Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were the main attractions but the sideshow of Gary Ballance grabbed the limelight in humble style.
Yorkshire have waited impatiently for their England superstars to be allowed to play in the County Championship.
But when the ECB unleashed them on the county game they crashed – with the pair scoring 18 between their four combined innings.
Enter Ballance and his unassuming yet effective heroics. Root and Bairstow need more game time and playing all three of the side’s fixtures so far this season could have got them into form ahead of a busy summer.
Despite Ballance’s batting, Hampshire look the real deal so far this season – with an unbeaten start to the season before the Royal London One-Day Cup takes over. They controlled the game from the moment James Vince arrived at No.3 to bring up his first century in over a year.
When he departed there was Gareth Berg to narrowly miss out on a first ton for Hampshire and rip through the Yorkshire top order, with help from Kyle Abbott – who looks the shrewdest of signings.
Hampshire have only beaten Yorkshire at home seven times in first-class cricket. But for Ballance and a flat, unresponsive track, it would’ve been eight.