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Lyth dominates with the bat in Taunton

— 13 April 2014

Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth will have mixed feelings when he gets to the team hotel in Taunton after the first day of the LV= County Championship season.

    “I’d have taken that at the start of the day, but the way I batted I’d have liked three figures." Adam Lyth

    The classy left-hander was in imperious touch as he eased to 85 before being brilliantly caught at mid-wicket by Somerset’s Lewis Gregory off the bowling of Criag Overton. The 26-year-old looked set to record his eighth First-Class century before the heroics in the field from Gregory.

    As Yorkshire closed day one in a commanding position on 342 for 5, Lyth can sit back and be quietly content with his contribution in the south-west.

    “I’d have taken that at the start of the day, but the way I batted I’d have liked three figures,” he said.

    “It was a pretty fantastic catch, and I absolutely smoked it. But that’s cricket. If you hit the ball in the air, there’s obviously a chance of getting out. Unfortunately for me, it was a good catch.”

  • “We obviously lost the toss and got put in, and we’re happy with that at the end of the day – 342-5 is a commanding position.

    “There was a period of play when me and Gary (Ballance) were out there when they bowled quite a few maidens on the trot. We played and missed quite a lot.”

    The Whitby-born batsman believes Yorkshire can continue to progress on day two and set themselves up for potential victory in the latter staged of the game. With Adil Rashid and Andre Hodd at the crease, runs can come at a positive rate as the Tykes looks to assert their authority of the game.

    “It’s a good pitch, but I don’t think they bowled particularly well,” added Lyth, who is 93 shy of 5,000 First-Class runs.

    “It seamed when they got it in the right area. We need to use the condition to our advantage.

    “With Rash and Hoddy in the middle we’ll be looking to score quickly tomorrow and bat with intent. It has been a good start and we have to be ruthless now. “

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