Match Centre

Ali Maiden, Yorkshire’s batting coach

“That was a brilliant afternoon, and the lads ended up putting on a bit of a show.
“Those two (Brook and Malan) as a partnership have been like that for the last couple of games. When they get going together, they are awesome to watch.
“A run-a-ball hundred is an amazing thing to do, and Dawid just sat in and watched Brooky go.
“The best way to win is to put them under pressure.
“We want to go out there and score some runs quickly and get a significant lead with enough time to potentially force something with the ball.
“It will be hard because that pitch is flat. We’ll have to see what happens there. But anything can happen.”

6.30pm – Close Yorkshire enjoy a dominant day three, moving from 81-3 to 425-5, leading by 22. Brook 110 not out, Malan 87 not out, Root 75 and Revis 47. A win is not out of the question.

6.06pm HUNDRED Brook reaches his third century of the summer with a pulled six off Critchley, 101 balls. Stunning knock, and Yorkshire are in the lead. 404-5 with 8.2 overs remaining.

5.24pm Yorkshire 359-5 after 105 overs. Four batting points in the bag. 41 more runs in five overs for a fifth. Malan 62 and Brook 72. This has been outstanding batting. Their partnership is 144 with 20 overs still remaining in the day.

5.07pm Malan reaches his fifty off 92 balls with 8×4s – his fifth on the bounce. Yorkshire are 336-5 in the 100th over, trailing by 67. Fabulous passage of play as he and Brook (60) take their stand to 121.

5.01pm Yorkshire have moved to 331-5 after 99 overs. If the remaining 26 overs go well, we will head into tomorrow with a victory not completely out of the question. Malan (47) and Brook (59) have shared 116 inside 23 overs to change things considerably. Superb batting.

4.50pm Brook reaches latest fifty off 48 balls, including 7×4s and 1×6s. Yorkshire 315-5 after 95 overs. Brook has now posted at least a fifty in every innings this season, added to two hundreds in pre-season friendlies. Some form, some player!

Australian overseas bowler Steketee has just conceded 20 runs off the 95th over of the innings. We still have 29 overs remaining in a day which could well see Yorkshire with a lead and five batting points.

4.32pm Fine start to the evening for Yorkshire. 282-5 after 92 overs. Malan has 24 and Brook 47, the latter three runs away from a fifty and two away from being the leading run-scorer in Division One with 561.

Tea Report Joe Root fell for 75 as one of two afternoon Yorkshire wickets on day three at Chelmsford, where the visitors are replying to Essex’s first-innings 403.

A rain-affected day has seen Yorkshire advance from 81-3 from 36.1 overs overnight to 256-5 after 86 at tea.

Only 11.4 overs were bowled before lunch, which came amidst a 95-minute break from 11.50am.

Root and nightwatchman Matthew Revis (47) shared 124 for the fourth wicket to push the visitors beyond 200 on a featherbed pitch and secure a first batting bonus point.

Both players played confidently before departing in the space of three overs during the second half of the afternoon.

Former Derbyshire all-rounder Matt Critchley had a hand in both as the score fell to 215-5 after 77 overs, Yorkshire still 39 runs away from the follow-on target.

Revis had been run out after clipping a ball to mid-wicket, where Critchley dived, stopped it and threw it to wicketkeeper Adam Rossington, who whipped off the bails with the batter short of his ground.

Root was then bowled by a googly from the leg-spinner, which looked as if it clipped the leg stump via an inside edge.

Root, in his 50th Championship appearance for Yorkshire, had earlier reached his half-century off 88 balls with six boundaries, an innings including his full repertoire of shots.

Eight overs were lost from the day’s allotted 96, and 39 remain.

Harry Brook, who got off the mark with a slog swept six off Simon Harmer, will begin the evening on 28 with Dawid Malan for company on 17. ??Yorkshire passed the 254 follow-on target in the final over of the afternoon.

