Yorkshire may have had Jason "Dizzy" Gillespie in their attack, but the undoubted King of Swing here yesterday was Hampshire's Dimitri Mascarenhas.
His six-wicket haul went a long way to ending a 20-match unbeaten away run by Yorkshire, who last lost a Championship match in Hampshire in 1971, the year they lost by eight wickets at Dean Park at a time when Bournemouth was still in the county.
Mascarenhas, who took the new ball, soon got the ball to swing and he and his colleagues give a fine demonstration of disciplined bowling, taking a line and length that offered the Yorkshire batsmen next to nothing in the way of room to play their shots.
After stumbling to a pointless first-innings total, Yorkshire's misery was then compounded when the Hampshire openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams picked up where they had left off in the first meeting at Headingley eight weeks or so ago.
On that occasion the pair put on 60 and 133 in Hampshire's comfortable victory. Yesterday Yorkshire's chief tormentors were at it again, putting on 97 for the first wicket before Adams fell lbw to the Australian Test seamer Gillespie late in the day.
The two men had complemented each other perfectly, Carberry fairly racing to his half century, leaving Adams to anchor the other end as they helped fourth-placed Hampshire to take control of affairs.
The foundations for it had all been laid during the sweltering heat of the first two sessions when the Chiswick-born, Australia-raised Mascarenhas ran through the Yorkshire middle order, at one stage producing a deadly spell of three wickets for 10 runs in 23 balls. His first wicket, that of Anthony McGrath, came courtesy of a brilliant piece of reflex fielding by John Crawley at short leg. After that, there seemed to be no stopping Mascarenhas despite the stamina-sapping heat and humidity.
Had it not been for Darren Lehmann's more aggressive innings and Michael Lumb's watchful contribution, Yorkshire would have been in an even more sorry state.Reuse content