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Andrew Gale

“We’re paying the price for some soft batting in the first innings. We felt we’d left 60 or 70 runs out there in the first innings.

“I thought we bowled nicely in the first session today having been a bit wide on day one. But they showed us how to go about tricky periods. They dug in for an hour and a half, and you have to give them credit.

“They took the sting out of it and got their rewards later in the day against some tired bodies.

“That’s what good sides do, and you don’t see that much in county cricket these days. They showed a lot of patience and resilience.

“The challenge is set for us. We need a few blokes to get hundreds, but there’s no doubt it’s an uphill battle.

“I thought Adam Lyth battled hard tonight, which is encouraging. But it’s spinning, it’s seaming and there’s up and down bounce. It’s going to be tough.

“But I just want us to show a bit of character tomorrow.”

6.09pm Close. Yorkshire under the cosh at 38-3 in their second innings trailing by 82 with Lyth 9 and Brook 4. Earlier, Essex, responding to a first-innings 208, reached 328.

5.51pm Kohler-Cadmore gone! He’s been trapped lbw aiming a pull at Harmer for 8. Yorkshire are 30-3, trailing by 90.

5.16pm Ballance has been caught behind by a diving Wheater, one-handed, fine catch to be fair, off Siddle. Ballance falls for four. 14-2 in the ninth.

5.05pm Fraine gone! He’s been bowled by Siddle for 3. Yorkshire are 10-1 in the sixth over.

4.31pm Keshav Maharaj removes Beard and Porter in two balls, ending the Essex innings at 328. They lead by 120. 21 overs remaining in the day.

4.05pm Essex now lead by 100 at 308-8 in the 110th over, the second of the evening. Fisher and Maharaj bowling.

3.44pm Around the grounds courtesy of the ECB’s Reporters Network……..

Division One

Hampshire v Warwickshire (Day 3, Ageas Bowl)

Warwickshire were dismissed for 309 despite Sam Hain scoring 106, his first Championship century for three years. Hampshire had a lead of 232 and are 23 for 0 in their second innings.

Surrey v Kent (Kia Oval)

An attempt by Surrey to replace Gareth Batty with fellow off-spinner Amar Virdi was over-ruled by the ECB. Batty is suffering from a virus and Kent agreed that Virdi could replace him, only for the ECB to rule that it was outside competition regulations. On the pitch, Surrey were bowled out for 271 and Kent are 114 for 2, Zac Crawley making 69.

Somerset v Nottinghamshire (Taunton)

Nottinghamshire have responded well to the leaders’ 326 and are 169 for 2. Chris Nash retired hurt on 50 after being hit on the helmet by Jamie Overton’s bouncer and Jake Libby is 59 not out.

Essex v Yorkshire (Chelmsford)

Essex are 304 for 8, a lead of 96, after Tom Westley made a season’s best 81 and Ryan ten Doeschate hit 60.

Division Two

Leicestershire v Durham (Leicester)

Colin Ackermann’s fourth half-century of the season – an unbeaten 62 – enabled Leicestershire to take a first innings lead of 95 as they were bowled out for 212. Chris Rushworth took 5 for 55 and Durham openers Alex Lees and Cameron Bancroft have put on 77 unbeaten in Durham’s second innings.

Middlesex v Gloucestershire (Merchant Taylors’ School)

Toby Roland-Jones’ first Championship five-for since they won the title in 2016 put Middlesex back in contention. He finished with 7 for 52 including three wickets in nine balls today as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 201, a lead of 29. Ryan Higgins made 61 against his former county.

Northamptonshire v Lancashire (Northampton)

Graham Onions completed the 31st five-wicket haul of his career before Northants were dismissed for 442. Lancashire are 85 for 2 in reply.

Worcestershire v Derbyshire (Kidderminster)

After 20 wickets fell on day one conditions for batting have improved. Wayne Madsen made 60 and Tom Lace is 50 not out in Derbyshire’s 168 for 4, a lead of 163.

Tea Yorkshire have been hurt by an unbeaten 60 for Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate and some help from the tail as the hosts reply strongly to a first-innings 208 at Chelmsford.

The White Rose claimed three wickets for 20 after lunch on day two as the hosts slipped from 202-4 to 222-7, but they have since reached tea on 304-8 from 108 overs, leading by 96.

Duanne Olivier, Ben Coad and Matthew Fisher struck to raise Yorkshire hopes.

But ten Doeschate, who reached 50 off 79 balls, has shepherded the tail to take his side beyond 300.

Olivier trapped Westley for a season’s best 81 lbw as he played across the line before Coad had Adam Wheater caught behind off the inside edge. Fisher then forced Simon Harmer to play on. The latter two wickets were achieved with the new ball.

Ten Doeschate shared 31 with Peter Siddle for the eighth wicket and an unbroken 51 for the ninth wicket Aaron Beard, 27 not out.

3.15pm Ten Doeschate has reached a 79-ball half-century and Essex have pushed on to 282-8, a lead of 76.

2.53pm WICKET! Essex, replying to 208, have moved to 253-7 in the 94th over, but they lose Siddle bowled by Maharaj next ball for 19. 253-8.

2.07pm Wheater gone! He’s been caught behind off an inside edge against Coad, 6. 219-6 in the 84th.

2.01pm Yorkshire have taken the new ball at the start of the 83rd over through Fisher. Essex 218-5, leading by 10.

1.49pm Westley gone! He’s been trapped lbw by Olivier trying to turn one to leg, didn’t bounce as much as he thought. Gone for 81. 202-5 in the 79th.

1.45pm We’re underway after lunch, and Essex have moved to 202-4 in the 79th over.

Lunch Yorkshire have only struck once during the second morning against Essex at Chelmsford in their defence of a 208 first-innings score, but they have limited the runs on a slow pitch.

Essex started the day on 122-3 from 44 overs and have reached lunch on 193-4 from 76, scoring 71 in 32 overs in the session.

Matthew Fisher struck inside the session’s final half hour when he had Rishi Patel caught at mid-wicket by Will Fraine for 35, leaving the score at 169-4 after 71 overs.

Patel had shared 68 in 28 overs for the fourth wicket with Tom Westley, who remains unbeaten and has moved to 79.

Westley started the day on 51 and took almost half an hour to get off the mark at the start of play.

Following the departure of Patel, the scoring rate has increased with Ryan ten Doeschate’s arrival at the crease. He lofted Keshav Maharaj over long-on for six in 14 not out, with 24 coming in five overs.

12.08pm Maharaj enters the attack with Essex 157-3 in the 62nd.

11.39am It may have been a wicketless start to day two for Yorkshire, but keeping the runs down is the next best thing. And that is exactly what Ben Coad and Steve Patterson have done. Essex are 137-3 in the 55th over.

11am We’re up and running for day two. Patterson to Westley. Essex 122-3.

Good morning from Chelmsford, where it is dry and bright ahead of day two.

The sun is yet to break through and it is quite muggy again.

Essex, replying to 208, will resume on 122-3 with Tom Westley on 52 and Rishi Patel 10. The hosts are ahead in the game and Yorkshire need a good morning to get back in the touch.

The pitch turned yesterday and showed signs of uneven bounce.

We are set to get underway at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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