Bairstow hits double ton for Yorkshire

Liam Plunkett (left) and Jonny Bairstow (right)

Liam Plunkett and Jonny Bairstow both hit career-best scores

England batsman Jonny Bairstow hit a career-best 246 as Division One champions Yorkshire dominated day two against Hampshire at Headingley.

Bairstow and Liam Plunkett, who made his first century for Yorkshire, put on 227 runs for the seventh wicket.

Tom Alsop eventually had Bairstow caught at long-on, while Plunkett made 126 before being bowled by Will Smith as Yorkshire declared on 593-9.

An unbeaten 76 from James Vince helped the visitors reach 141-5 in reply.

Hampshire used nine bowlers in total, with only opener Michael Carberry and wicketkeeper Adam Wheater not being thrown the ball, as the hosts scored freely during the first two sessions.

Despite four of the hosts’ top six making just 20 runs between them, Yorkshire reached their highest total against Hampshire.

The away side’s response got off to the worst possible start as opener Alsop was trapped lbw by Ryan Sidebottom before Plunkett had Carberry caught as slip by Alex Lees.

Vince’s faultless innings, which included 11 fours, was in complete contrast to that of his batting partners, with Hampshire losing wickets at regular intervals and leaving them requiring another 302 runs to avoid the follow-on with only five first-innings wickets remaining.

Milestones for Bairstow and Plunkett

  • Bairstow passed 8,000 first-class runs
  • Their 100-run partnership came off just 65 balls
  • Bairstow reached his double century off 233 balls, with 26 fours and two sixes
  • Plunkett smashed 15 fours and a six to reach his century off just 82 balls
  • Their 227-run seventh-wicket partnership came off 28.1 overs at a run-rate of 8.05

Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow:

“It could have been a very tricky morning session, We know how important the morning sessions are here. It was our natural games and just the way it evolved.

“It all started again when Rash [Adil Rashid] played really well, and the intent he showed set the tone early on. Then the way Liam came out and played was absolutely fantastic.

“You saw from ball one how cleanly he came out and struck it. When someone’s striking it like that, you just let them go as long as possible.

“It’s going to be a tough task for those guys over the next 180 overs,

“Potentially we’ve got 250 overs – which I’m sure the bowlers are really looking forward to – so if they pull their finger out, we hope it will be a bit less than that.”

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