The Cricket Paper - - REVIEW -

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.

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