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Sussex v Yorkshire (Day Two): CLOSE

— 17 June 2014

Jack Leaning continued to reward Yorkshire’s faith in him by scoring his second half-century in three matches in their championship match against Sussex at Arundel.

  • Scorecard

    The 20-year-old from York has been given his chance at No 3 following England call-ups for Joe Root and Gary Ballance while Kane Williamson has joined New Zealand’s tour of West Indies.

    He has justified being given such a responsible role by scoring a career-best unbeaten 52 to help claim victory at Northampton and has followed that with an unbeaten 75 after over four hours at the crease to help Yorkshire reach 208 for three in reply to Sussex’s 316.

    Leaning was called to the crease after Yorkshire suffered an untimely setback by losing Alex Lees in the over before lunch, given lbw to Australian seamer Steve Magoffin, for 22 after sharing an opening stand of 56 with Adam Lyth.

    Just as he had been confronted with a hostile spell from Australian Test bowler Peter Siddle against Nottinghamshire last week, and battled through to score 41, this time he faced the combined threat of Magoffin and James Tredwell, who has joined Sussex on loan after failing to get into Kent’s championship side.

    Magoffin’s height and bounce combined with Tredwell’s control restricted Yorkshire to 12 runs in the 9.3 overs after lunch and although they improved their scoring rate through the day, it was not a wicket that enabled batsmen to compile runs quickly.

    Even Adam Lyth. Normally a consistently quick scorer, took 153 balls to score 66 but his patience allowed Leaning to settle and the pair added a crucial 73-run partnership for the second wicket.

    Just as Yorkshire suffered a setback immediately before lunch, they suffered another blow just before tea with Lyth mis-timing an attempted pull of Magoffin that found fine leg four overs before the interval.

    It was Lyth’s fifth half-century of the summer, and included six fours and two sixes off Tredwell when he advanced down the wicket and launched him over long on.

    Andrew Gale, Yorkshire’s captain, also perished shortly after tea, bowled around his legs attempting to force the pace against Tredwell by trying to sweep, but Leaning settled down and forged another unbroken partnership of with Jonny Bairstow that guided Yorkshire to the close without further loss.

    Sussex had resumed the second morning on 300 for nine and added 16 runs before Jon Lewis edged Jack Brooks to Aaron Finch at first slip for a crucial 61, which included eight fours and helped add a crucial 68 runs for the final wicket with Lewis Hatchett.

    But Leaning’s application, facing 215 balls and hitting eight fours, ensured he forged an important unbroken 69-run stand with Jonny Bairstow, ensured Yorkshire can still take control of the match with a long batting line-up still to come.

  • TEA

    Adam Lyth spearheaded Yorkshire’s pursuit of a first innings lead on the second day of their championship match with Sussex at Arundel.

    The Whitby-born left-hander scored his fifth half-century of the season as Yorkshire reached 131 for two at tea on the second day after Sussex, resuming on 300 for nine, were dismissed for 316.

    Lyth showed great composure during tight spells from Steve Magoffin, Sussex’s Australian seamer, and James Tredwell, the Kent off-spinner making his debut on loan, when they conceded only 12 runs in 9.3 overs after lunch.

    But he came through that testing period to reach 66, including six fours and two sixes, and forged a crucial 73-run stand with youngster Jack Leaning.

    That partnership helped Yorkshire overcome the loss of Alex Lees in the over before lunch after he had forged a careful 56-run opening stand with Lyth, but was dismissed for 22 after Magoffin won an lbw appeal.

    Sussex had earlier added only 16 runs to their total before Jon Lewis edged Jack Brooks to Aaron Finch at first slip for a crucial 61, which included eight fours and helped Sussex add a crucial 68 runs for the final wicket with Lewis Hatchett.

    Magoffin immediately tested both openers with a new ball spell of 6-4-6-0 and by the time he was rested after lunch, he had amazing figures of 13-9-8-1.

    But he returned shortly before tea to claim the key wicket of Lyth, who mis-timed an attempted pull off Magoffin to Lewis at fine leg.

  • LUNCH

    Yorkshire made a solid start in their attempt to claim a first innings lead and take control of their match against Sussex at Arundel.

    Resuming the second morning on 300 for nine, Sussex added 16 runs to their total before Jon Lewis edged Jack Brooks to first slip after hitting eight fours in his 61.

    Lewis’ display helped Sussex add a crucial 68 runs for the final wicket with Lewis Hatchett, but Yorkshire quickly stole the momentum back and reached 56 for one at lunch.

    Steve Magoffin, Sussex’s Australian overseas bowler, tested both openers with a new ball spell of 6-4-6-0 and looked more than capable of adding to the 33 championship wickets he has already claimed this summer.

    James Tredwell, making his Sussex debut after signing on loan from Kent in an attempt to get some red ball cricket, provided further encouragement for Sussex by making the odd ball turn from the Castle End.

    It did not prevent Lyth using his feet to advance down the wicket in Tredwell’s second over and loft him over long on for six.

    But in the final over before lunch, Yorkshire’s progress was halted with Magoffin winning an lbw appeal against Lees for 22.

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