6.22pm A very useful outing for Yorkshire, especially the top order. Fingers crossed for more of the same for the bowlers tomorrow.

6.16pm – Close Encouraging opening day for Yorkshire, who finish on 221-6 from 72 overs. Wharton 9, Bess 1. Late wicket of Duke for 13 followed scores of 83 for Lyth, 56 for Malan – both retired out – and 46 for Hill.

6.02pm Looks like we will be finishing the day with two spinners. The floodlights have been on for the last couple of hours, and the light is increasingly gloomy.

Five overs remain, with Yorkshire 216-5 after 67. Duke 13 and Wharton 5.

5.31pm Will Fraine has been caught behind off Gibson for nought. 197-5 in the 59th over. Duke joins Wharton at the crease.

5.21pm Adam Lyth retires out on 83, bringing James Wharton to the crease. 197-3 after 56 overs. And Brook follows lbw to Gibson for 0. It’s now 197-4 in the 57th. Fraine comes in.

5.07pm Dawid Malan retires on 56 off 83 balls, paving the way for Harry Brook to bat for the day’s remaining 20 or so overs. Yorkshire 193-2 in the 54th over. Lyth 79.

4.55pm Malan joins Lyth in reaching a half-century, 75 balls with 8×4s. Yorkshire ploughing on to 178-1 in the 51st over of 72 today. Lyth 70.

Will be some asset in the opening two months of the season if he continues to play like this.

4.19pm Yorkshire 135-1 in the 43rd over. Lyth has 56 and Malan 24, the latter playing a lovely drive down the ground off Rushworth a short time ago.

Tea Report Openers George Hill and Adam Lyth ensured a commanding start to Yorkshire’s three-day friendly against Durham at the Riverside, sharing an 83-run partnership when play got underway after morning rain.

Play was delayed until 1.15pm because of light, but persistent, rain.

It was pre-arranged that Yorkshire would bat in a fixture which sees both sides fielding 14 players, and they went on to reach tea at 113-1 from 35 overs.

Hill made 46 and Lyth an unbeaten 50, reaching his half-century – off 109 balls – with the final delivery of the afternoon.

Hill was particularly strong on the drive and led the way initially before Lyth, who had struck the first boundary in the second over, imposed himself in the second half of the afternoon and also drove well.

The former fell when he edged young seamer Oliver Gibson, yet to make his first-team debut, to home captain Scott Borthwick at second slip in the 27th over.

Lyth hit back-to-back boundaries off seamer Ben Raine and left-arm spinner Liam Trevaskis, the latter coming through the off-side at the end of the afternoon.

Dawid Malan will begin the evening session on 11, with 37 overs remaining to be bowled.

3.34pm Adam Lyth reaches his fifty, off 109 balls with seven fours, with the final ball before tea. Yorkshire are 113-1 from 35 overs. Following Hill’s 46, Malan has chipped in with an unbeaten 11. Excellent start for the visitors here at the Riverside.

3.23pm Lyth and Malan, 39 and 3, are facing double spin in the form of left-armer Liam Trevaskis and off-spinner George Drissell. 94-1 after 32.

3.06pm First wicket falls, and it’s Hill for a well made 46 – caught at second slip by Borthwick off Gibson’s seam. 83-1 in the 27th. Malan joins Lyth, who has 31, at the crease.

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2.44pm Lyth has just put his foot down in the last couple of overs. He has moved to 30 with two boundaries in as many balls off Raine, the latter a lovely push down the ground. Very profitable start this. 73-0 in the 23rd.

2.35pm Yorkshire 60-0 after 20 overs. Hill 37 and Lyth 17.

Just an early observation on George Hill. Looks more imposing at the crease and perhaps more comfortable in his surroundings at the top of the order.

Did well in a position which wasn’t natural to him last summer. But, after a winter’s work – no doubt a lot of which will have been centred around facing the new ball – he looks like he belongs.

Some good competition at the top of the order with Will Fraine admitting recently it’s his favoured position as well.

2.16pm George Hill requires a change of bat. Hope his favourite one hasn’t gone on him this early in the season!

And, as I type, Lyth drives Coughlin to cover fence to move Yorkshire to 51-0 in the 16th over. He has 14 and Hill 33.

1.56pm We are through 10 overs, and it has been a start Yorkshire will be delighted with. 36-0. Hill has 24 and Lyth 7. Both have driven boundaries. Hill has looked particularly commanding, driving both Rushworth and Potts through the covers.

1.24pm First boundary of the summer goes to Lyth, who square drives Potts behind point. 5-0 in the second over. We are due to have 72 overs today.

1.19pm LIVE STREAM LINK ????

1.15pm The umpires are Peter Hartley and Phil Mustard. Hill and Lyth to open the batting for Yorkshire.

1.04pm You may well see an O Gibson playing for Durham in this match. Do not fear, Ottis hasn’t come out of retirement to join his former county. It is young bowler Oliver Gibson.

1.03pm Yorkshire will be batting first.

Durham’s squad is as follows: Borthwick c, Jones, Dickson, Bedingham, Eckersley, Clark, Coughlin, Trevaskis, Raine, Potts, Rushworth, Salisbury, Mackintosh, Drissell, Gibson.

12.26pm The covers are being removed here, so things are looking promising for a 1.15pm start.

Ottis Gibson sits amongst a photo wall of former players in Durham’s pavilion.

11.16am The PA announcer here has just made an announcement which was very much a case of giving with one hand and taking away with the other.

“Welcome to the summer,” he said, before bringing official news from the umpires. “There will be no play before lunch, which will be taken at 12.30pm with a view to starting at 1.15pm.”

10.43am Rain continues to fall here at the Riverside – not heavily, but significant enough to ensure a delayed start.

Durham’s Ned Eckersley is out there doing a wicketkeeping drill, while the ground staff are hovering by the covers ready to act should the rain stop. Not a brolly in sight.

10am There are a couple of injury issues within the Yorkshire squad at the moment.

Ben Coad picked up a groin injury out in Dubai, but he is easing back into bowling at the moment.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore returned from the Pakistan Super League in February with concussion symptoms, and he is currently being monitored by the club’s medical staff.

9.55am There will be a live stream available via the Match Centre page on Durham’s website (durhamcricket.co.uk) and their YouTube page.

A note on their website reads: “Please note, for this fixture we will be testing a number of new pieces of equipment ahead of the season which may affect the broadcast at certain times throughout play. There will be no commentary on the stream.”

Good morning from the Riverside, where Yorkshire start their first English based friendly of the summer.

After a pair of two-day games against Gloucestershire in Dubai earlier this month, and last week’s intra-squad game at Bradford Park Avenue, Durham are our hosts and opponents over the next three days.

The covers are currently on the square due to some rain around, though there are a few players from either side dotted around the outfield warming up and having a hit in the nets. So that is indication that it isn’t too heavy.

Whether we get going at 11am or not is clearly doubtful, but we should see a decent amount of cricket today.

As with most pre-season friendlies nowadays, this game is unlikely to be played as a straightforward three-day game. Yorkshire’s squad, for example, consists of 14 players, and all are expected to be involved at some stage or other.

That 14 is as follows……..

Patterson c, Bess, Brook, Duke, Fraine, Hill, Leech, Loten, Lyth, Malan, Revis, Tattersall, Thompson, Wharton.

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