Vintage Cork frustrates Yorkshire

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Evergreen Hampshire captain Dominic Cork added two more wickets to his first-innings five on a rain-interrupted third day at Headingley Carnegie

Hampshire captain Dominic Cork belied his 39 years with another energetic bowling display as his side looked to avoid defeat on a rain-interrupted third day of their LV= County Championship Division One match against Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie.

Having enjoyed a return of 5-75 in the first innings, Cork added another two wickets on a rain-affected day in which only 39.5 overs were possible, to give him match figures of 7-102 from 48 overs.

His efforts pegged back Yorkshire to 62 for three after they had gained a first-innings lead of 123 and the hosts were left needing to make good progress on the final morning if they are to go on to win the match.

Cork required only 13 runs to reach 10,000 in first-class cricket when Hampshire resumed in the morning 166 behind on 189 for six, with their captain on six and Sean Ervine on 16.

A cover boundary off Ryan Sidebottom soon moved Cork into double figures but in attempting a similar stroke off the former England left-arm paceman he drove straight into the hands of Joe Root to depart for 11.

Ajmal Shahzad struggled in his opening spell and could not produce the same accuracy which had brought him four wickets the previous day, but when he was replaced by Tim Bresnan it brought immediate results, Ervine moving across his stumps to fall lbw for 23.

Yorkshire’s attack continued to cause problems and Sidebottom struck again by getting Danny Briggs lbw with a fine yorker to leave Hampshire on 217 for nine, with Yorkshire having picked up maximum bowling points.

Kabir Ali and last man David Griffiths defied Yorkshire for 10 overs, despite Griffiths being beaten outside off stump on several occasions.

But Shahzad was brought back at the Rugby Stand End and Ali carved him to Steve Patterson at third man to leave Hampshire all out for 232.

The dismissal gave Shahzad figures of 5-65 from 21.3 lively overs.

Yorkshire would have been reasonably happy with their first-innings lead, but they went to lunch on 11 for one after Adam Lyth tickled a leg-side delivery from Cork into the gloves of Nic Pothas.

Shortly after the interval, Yorkshire lost their other opener, Joe Sayers, who was caught behind off an angled bat, Griffiths picking up his wicket cheaply for the second time in the match.

Once again, Root showed plenty of character at the crease in his first season of championship cricket and he helped to get the score moving in partnership with home captain Andrew Gale.

But with showers already around, the weather began to close in quickly and there was just time for Cork to surprise Root with movement off the pitch as he edged a third consecutive catch to Pothas to depart for 31 from 44 balls with four boundaries.

Yorkshire were struggling on 56 for three, but before Jonny Bairstow could join Gale heavy rain at 2.25pm prevented a restart until 5.20pm, and then only 3.2 overs were possible before the weather closed in again.

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