Spin wins it for Yorkshire as England hopeful Adil Rashid takes eight wickets

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Spinner Adil Rashid further pressed his calls for an England recall with eight wickets in the match, as Yorkshire hammered Hampshire by 305 runs at Headingley yesterday.

Rashid took 8-70 in his first appearance since returning from the Caribbean, where he travelled with England but didn’t play a Test match.

The County Champions took 23 points from the game and their second win of the season pushed them up to third place in the Division One table, as Hampshire subsided to 143 all out an hour after lunch despite Will Smith’s defiant unbeaten 60.

Hampshire resumed the final morning of the LV=County Championship match on 37 for four and trailing by 411 runs with their only hope being to bat all day for an unlikely draw.

For over half-an-hour nightwatchman, James Tomlinson, proved to be a solid partner for Smith who had fortune on his side when he got a thick edge against Jack Brooks and the ball brushed the fingers of Jack Leaning diving to his right at third slip.

First-class debutant Lewis McManus frustrated Yorkshire with a solid 28 after 100 minutes at the crease, but the end was not far away with his departure. Gareth Berg fell to a fine low catch by Brooks at backward square leg sweeping at Rashid who made it two-in-two as Andre Adams aimed a big drive at his next ball and edged to Bresnan at slip.

It was Steve Patterson, however, who finished things off with his only wicket of the game, Fidel Edwards being taken by Alex Lees at first slip.

Smith’s unending patience kept him at the crease for 239 minutes during which he received 207 balls and struck nine fours.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon praised the efforts of his three players who had returned to the side from England’s ranks - Rashid, Jonny Bairstow and Adam Lyth.

“For Rashid to get back into his stride so quickly was great news and whoever the next England coach turns out to be he may be knocking on his door,” he said.

“Bairstow’s century was a massive one and a big turning point because at 114 for four things could have gone against us.

“Lyth also adapted quickly to English conditions and all three lads who were in the West Indies contributed to the win and showed their quality.”