Rampant Root hits double ton

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A magnificent double century from Sheffield’s Joe Root was the outstanding highlight of the third day of Yorkshire’s rain-hit County Championship clash with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Root held the innings together throughout, batting with assurance and confidence in testing conditions on a ‘green top’ wicket to post the best score of his career, 222 not out, surpassing his previous highest of 160.

He reached his first ever double century just before the close, a superb innings which, from the start, had held together an otherwise faltering Yorkshire innings.

After the first-day washout, he was on 46 not out overnight following the curtailed second day as Yorkshire, resuming yesterday on 83-3 quickly lost Gary Ballance for 19 who added only two runs.

Anthony McGrath, 5, and Richard Pyrah, 0, both went cheaply leaving Yorkshire on 108-6 before the other South Yorkshire cricketer in the side, Barnsley’s Azeem Rafiq, provided suitable support.

He made 29 in a partnership of 53 before falling to Kabir Ali. Then Scott Patterson provided fine support for Root.

These two also posted a half-century stand to take Yorkshire beyond 200 and then turned their eighth wicket partnership into a century stand with Root going past 150 and then overtaking his previous highest score of 160 before Patterson was dismissed for 37 with the score 282-8, the pair having added 121.

His 200 came off 260 balls and he ended 222 not out in the 350-9 dec with 26 fours and three sixes.