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Yorkshire go top with Hampshire draw

Hampshire 351-9 dec & 12-0 drew with Yorkshire 415 & 292-5 dec
Yorkshire 9pts, Hampshire 9pts
Match scorecard

Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth
Lyth now has 853 first-class runs this summer

Yorkshire returned to the top of the County Championship after their clash with Hampshire petered out into a draw.

The result was all-but inevitable after rain caused a delayed start to the final morning at the Rose Bowl.

That left Tykes opener Adam Lyth, who hit 133 in the first innings, to take centre stage, only to fall two runs short of a second century in the match.

Yorkshire, 152-1 overnight, eventually declared after tea on 292-5, Hampshire reaching 12-0 when a halt was called.

Lyth, who has hit two hundreds and six half-centuries in seven matches, now has 853 first-class runs to his name this season.

And he has the first three days of this weekend's Roses match to make the 147 he needs to become the first man since Graeme Hick in 1988 to hit 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May.

Yorkshire go into that Headingley clash nine points ahead of their third-placed unbeaten old rivals.

But their lead over Nottinghamshire at the top of the table is a mere two points, having played two games more than the Trent Bridge outfit.

Tykes captain Andrew Gale would have probably settled for that, though, after a 16-over delay was followed by his side adding just 28 in an hour before lunch.

It left Lyth's potential second century of the game the only point of interest, although that was dashed when the left-hander edged David Balcombe to Neil McKenzie at slip.

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see also
Lyth puts Yorkshire in control
26 May 10 |  Counties
Hants battle back against Tykes
25 May 10 |  Counties
Lyth helps Tykes dominate Hants
24 May 10 |  Counties

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