THE limitations of Yorkshire’s pace attack were mercilessly exposed by Simon Katich as Hampshire took charge on the first day of the LV=County Championship Division Two match at Headingley.
The Australian left-hander, who had a brief but unsuccessful spell with Yorkshire in 2002, came in with Hampshire struggling on six for two and at the close he was still there with 180 in a total of 352 for five.
Yorkshire’s latest Australian signing, Mitchell Starc, had his debut delayed in order to recover from jet lag after having just returned from a trip home to get his visa papers in order, but the fast bowler must have been itching to help out his beleaguered new colleagues.
Winning the toss, Hampshire were soon in trouble against the new-ball pairing of Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Patterson but once they were rested the pressure eased considerably.
Sidebottom struck in his second over by getting Liam Dawson to nibble at a delivery which left him before Katich stole the show.