County Championship: Yorkshire frustrated by rain after seizing control over Hants

Gary Ballance
Gary Ballance is seeking his fourth hundred in four County Championship matches so far this season
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emerald Headingley (day three):
Yorkshire 181 & 207-3: Ballance 83*, Kohler-Cadmore 69; Barker 2-35
Hampshire 235: Fuller 54*; Coad 4-41
Yorkshire (3 pts) lead Hampshire (4 pts) by 153 runs

Yorkshire took control against Hampshire before rain ended play shortly before tea at Headingley.

Yorkshire started day three 49 runs behind the visitors and slipped to 20-2 in the first half-hour, before recovering through Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Gary Ballance (83 not out).

The hosts lost Kohler-Cadmore for 69 but closed on 207-3, 153 runs ahead.

However, with so many overs lost on Wednesday, the match may be heading for a draw.

The day began disastrously for Yorkshire as Keith Barker had both openers, Harry Brook and Adam Lyth, caught at slip by Joe Weatherley.

The White Rose county were still 34 runs behind at that point, but a patient stand of 141 between Kohler-Cadmore and Ballance moved them into a healthy lead.

The partnership was eventually broken when Kohler-Cadmore was trapped lbw by Ian Holland, but Ballance, seeking his fourth century of the season, calmly built another useful stand of 46 with Jack Leaning (17 not out) to keep Yorkshire in control.

The hosts will look to accelerate in Thursday's morning session to give themselves a chance of forcing victory, but whatever the result, Hampshire are set to go top of Division One after accruing maximum bowling points.

Yorkshire batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore:

"This rain is obviously a frustrating thing, but myself and Gary Ballance had a nice partnership then Jack Leaning and Gary finished it off. It's put us in a good position with hopefully only two results possible.

"You don't want to give them too much of a sniff. If we go really hard in the morning and get bowled out with a lead of 200, then they're well in the game. But we also don't want to get too many ahead that they think, 'We'll shut up shop from ball one'.

"It's going to be an interesting conversation between (captain) Steve Patterson, the two batters and (coach) Andrew Gale as to how we go about it. When the clouds came over there's still enough in the pitch to create 10 chances."

Hampshire bowler Ian Holland:

"We were buzzing early on when they were 30 behind and two wickets down. It would have been nice to have kept that momentum going, but their lads knuckled down. Both Ballance and Kohler-Cadmore batted really well.

"We've seen Ballance make a lot of runs. Hopefully we can nick him off early. But it's shaping up to be a really good game of cricket from a neutral point of view.

"It's a shame that the rain's taken a lot of time out of it. Depending on whether we lose any time, 96 overs is still a long time. We're still very optimistic. Wickets early and it can swing back into our favour pretty quickly."

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