A REARGAURD of James Vince and tailenders Kyle Abbott and Brad Wheal held out on the final day to deny Yorkshire victory, which the skipper admitted: “really feels like a win in the dressing room.”

The Tykes hit 246 and 312-6 declared but failed to bowl out Hampshire twice, who could only register scores of 163 and 177-9 in their two innings of the LV = County Championship Division One clash.

Vince shelved his natural attacking game and faced 151 deliveries before being dismissed for 42 late in play, leaving the two tailenders to ride out the storm and avoid defeat – leaving the door open for a Hampshire league win.

Vince’s side have three to play with trips to Warwickshire and Lancashire sandwiching a tie with Nottinghamshire at the Ageas Bowl this month, while they currently sit three points behind Somerset at the top.

After his valiant batting display, Vince said: “If you come away with a draw from the position we were in, it really feels like a win up there in the dressing room.

"We got ourselves behind the game with the bat as the game went on and for the final two batsmen to get us over the line is a pretty good feeling.

"Obviously you want to be pushing for a win on day four not hanging on, but there are three games to go and this keeps us in the mix and hopefully we can get the win at Warwickshire and keep ourselves in the hunt to win it.

"I am immensely proud of all the guys to hold on out there, I couldn't watch much after I got out, but Whealy is pretty calm and blocking sort of suits Abbo's game."

Hampshire’s affair at Warwickshire starts on Sunday 5 September.