Adam Lyth and Harry Brook both retired with half-centuries to their names as during the first day of Yorkshire’s intra-squad friendly at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

Brook continued his sparkling tour form with 67 and Lyth hit 56 as the Gary Ballance team posted 232-4 from 70 overs, split into separate 35-over sessions.

Karl Carver struck three times for the Steve Patterson captained side.

Liam Plunkett bowled nine overs for 42 upon his return to action following a hamstring injury picked up on England limited overs duty in Australia and New Zealand recently.

Both Lyth and Brook, who hit a century and unbeaten fifty in matches against Notts earlier this week, shared 120 for the second wicket either side of lunch having been brought together by the early loss of Jonny Tattersall – bowled by Jack Brooks.

The pair hit a six apiece. Brook faced 96 balls and Lyth 98.

Carver removed Tim Bresnan (26), David Willey (nought) and Matthew Waite (18) on the way to figures of 3-55 from his 19 overs.

When play ended for the day, Ballance was unbeaten on 48.

The Patterson side will bat tomorrow, although they will be without Tom Kohler-Cadmore as originally planned because he is flying out to Pakistan to play for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League play-offs.

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