Jonny Bairstow hit a gloriously uninhibited 102 and Adam Lyth compiled a useful 53 but the batting of the returning England tourists could not prevent Hampshire sharing some of the honours with Yorkshire on the first day of the LV= Division One game at Headingley.
André Adams’s three wickets and two apiece for James Tomlinson and Gareth Berg helped James Vince’s attack keep Yorkshire’s first innings total within reasonable bounds and the home side were 333 for seven at close of play with the very impressive Jack Leaning unbeaten on 77 having shared an important and unbroken 54 runs for the eighth wicket with Tim Bresnan, who was 23 not out.
In the morning session Andrew Gale’s batsmen made reasonable use of the opportunity to bat first and had reached 83 for two at lunch.
On a slowish wicket where uninhibited strokeplay rarely seemed a wise option, Lyth did his chances of playing for England in the Lord’s Test no harm by accumulating 38 not out off 87 balls, and his partner Gale was unbeaten on 15 at the break.
However, Hampshire’s attack stuck to their work well and fully deserved their two successes. The first of these arrived with the 13th ball of the morning when Alex Lees shouldered arms to a ball from Tomlinson and was leg before for a single.
Cheteshwar Pujara then made 18 off 74 balls, in the course of which he was both nearly run out and dropped at second slip by Vince off Adams. Pujara eventually departed when he edged a catch off Tomlinson to Sean Ervine at second slip.
Yorkshire seamer Liam Plunkett, meanwhile, was dropped from the team to face Hampshire as punishment for missing a training session and photocall.
The 30-year-old returned last week from England’s tour of the West Indies and failed to attend his scheduled club commitments on Saturday, prompting coach Jason Gillespie to take action.
“I am very disappointed with Liam,” said the Australian.
“He knows that he has crossed the line and he will pay the price of missing out on selection for this game.
“Liam has apologised and we have accepted his apology. He is disappointed in himself for letting his team-mates down.”
“Hopefully he will learn from this,” Gillespie, linked with the England coach vacancy, added.
“Players are fully aware that we will not tolerate breaches of ill-discipline. Our internal code of conduct is sacrosanct and fundamental to driving us on as a successful club.”
Plunkett was on hand at Headingley for today’s opening day of play as 12th man, before joining up with the second XI for their four-day clash with Kent.