Adam Lyth reached 10,000 first-class runs for Yorkshire earlier this week, against Somerset at Taunton, and is targeting plenty more where that came from over the next few years.

Opening batsman Lyth admits he is proud of his achievements since debuting in 2007, winning two County Championship titles and going on to play Test cricket for England.

He played seven Tests in 2015, including a full home Ashes series, which England won.

In all first-class cricket, Lyth has scored 10,634 runs, so his recent milestone was purely in White Rose colours.

He is the 40th player to do so for the county and the first to have scored all his runs in the 21st century.

Lyth, 31, believes he has at least a handful of seasons left in his career, plenty of time for more runs and team honours.

Unfortunately, a third Championship title won’t be coming his way this year.

The defeat against Somerset earlier this week has ended Yorkshire’s hopes of silverware, with their attentions switching to securing third place in Specsavers Division One with two rounds remaining.

The first of those is against Kent – a challenger for third alongside Hampshire – at Emerald Headingley, starting on Monday (10.30am).

Lyth said: “I’m very proud. I’ve played a number of games for Yorkshire, and to get 10,000 is a good milestone. But onto the next one now.

“I’m still only young, so there’s plenty more runs to get.

“I would never in my wildest dreams have thought as a young kid opening the batting that I would achieve what I have done.

“I’m really proud of it, and hopefully there’s many more things I can achieve going forwards.

“I’m hoping I’ve got five or six seasons left in me, so you never know, I could reach 15,000. That would be a really good achievement.”

Lyth has scored 764 Championship runs this season with seven fifties.

“This year I’d have liked a few more bigger scores. I’ve got seven fifties. Turn them into bigger scores and you never know what might have happened,” he admitted, with a nod to England’s Ashes team.

“I’ve got four innings to go, and hopefully I can get some big runs at the back end of the season and finish off with 1,000 runs. That would be nice.”

Gary Ballance leads the Yorkshire runs tally with 969, and Lyth believes he and his fellow left-hander can guide an emerging batting group towards more trophies over the next few years.

“We’re a young batting unit, and you’re going to have good days and bad days,” he said.

“Hopefully myself and Gary can get in and help the young lads.

“There’s some talented players in our dressing room, but it’s just that they’re young.

“The young lads are learning and are playing well in the nets. If they can take that into the middle, hopefully there’s some big scores out there.

“We’re a young team, and with that there are going to be a lot of ups and downs.

“Somerset was a disappointing week, but hopefully we can turn it around against Kent.”

Yorkshire are third, 12 points clear of Kent in fifth place. Hampshire are sandwiched in between.

Lyth added: “We’ve outplayed a lot of good teams this year.

“We still have some work to do, but it would be nice to finish as high up the league as we can. Third is still there, and two good performances against Kent and Warwickshire would get us there.”

Team news

Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel is set to make his debut for the White Rose, replacing Keshav Maharaj as the Club’s overseas player for the final two games.

Spinners Josh Poysden (head), Adil Rashid (shoulder) and James Logan (back) have been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Seamer Matthew Fisher (dislocated shoulder/broken thumb), returns to squad and comes back into first-team contention having proven his fitness in the Club’s Second XI.

The White Rose are without Ben Coad due to medical reasons, and Will Fraine who picked up an injury to his left knee in the fixture against Somerset. It is anticipated that the pair will train this week, and their progress will be monitored ahead of the final game of the season.

17-year-old opening batsman Matthew Revis comes into the squad having made 177 in the Second XI’s three day friendly against Sussed last week. David Willey also returns to the squad.

12-man squad

Gary Ballance
Tim Bresnan
Harry Brook
Matthew Fisher
Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Adam Lyth
Duanne Olivier
Ajaz Patel
Steven Patterson ©
Matthew Revis
Jonny Tattersall (WK)
David Willey

The thoughts of Graham Hardcastle

Yorkshire’s defeat at Somerset was hugely frustrating.

An excellent start to the contest left you wondering if they really could gatecrash the title party.

But any such thoughts were quickly snuffed out by a ruthless Somerset performance with bat and ball.

Illness and injury to Ben Coad and Will Fraine obviously caused problems as they sat out all or the majority of the final two days, and it will be interesting to see how selection goes with Fraine’s replacement in particular.

Matthew Fisher will almost certainly replace Coad this week, but do you give Jack Leaning a go or have a look at a youngster coming through? There is a very, very strong case for the latter.

Yorkshire can’t afford to rest up. They must retain third place in the table to reinforce the feeling of progression in Championship cricket, which will require a couple of good performances given both Kent and Hampshire are within striking distance.

Ajaz Patel has the chance to impress over the next fortnight. After all, you never know what good performances may lead to.

It will be good to watch Kent overseas batsman Faf du Plessis, a player with obvious quality. Not for too long, though!

Enjoy the week. The title may be gone, but there’s still plenty to play for.


