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Root runs riot for Yorkshire

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Joe Root compiled a career-best 222 not out to rescue Yorkshire from a sticky situation against Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl.

England Lions opener Root, 21, confirmed his growing reputation with a 270-ball innings featuring 26 fours and three sixes as Hampshire failed to make the most of a dominant start on the third day of four.

Root was unbeaten on 46 when Yorkshire resumed on 83 for three, but the visitors soon lost key members of their middle order in seam-friendly conditions.

Gary Ballance had added only two to his overnight 17 when he edged left-arm seamer James Tomlinson to Liam Dawson in the slips.

Joe Root

Joe Root dominated Yorkshire's 350 for nine declared with 222 not out from the top of the order, including 26 fours and three maximums

Anthony McGrath followed with the score on 103, to a catch by wicketkeeper Michael Bates off Dimitri Mascarenhas.

Mascarenhas struck again five runs later, snapping up a return catch from Richard Pyrah to leave Yorkshire reeling on 108 for six.

It was then that Root began to lead a recovery, sharing in a stand of 53 for the seventh wicket with Azeem Rafiq before Kabir Ali found a gap in the latter's defences.

As the sun came out and conditions eased, Yorkshire took control with Root at the heart of the resistance.

Steven Patterson, by no means a noted batsman, helped Root add another 121 in 33 overs for the eighth wicket as Hampshire toiled for further breakthroughs.

Tomlinson eventually had Patterson and Steve Harmison, making his debut for the White Rose following a loan move from Durham, caught behind.

Yet even then Yorkshire were not finished and Root dominated an unbroken partnership of 58 with last man Moin Ashraf before stand-in skipper Phil Jaques opted to declare.

Root thumped 54 from the final 27 deliveries he faced and took 21 in a solitary Kabir over, along with 17 in the last over of the innings from Tomlinson.

Hampshire were left 12 overs to negotiate and Jimmy Adams and Neil McKenzie carried their side to 39 without loss.

The problem for both sides is that only one day remains and further rain is forecast.

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