County Championship: Yorkshire underline title credentials, Kent win

County Championship: Yorkshire underline title credentials, Kent win

Ben Coad (picture via Yorkshire Cricket YouTube, with thanks)

It was a story of dogged resistance early on day four in Division One, with big wins forced home later in the day.

Here, Deep Extra Cover round up the best of the action.

Yorkshire complete resounding win

Yorkshire 554-7 dec (Ballance 148) beat Hampshire 302 and 208 (Patterson 4-47) by an innings and 44 runs

After a battling draw at Trent Bridge last week, the White Rose proved their title credentials with a comprehensive victory over Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

At the start of the day, Yorkshire needed just three more wickets with Hampshire still trailing by 198 runs having followed on. The first came quickly, before the hosts put the brakes on the victory march.

Liam Dawson and Keith Barker shared a superb 131-run stand for the ninth wicket, before Yorkshire forced their way over the line as Dawson fell for 92.

Andrew Gale’s side claim 23 points.

Kent force first win despite Warwickshire rally

Kent 504-9 (Robinson 143) and 124-2 (Renshaw 48*) beat Warwickshire 346 and 280 (Ambrose 107; Podmore 5-62) by eight wickets

Warwickshire began day four staring down the barrel of defeat to their fellow newly-promoted side Kent. The Bears were four wickets down, having followed on, still trailing by 79 runs.

Three wickets fell before lunch, but there was a major fightback from the hosts as Tim Ambrose and Henry Brookes shared a century stand for the eighth wicket, to push the Bears into a lead.

Ambrose made an 18th first-class century and Brookes a career-best 84 as Kent were set a target of 123 – a nervous one given how they were skittled at Somerset last week.

But Zak Crawley (45) and Matt Renshaw (48*) saw them to a first win of the season.

Burns in the runs but Surrey begin title defence with a draw

Surrey 395 (Patel 100; Siddle 6-104) and 324-6dec (Burns 98) draw with Essex 448 (Ten Doeschate 130; Morkel 3-97)

Incumbent Test opener Rory Burns strengthened his England position but fell just short of a first century of the season as Surrey drew with Essex at the Oval.

Burns scored 98 as Surrey pushed to attempt to set up an unlikely tilt at victory on day four – with Ollie Pope also making 69 and youngster Will Jacks making his second fifty of the match.

Surrey declared on 324-6, a lead of 272. The expected handshake came, Essex taking 13 points, Surrey 11.

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