Northamptonshire v Yorkshire (Day Two): CLOSE— 1 June 2014
Yorkshire enjoyed a hugely dominant and memorable second day of their LV= County Championship match against
Northamptonshire at Wantage Road today as opening pair and centurions Adam Lyth and Alex Lees shared an unbroken 237 to help them seize control of the match.
The county were on the back foot having conceded a first-innings lead of 115 before lunch, with Northants responding to 136 with 251 all out, including Ben Duckett’s 51.
Duckett, the England under 19s wicketkeeper batsman, helped advance the hosts from 191-7 at the start of play with help from Maurice Chambers (17).
But, having seen Adil Rashid strike twice and Steve Patterson once, Lyth and Lees took the game by the scruff of the neck with a largely untroubled stand from just before lunch until the end of play.
Yorkshire head into tomorrow’s third day on 237-0 from 77 overs, leading by 122. Lyth will resume on 116 off 222 balls with 17 fours, while Lees will resume unbeaten on 105 from 242 with 13.
They even shared the highest opening partnership recorded in either division of the Championship this summer and only Yorkshire’s third double century opening stand in matches v Northants. The last was between Haliday and Watson in 1948.
Lyth brought up his fifty off 68 balls with eight fours, the sixth time he has passed 50 in the Championship this season. He also topped 500 runs for the campaign. Lees later reached 50 off 121 balls, also with eight fours, although this was only his second half-century of the campaign.
Both played strongly on either side of the wicket against a Northants attack with nowhere near the penetration they had during yesterday’s opening day when they skittled Yorkshire cheaply.
Lyth, who also pulled well, drove successive boundaries in one over and Lees cut successive boundaries in another.
After seeing Lees dropped at mid-wicket on 78 by Rob Newton off Matt Spriegel’s off-spin, Lyth brought up his second hundred of the season off 194 balls with 15 fours, celebrating with real gusto.
And moments later, the pair notched their double century partnership in the 66th over of the innings, amounting to a lead of 85.
Lees later brought his first ton of the season up off 222 balls with 13 fours in the 71st over.
Earlier, Rashid struck twice, including bowling Duckett on the reverse sweep with his first ball, after Steve Patterson had taken the first wicket of the morning.
Patterson had Ian Butler caught at short cover by Liam Plunkett before Rashid’s second wicket wrapped up the innings, that of Chambers caught at mid-on by Lees. He and Duckett had shared 42 for the ninth wicket.
Yorkshire are on top against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road, and they have opening pair Adam Lyth and Alex Lees to thank for turning it around.
The White Rose county conceded a first-innings lead of 115 before lunch on day two, but the left-handed pair have both scored untroubled half-centuries to wipe out the deficit during the afternoon.
Yorkshire have reached tea at 151-0 from 44 overs, which means a lead of 36.
Lyth reached his fifty off 68 balls and Lees off 121 balls. Both men hit eight fours in their milestone. They will begin the evening session on 81 not out and 57 not out.
Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees are steadily reducing the arrears at Northampton on day two of their LV= County Championship match at Wantage Road.
The White Rose county conceded a lead of 115 this morning when Northants, in reply to 136, advanced from 191-7 to 251 all out thanks in the main to England under 19s left-hander Ben Duckett’s 51.
Lyth and Lees will resume on 29 and 10 respectively this afternoon, with Yorkshire at 43-0 from eleven second-innings overs, trailing by 73.
Adil Rashid struck twice, including bowling Duckett as he tried to play to leg with his first ball, after Steve Patterson had taken the first wicket of the morning.
Patterson had Ian Butler caught at short cover by Liam Plunkett before Rashid’s second wicket wrapped up the innings, that of Maurice Chambers caught at mid-on for 17.