“It was a good day overall, and it’s gone exactly how we wanted.”

Centurion Fin Bean couldn’t have summed things up better after helping Yorkshire take control of the ongoing Vitality County Championship match against Glamorgan after two days at Headingley.

Bean scored a career best 140 to underpin Yorkshire’s first-innings 295-2 in reply to 221, a lead of 74.

He shared a third-wicket stand of 201 unbroken with Joe Root either side of tea. The England star finished the day unbeaten on 92 himself.

Earlier, Glamorgan started the day on 109-4, and spinners Dan Moriarty and Dom Bess were excellent for four wickets apiece. 

The county are now in a fabulous position to go on and claim a first win of 2024 at the fifth time of asking. 

Bean went on: “One of the big things on that pitch was for the spinners to play a big part. Then, with the bat, it was pleasing to not lose many wickets and build partnerships. 

“It was a pleasing day.”

Firstly, on the spinners – Moriarty and Bess, Bean said: “We’ve not seen them both bowl together, and this was Bessy’s first game back. It’s very pleasing for him to get the four wickets, and it was nice to see them bowl in tandem the way they did.

“There’s a lot of rough there. There’s not much spin from straight, but when they get the rough it’s definitely challenging. 

“It was pleasing that we managed to find that consistently and restrict them to 220.”

On the batting performance, he said: “It’s always nice (to score a hundred), and the first one for the season. That settles things down.

“I had the mindset from watching them, ‘Try and put them under a bit more pressure and put them off their lines and lengths’. Fortunately, it worked.

“To set up the game and go at the rate we did makes it a bit easier. We’re in the driving seat for tomorrow.”

And, finishing on the plan for day three, he added: “We’re scoring at a rate which is pretty quick, so maybe full batting points (450) and then take it from there.” 

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