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Hampshire duo dent Yorkshire title chances

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY THREE: Yorkshire 322-9 dec, Hampshire 367-3
Yorkshire 4pts, Hampshire 7pts
Match scorecard

Hampshire opener Jimmy Adams
Jimmy Adams faced 294 balls for his 162, hitting 25 fours

Centuries from Jimmy Adams and James Vince put Hampshire in the driving seat on day three of the County Championship match against title hopefuls Yorkshire.

Replying to Yorkshire's first innings of 322-9 declared, the visitors ended the day on 347-3, with Adams 160 not out and Vince unbeaten on 104.

The pair came together when Neil McKenzie was bowled by Steven Patterson for a duck, leaving Hampshire on 152-3.

With just one day's play remaining, a draw looks the most likely result.

It was a maiden century for talented teenager Vince, who is developing a batting style similar to that of Michael Vaughan, while it was the latest in a line of good scores by Adams against Yorkshire.

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Hampshire began the day on 8-0 and Yorkshire had Richard Pyrah in their side as replacement for Tim Bresnan, who had joined up with his England team-mates at Lord's.

Ajmal Shahzad and Patterson shared the attack but did little to trouble either Adams or Michael Carberry and the other pace bowlers were generally ineffective.

Yorkshire turned to the spin of Adil Rashid and Adams helped himself to two fours in his first over to complete a half-century which contained 11 boundaries.

The century stand was reached in 31 overs but just before lunch it was Pyrah who split the pair by having Carberry caught at second slip by Anthony McGrath for 40.

Adams and Chris Benham continued to make life tough for the Yorkshire bowlers until Shahzad produced an almost unplayable delivery which hit the top of Benham's off-stump, and Patterson forced McKenzie to chop into his stumps without scoring.

Hampshire's James Vince
James Vince is a graduate of Hampshire's academy

Any thoughts of a batting collapse quickly disappeared, however, as Vince joined Adams in a massive stand which saw the left-hander go to his century shortly before tea. He had faced 194 balls and struck 17 fours.

Vince's 50 came off 64 balls with eight fours and he registered his career-best score when he cruised past 75.

Consecutive boundaries by Vince off Pyrah hurried him to his maiden century off 128 balls with 15 fours and he celebrated by waving his bat in response to the ovation from his team-mates and the 4,700 crowd.

Yorkshire have signed a new deal which will continue to see the county play 10 days of cricket every season at North Marine Road for the next 10 years.

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see also
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24 Aug 10 |  Counties
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