Dom Bess has spoken of Yorkshire’s action plan tomorrow as they bid to repel a Surrey victory pursuit which gathered steam with two wickets late on day three.

Yorkshire will begin day four against the league leaders at Scarborough on 65-2 in their second innings, leading by 71.

Jamie Overton got Adam Lyth and Bess himself late on in the day.

Earlier, Bess had impressed with 5-126 as Surrey responded to Yorkshire’s first-innings 521 with 515: “To contribute to the team, I’m happy with how it’s gone today for me,” he said before assessing the position of the game overall.

“Lythy got a good one at the end there and me getting out has made it a little bit tougher for us.

“Our plan is to bat well and get to a lead where we don’t lose the game. We could even give them a bit of a scare later on. 

“You never know with a game of cricket when it comes down to the last two hours of the game. But our biggest thing is not letting them win this game. 

“If we can draw tomorrow and come away with quite a few points, I think that’s a real positive considering they’re top of the table. That’s key.

“We still have six games after this to go to drag it out. Everyone knows how quickly games can turn later on in the summer with teams wanting to win and things happening to pitches.

“You have to give yourself a chance. Then we go down to Taunton next week and we can take a few more points there.”

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