Yorkshire boosted by Shahzad blitz

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Ajmal Shahzad

Desperate for a positive result at May's Bounty, Yorkshire had Ajmal Shahzad to thank for four wickets on day one

Ajmal Shahzad took three wickets in an over to tip the balance in Yorkshire's favour on the first day of their LV= County Championship Division One match with Hampshire at Basingstoke.

Shahzad dismissed Dimitri Mascarenhas with his first delivery to a catch at the wicket and then knocked back the off-stump of Chris Tremlett next ball.

Imran Tahir managed to avert the hat-trick but with the last ball of the over Shahzad had wicketkeeper Tom Burrows leg-before to a delivery which kept low.

Shahzad finished with figures of 4-72 from 22 overs as Hampshire, after losing the toss, struggled to 250 all out at May’s Bounty.

Yorkshire, still searching for their first championship win, reduced the deficit by 13 without loss from the three overs remaining of the day's play.

Tim Bresnan supported Shahzad with figures of 3-45 and there were two wickets also for Deon Kruis on a low and slow wicket which helped the bowlers.

Jimmy Adams was Hampshire's top scorer with 79 but batting was never easy as his opening partner and England Lions batsman Michael Carberry discovered.

Carberry, fresh from scoring four hundreds in successive matches, began brightly as if in search of another with four fours in his 23 before he was caught in the gully by Bresnan off Shahzad.

Adams had a lucky escape when the score was 99, caught in the slips off a Matthew Hoggard no-ball.

Adams and former Yorkshire batsman Michael Lumb put together Hampshire's most productive stand of the innings, 86 for the second wicket in which Lumb made 51.

Lumb, restored to the side after the retirement of John Crawley, was leg-before to Bresnan at 119 and Hampshire were never the same batting force again.

James Vince, fell to a slip catch off Bresnan at 153 and one run later Liam Dawson went the same way.

Hoggard produced an outstanding piece of fielding to hold a return catch offered by Sean Ervine at 203 before Hampshire fell away, losing their last five wickets for 30 runs.

Adams' innings ended in anti-climax, having his off-stump clipped offering no shot to Kruis after a watchful innings which included 10 fours and was made off 226 balls.

Then Shahzad ran through the tail in a spell of three for 20 before Tahir was last out at 250.

Bresnan, reintroduced to the attack, had Tahir caught behind by Gerard Brophy with his first delivery to end the Hampshire resistance.

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