Potential batting milestones in Yorkshire v Kent on 16th Sep 2019

  • AEN Riley needs 5 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches
  • WAR Fraine needs 10 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches
  • BO Coad needs 13 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches
  • HC Brook needs 22 runs to reach 1000 runs in First-class matches
  • AU Rashid needs 33 runs to reach 2000 runs in First-class matches at Leeds
  • JA Leaning needs 45 runs to reach 3000 runs in First-class matches
  • JL Denly needs 58 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches against Yorkshire
  • JA Tattersall needs 60 runs to reach 1000 runs in First-class matches
  • CJ Haggett needs 74 runs to reach 1000 runs in First-class matches
  • SW Billings needs 103 runs to reach 3000 runs in First-class matches
  • Z Crawley needs 111 runs to reach 2000 runs in First-class matches
  • TT Bresnan needs 122 runs to reach 2000 runs in First-class matches at Leeds
  • A Lyth needs 123 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches against Kent
  • J Shaw needs 127 runs to reach 500 runs in First-class matches
  • DI Stevens needs 142 runs to reach 15500 runs in First-class matches
  • DJ Willey needs 150 runs to reach 2500 runs in First-class matches

Potential bowling milestones in Yorkshire v Kent on 16th Sep 2019

  • ME Claydon needs 1 wickets to reach 300 wickets in First-class matches
  • BO Coad needs 5 wickets to reach 150 wickets in First-class matches
  • SA Patterson needs 7 wickets to reach 150 wickets in First-class matches at Leeds
  • AU Rashid needs 8 wickets to reach 150 wickets in First-class matches at Leeds
  • JE Root needs 9 wickets to reach 50 wickets in First-class matches
  • D Olivier needs 10 wickets to reach 450 wickets in First-class matches


  • Before 2019 Yorkshire had last played against Kent in the Championship in 2012 and had not beaten them since 2001. In the period 2002-2012 the two counties met in the competition on 12 occasions, Kent winning four and Yorkshire none.
  • Kent’s highest total at Headingley is 537 for nine made in 2012 but Yorkshire have never passed 500 against Kent in Leeds, its highest home total against these opponents being 550 for nine at Scarborough in 1995.
  • Yorkshire’s batsmen have scored seven double-centuries against Kent but batsmen from the south-east county have scored only one in return.
  • On two occasions Yorkshire bowlers have taken nine wickets in an innings against Kent but no Kent bowler has ever taken more than eight wickets in an innings against Yorkshire.
  • George Hirst (twice) and Ray Illingworth have each scored a century and taken five wickets in an innings in a match against Kent but no Kent player has achieved the same feat against Yorkshire.

Specsavers County Championship Division One table

Specsavers County Championship Division One statistics

Yorkshire’s County Championship Statistics

RECORDS – 1864-2019

correct to August 31st, 2019

Played Yorkshire won Kent won Drawn Abandoned
Official County Championship 1890- 174 72 31 71 3
Non-Championship matches 27 13 8 6 0
Totals 201 85 39 77 3

Highest innings totals

  • Yorkshire 559 Canterbury 1887
  • At home 550-9dec Scarborough 2007
  • At Headingley 462-7dec 1995
  • Kent 580-9 Maidstone 1998
  • Away 537-9dec Headingley 2012

Lowest innings totals

  • Yorkshire 30 Sheffield (BL) 1865
  • Away 62 Maidstone 1889
  • Kent 39 Sheffield (BL) 1882
  • At home 63 Canterbury 1901
  • At Headingley Yorkshire 64 1919
  • Kent 66 1903

Highest individual innings

  • Yorkshire 248 W Barber Headingley 1934
  • Away 230 H Sutcliffe Folkestone 1931
  • Kent 207 DP Fulton Maidstone 1998
  • At Headingley 146 SR Waugh 2002

Highest wicket partnerships

  • Yorks 267 (1st) W Barber (248) & L Hutton (70) Headingley 1934
  • Kent 239 (2nd) HTW Hardinge (137) & FE Woolley (131) Tonbridge 1929

Best bowling in an innings

  • Yorkshire 9-12 H Verity Sheffield (BL) 1936
  • Away 9-59 H Verity Dover 1933
  • Kent 8-35 A Hearne Sheffield (BL) 1885
  • At home 8-53 W Foord-Kelcey Gravesend 1882
  • At Headingley Yorkshire 8-39 A Waddington 1922
  • Kent 7-22 JC Tredwell 2010

Best bowling in a match

  • Yorkshire 15-38 (6-26 & 9-12) H Verity Sheffield 1936
  • Away 14-101 (7-49 & 7-52) R Illingworth Dover 1964
  • Kent 13-48 (5-13 & 8-35) A Hearne Sheffield 1885
  • At home 13-61 (6-35 & 7-26) C Blythe Canterbuty 1903
  • At Headingley Yorks 12-117 (6-44 & 6-73) WE Bowes 1933
  • Kent 10-186 (4-75 & 6-111) AP Freeman 1930

Most dismissals in a match by a wicket-keeper

  • 7 (5 ct, 2 st) J Hunter Yorkshire Gravesend 1884
  • 7 (7 ct) A Wood Yorkshire Maidstone 1934
  • 7 (7 ct) APE Knott Kent Folkestone 1977

Most catches in an innings by a fielder

  • 6 T Kohler-Cadmore Yorkshire Canterbury 2019

Most catches in a match by a fielder

  • 6 J Seymour Kent Hull 1905
  • 6 T Kohler-Cadmore Yorkshire Canterbury 2019

One hundred runs and ten wickets in the same match

  • GH Hirst 101 & 4; 4-46 & 7-38 Yorkshire Catford 1906
  • R Illingworth 135; 7-49 & 7-52 Yorkshire Dover 1964

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