Shahzad shines as Tykes defy rain to get on top at Headingley

Hostile spell: Ajmal Shahzad took four wickets for Yorkshire
Hostile spell: Ajmal Shahzad took four wickets for Yorkshire
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Four wickets for Ajmal Shahzad put Yorkshire on top in their battle for supremacy against Hampshire on the second day of the LV=County Championship Division One match at Headingley.

Twice yesterday the England all-rounder claimed a wicket with the second ball of a spell on his way to figures of four for 48 as the visitors made uncertain progress towards Yorkshire’s laboured 355 off 124.4 overs.

At the close Hampshire were still 166 runs adrift on 189 for six.

Yorkshire resumed the second day on 304 for seven but slow progress meant that when Dominic Cork picked up his fifth wicket early in the afternoon by bowling Steve Patterson the Tykes had added only 51 runs.

Hampshire’s reply was soon interrupted by showers but in between the short breaks for rain, Jimmy Adams and Dawson made little attempt to quicken the pace against the new-ball pairing of Ryan Sidebottom and Tim Bresnan.

It was the introduction of Shahzad at the Kirkstall Lane End at 42 without loss after 15 overs that brought the breakthrough, his second ball pinning Dawson lbw.

Another astute piece of captaincy by Andrew Gale brought back Bresnan. Adams edged an intended drive off his first ball to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.

After the seventh rain delay shortly after tea Shahzad struck again. An edge to Adam Lyth at second slip by McKenzie.

And he continued to pose problems. A perfect yorker to James Vince trapped him plumb lbw to leave Hampshire struggling on 119 for four. Johann Myburgh, caught behind on the drive, fell for 64 after looking in good touch to Shahzad shortly after Nic Pothas had been bowled off his pads by Sidebottom.