wickets for the season to 45.

Pakistani leg-spinner Imran Tahir was making his Rose Bowl debut after taking 17 wickets in two away matches and he soon collected the scalp of compatriot Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

Naved tried to hoist Tahir out of the ground but merely lost his off-stump.

Rudolph then shared an unbroken stand of 61 for the eighth wicket with David Wainwright, who made a determined unbeaten 18.

Ervine should have dismissed Rudolph but spilled a regulation chance at first slip, with Tahir the unfortunate bowler.

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