Yorkshire v Middlesex: CLOSE (Day One)— 19 July 2014
Adam Lyth scored his fourth LV= County Championship hundred of the summer and became the first batsman to post 1,000 runs in Division One to boot, but Middlesex rallied late on a weather-affected opening day against Middlesex at Scarborough.
The left-handed opener, who still calls North Marine Road home when county commitments allow him to play club cricket, hit 117 off 231 balls for the White Rose after they had been invited to bat first.
Twenty overs were lost in the day due to an 80-minute rain break either side of an early tea and bad light late on, and the hosts will begin tomorrow’s second day on 211-6 from 76 overs with Adil Rashid and Tim Bresnan unbeaten.
Middlesex’s attack, led by Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn and Tom Helm, who all claimed two wickets apiece, responded well after a disappointing first half of the day, in which they bowled too short.
Alex Lees was caught behind for 28 off Roland-Jones, leaving the score at 49-1 in the 21st over, before New Zealander Kane Williamson was bowled by Finn for 14 in the afternoon with 92 on the board.
Lyth was dropped in the gully on 75 by Eoin Morgan off Roland-Jones with the score on 136-2 in the 45th.
This was his first Championship on his home ground, and it came midway through the evening session off 182 balls with 14 fours, with his milestone coming courtesy of an edged four to third man off Finn.
In the previous over, the 57th, Andrew Gale had cut Finn to captain Chris Rogers at backward point for 30, leaving the score at 177-3 and breaking a stand of 85 inside 24 overs between him and Lyth.
When Lyth reached 113 he became the first player to reach 1,000 runs in the Division for the second time in his career having also done it during 2010 when he went on to score 1,509 runs in the campaign.
Jonny Bairstow took 35 balls to get off the mark as Middlesex’s bowling improved, particularly Finn’s after tea.
But it was Tom Helm who removed Bairstow with his first ball back in the 70th when he clipped the top of the right-hander’s off-stump as the score fell to 204-4.
Yorkshire had only added three more runs to their tally when they lost Jack Leaning, bowled by Roland-Jones in the 73rd. Rashid was then dropped behind the stumps by Jon Simpson just two balls into his innings at the end of the over.
Lyth fell to Helm, smartly caught at second slip by Dawid Malan in what turned out to be the last over of the day.
Rain has interrupted the afternoon session on the opening day of Yorkshire’s LV= County Championship match against Middlesex at Scarborough.
Yorkshire have moved from 66-1 at lunch to 114-2 from 38.2 overs at tea, which was taken at 4.10pm, 50 minutes after the players came off for rain.
Adam Lyth has moved to 57 not out alongside Andrew Gale (eight not out). Yorkshire have lost Kane Williamson in the afternoon, bowled by Steven Finn, as they fell to 92-2 in the 34th.
Yorkshire have enjoyed a profitable first morning at Scarborough after losing the toss on a green pitch.
The expectation was that this pitch would provide significant assistance to the bowlers, and that is why visiting captain Chris Rogers invited the hosts to bat first.
However, the Australian Test opener will be frustrated that his five-man attack, including off-spinner Ollie Rayner, has only taken one wicket in 27.2 overs before rain prompted an early lunch just before 1.50pm.
Alex Lees was the man to fall when he was caught behind against Tim Murtagh for 28, leaving the score at 49-1 in the 21st over.
Adam Lyth will resume this afternoon, when the rain abates, on 29 with Kane Williamson on three.