Lunch Report: Yorkshire 398; Hampshire 159 & 191-6 (following on)

Lunch on the fourth day (Hampshire won toss)
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Yorkshire tightened their grip on this match with two further wickets in the morning session to leave Hampshire still 48 runs away from making the home team bat again.

Hampshire survived a few scares this morning as they resumed their task of wiping out a first innings deficit of 239 runs and tried to put enough runs on the board to salvage a draw from this match.

Michael Brown played and missed consecutive balls from Matthew Hoggard – the second one induced a vociferous appeal for a catch behind from the Yorkshire players, but it was turned down.

Brown’s fifth wicket partner Nic Pothas also had a slice of luck edging a ball from Deon Kruis to second slip where Anthony McGrath had the misfortune to spill the chance.

Pothas was on 37 at the time and before he could add to that score South African Kruis, a Kolpak signing, got his reward for an accurate spell by bowling the Hampshire wicketkeeper off an inside edge.

Brown and Dimitri Mascarenhas looked set to reach the interval in untroubled fashion until Ajmal Shahzad made the vital breakthrough. He tempted Brown into a drive and the batsman, on 81 at the time, edged a catch to Jacques Rudolph at first slip.

He departed after a four and a half hour stint at the crease in which he hit 11 boundaries off the 215 balls he faced.