HAMPSHIRE had the better of Yorkshire on day two of their LV= County Championship Division One clash at Headingley.
Rain kept the sides off until 2.30pm but there was still plenty of time for Hampshire to reach 427 all out and reduce Yorkshire to 100 for three. Yorkshire initially struggled to 32 for three but were then lifted by left-handers, Phil Jaques and Gary Ballance, who both notched centuries in the victory over Gloucestershire last week.
Jaques had moved to 59 by the close, with Ballance on 26, leaving Yorkshire on 100 for three and still requiring a further 178 to avoid the possibility of the follow on.
Bates showed few nerves as he made his way towards a maiden first-class century, producing a classic cover drive off Steve Patterson to canter to 96 and in the same over placing him backward of point to reach three figures off 151 balls with 19 boundaries.
The wicketkeeper-batsman did not last much longer, however, ran out by Andrew Gale after some clunky running from Katich. He had looked an odds-on certainty for a double century but, in trying to get there with a big hit over the top, he was deceived by Adil Rashid’s flight and skied the ball to Joe Root at mid-on.
Patterson was the pick of a weak attack which should be strengthened when Australian paceman Mitchell Starc makes his debut against Derbyshire in the CB40 League match at Headingley on Sunday.
Jaques found a reliable partner in Ballance and the pair weathered the sharp four-man pace attack to improve Yorkshire’s position.