CricketTalk: Plenty of batting positives for Yorkshire in drawn Championship opener

Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow, right, celebrates his double century agaibnst Hampshire at Headingley as he and Liam Plunkett walk off for the lunch interval on day two. Picture: SWPix.com

Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow, right, celebrates his double century agaibnst Hampshire at Headingley as he and Liam Plunkett walk off for the lunch interval on day two. Picture: SWPix.com

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IT proved to be a frustrating end to Yorkshire’s opening County Championship game of 2016, but there were still plenty of positives for Jason Gillespie’s team.

England’s Jonny Bairstow smashed 246 against Hampshire at Headingley, helped in no small part by Liam Plunkett who hit his first Championship century in a partnership of 227.

Adam Lyth, left, scored 111 against Hampshire earlier this week.  Picture: Tony Johnson

Adam Lyth, left, scored 111 against Hampshire earlier this week. Picture: Tony Johnson

That was after Adam Lyth did his chances of an England recall no harm with an impressive 111 at the top of the order as Yorkshire posted a seemingly imposing 593-9 decelared.

After early inroads into Hampshire’s innings, however, Yorkshire came up against a solid wall of reisistance from James Vince and Sean Ervine, the visitors eventually scoring 453 in reply before the final day petered out into a draw with Yorkshire 183-8 in their second innings.

Chris Waters was there to wintess all four days and reflects on Yorkshire’s opening performance, as well as looking ahead to their next game which sees them travel to Birmingham to take on Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

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