Hampshire v Yorkshire, Rose Bowl, 1st day

Rudolph's happy return leaves Yorkshire in charge

August 2, 2011

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Yorkshire 313 for 3 v Hampshire

Jacques Rudolph fell for 99 against Hampshire, Hampshire v Yorkshire, County Championship, Division One, Rose Bowl, August 2, 2011
Jacques Rudolph returned to Yorkshire and fell one run short of a hundred © Getty Images

Jacques Rudolph came within a run of celebrating his return to the Yorkshire ranks with a century as bottom-placed Hampshire endured another difficult day at the Rose Bowl.

South African Rudolph, who only rejoined the club last week, seemed sure to score the 43rd century of his first-class career until he drove spinner Imran Tahir to short mid-wicket where Dominic Cork clutched a low catch.

Rudolph's dismissal after 211 balls and 11 fours and a six came as a surprise because the tidy left hander had offered no hint of a chance until then. His dismissal was a rare moment of success for Hampshire as Yorkshire, after winning the toss, finished on a respectable 318 for three at the end of the first day from 105 overs.

Left-arm pace bowler Chris Wood promised much for Hampshire in his opening spell in which all his first seven overs were maidens. Wood also took a wicket, that of Rudolph's opening partner Joe Sayers who edged him to wicketkeeper Michael Bates after managing just eight from 50 balls.

Yorkshire went into the match without Tim Bresnan, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow - all on international duty - but they were not missed as Yorkshire quickly got on top.

Rudolph and his captain, Andrew Gale took the match away from Hampshire with a stand of 129 for the second wicket in 32 overs. Rudolph reached his 50 with a six over mid-wicket against Danny Briggs before Hampshire made their second breakthrough at 149.

Gale who had struck 10 fours in his 54, lifted Tahir to mid-wicket where James Vince held the catch above his head. There was no respite for Hampshire, still looking for their first win of the season, as Anthony McGrath joined Rudolph in another profitable stand, this time 55 for the third wicket.

Rudolph was the third to go at 249 but even then Yorkshire maintained a firm grip on proceedings, McGrath now joined by Gary Ballance in an unbroken stand of 114 for the fourth wicket.

McGrath was missed at short leg by Jimmy Adams off Tahir at 20 but went in at the close unbeaten with 65 in an innings so far made up of 188 balls and including five fours. The aggressive Ballance reached his half century just before stumps and was 50 not out with eight fours.

Wood's miserly start helped him to respectable figures of 1 for 42 from 18 overs while Tahir was the most successful in terms of wickets with 2 for 89 from 31 overs.

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Posted by PontiusPilate78 on (August 3, 2011, 11:05 GMT)

Im liking this ballance chap indeed! Well capable of scoring fast yet with the temperament of a test cricketer- im sure the Zimbabwe selectors and his uncle dave houghton, himself an able cricketer with a double test century to his name will be watching on with glee! He will fit quite nicely into the zim middle order and give them the stability Coventry and Williams havent been able to muster. Good luck young man!

Posted by   on (August 3, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

Why the hell does he keep falling in the late nineties???? mate , for a hundred u need 100 before u can relax, not 99

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