Exactly 17 years to the day since making his first-class debut for Yorkshire, Anthony McGrath scored a superb century to lead his side’s fightback on day three of the LV= County Championship Division Two match against Hampshire at Headingley.
The 36-year-old, who has slipped down the batting order to number six and is struggling to hold his place in the side, brought all his experience to bear in making an unbeaten 106 off 189 balls with 14 fours and a six to help Yorkshire declare on 399 for nine.
But for McGrath’s tenacious contribution, Yorkshire would have been in serious trouble because at 237 for seven they still required a further 41 runs to avoid the follow-on in reply to their opponents’ 427.
Hampshire, having seen a big advantage slip away, were then left with 10 overs in which to bat at the end of the day and they lost Liam Dawson for eight before bad light ended play at 21 for one with 2.4 overs still remaining.
McGrath made his debut on his home Bradford ground against Glamorgan and registered a duck but he was in much more commanding form yesterday and his only chance before reaching his 33rd first-class century for his native county came on 61.