Cricket: Bairstow’s ton leads charge for Yorkshire

Jonny Bairstow.
Jonny Bairstow.
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Jonny Bairstow hit a gloriously uninhibited 102 and Adam Lyth compiled a useful 53 but the batting of the returning England tourists could not prevent Hampshire sharing some of the honours with Yorkshire on the first day of the LV= Division One game at Headingley.

Andre Adams’ three wickets and two apiece for James Tomlinson and Gareth Berg helped James Vince’s attack keep Yorkshire’s first innings total within reasonable bounds.

The home side were 333 for seven at close of play, with the very impressive Jack Leaning unbeaten on 77 having shared an important and unbroken 54 runs for the eighth wicket with Tim Bresnan, who was 23 not out.

In the morning session, Andrew Gale’s batsmen made reasonable use of the opportunity to bat first and had reached 83 for two at lunch.

On a slowish wicket where uninhibited strokeplay rarely seemed a wise option, Lyth did his chances of playing for England in the Lord’s Test no harm by reaching 38 not out off 87 balls, and his partner Gale was unbeaten on 15 at the break. However, Hampshire’s attack stuck to their work well and fully deserved their two successes. The first of these arrived with the 13th ball of the morning when Alex Lees shouldered arms to a ball from Tomlinson and was leg before wicket for a single.

Cheteshwar Pujara then made 18 off 74 balls, in the course of which he was both nearly run out and dropped at second slip by Vince off Adams. Pujara eventually departed when he edged a catch off Tomlinson to Sean Ervine at second slip.

That left Yorkshire on 57 for two but Gale and Lyth shepherded their team safely to the first interval, although Lyth was nearly run out for the second time in the session a few minutes before the break.

The match was transformed by Bairstow’s batting in the afternoon but the session had begun well for the visitors, first when Adams had Lyth caught at the wicket by debutant Lewis McManus for 53, and then when the same bowler had Gale caught off the leading edge at point by Michael Carberry for 30.

Bairstow, though, quickly adjusted to the pace of the Headingley wicket and reached his half-century off 46 balls with six fours and two sixes. His century stand with Leaning occupied only 94 balls and Yorkshire were 243 for four at tea.

In the evening session, Bairstow and Leaning extended their fifth-wicket stand to 155 before Bairstow edged a defensive push to a ball from Adams and McManus – making his first-class debut in place of the injured Adam Wheater – completed the dismissal.

That wicket fell two balls after Bairstow had reached his century and it began a fine spell for Hampshire. Gareth Berg had Adil Rashid caught at mid on by Fidel Edwards without scoring and Will Rhodes was pouched at slip by Ervine off the same bowler for just four.

However, Leaning and Tim Bresnan prevented the home side making any further inroads. Adams finished with fine figures of three for 57 while Berg took two for 49 and Tomlinson two for 61.

Liam Plunkett was left out of the Yorkshire side as a disciplinary measure, having missed Saturday’s photocall and final practice. Will Rhodes took his place.

Bairstow said afterwards: “I’m back home now with Yorkshire and that’s the number one thing that’s in my mind.

“We’ve missed three games already this season but the guys have done outstandingly well, and now it’s important for us to make a contribution.

“I’m concentrating on scoring as many runs and taking as many catches as possible. I can’t control what happens above.

“I was pleased with the way I struck the ball, and the movements I had, given I’d not been out there for a while. To be back playing for Yorkshire is a great feeling.”

Headingley: Yorkshire 333-7 (A Lyth 53, J Bairstow 102, J Leaning 77no) v Hampshire.