3.49pm Tea. Yorkshire have reached 256-5 after 86 overs, gaining a second batting point in the latter stages of a session which saw Revis (47) and Root (75) depart. Malan 17 and Brook 28. We are 147 behind with 39 overs remaining in the day.

3.11pm WICKET Root is bowled trying to cut leg-spinner Critchley for 75. A googly which may have been played on. Yorkshire now 216-5 in the 78th.

3.01pm WICKET Oh no, Revis is run out. Clips to mid-wicket, sets off only for Critchley to dive, stop it and throw into Rossington, who whips off the bails. Falls for a well made 47. Yorkshire 205-4 in the 74th.

It was clear that Revis thought his shot had beaten Critchley, but it was a decent bit of fielding.

2.46pm Yorkshire are 189-3, with Root (63) and Revis (38) sharing 108 unbroken for the fourth wicket.

2.35pm There aren’t many things certain in life. Death, taxes and Joe Root runs are amongst them. He’s reached another fifty, off 88 balls with six fours. 173-3 now.

2.26pm Just looking at Joe Root’s stats, this is his 50th career Championship appearance for Yorkshire. He could be celebrating with a fifty at least. He has 44 of 165-3, with Revis 33 and also batting nicely.

1.57pm Useful start to the afternoon as Yorkshire move to 148-3 in the 57th over, Root 35 and Revis 25.

1.17pm Eight overs lost and we’ll resume at 1.25pm. 77 overs remain.

12.33pm Early lunch to be taken at 12.45pm and a further inspection will take place at 1.25pm.

12.25pm – Lunch Report Think we can safely say that we won’t see any more play before lunch. Here’s what’s happened so far.

Only 11.4 overs were possible during a rain-affected third morning between Yorkshire and Essex at Chelmsford.

Yorkshire started the day, replying to 403, on 81-3 from 36.1 overs and reached an early lunch at 115-3 from 47.5.

Joe Root and Matthew Revis batted through the mini-session without alarm, reaching 21 and 10 respectively. Both hit boundaries before rain arrived just before 11.50am and forced an interruption.

12.14pm Scratch that. It’s raining again.

12.07pm Covers coming off now. The ground staff had battened down the hatches, but the rain has stopped and we look good for a resumption shortly.

Jonny Bairstow has a first IPL 2022 fifty. He’s unbeaten on 50 with Punjab 113-2 in the 13th over against Rajasthan.

11.47am Raining at Chelmsford now. Doesn’t have the feel of a long delay. Yorkshire with 115-3 with Root 21 and Revis 10.

11.38am Away from Chelmsford to another sunny destination, Dubai, where Northern Diamonds star Sterre Kalis is playing in the Fairbreak Global T20 competition and has had one heck of a start.

The Netherlands international and Diamonds contracted player has posted scores of 32 and 58 opening the batting alongside Sophie Devine for the Tornadoes team. She yesterday became the first player from an Associate nation to post a fifty in that competition.

Her side have won both games so far. Kalis will fly back from Dubai next Friday, before the semi-finals and final, to be available for the Diamonds season opener against Lightning at Loughborough on Saturday.

11.26am Encouraging start for Yorkshire, who have moved to 101-3 after 43 overs of their reply to 403. Twenty runs this morning, including 14 of them to Root. Revis playing the perfect nightwatchman’s role – 3 off 54 balls.

11am We’re up and running here at Chelmsford. Root is facing Sam Cook, with Yorkshire 81-3 in reply to Essex’s first-innings 403. Revis on 1. Cloudy but bright at the moment. Some suggestions of a bit more rain later on from the locals in the press box.

10.39am Let’s have a look around the grounds before we get going.

Division One

Hampshire 342 and 28-4 v Gloucestershire 179, Ageas Bowl
Lancashire 127-0 v Warwickshire 315, Old Trafford
Surrey 401 v Northamptonshire 154-8, Oval

Division Two

Glamorgan 305-5 v Leicestershire 320, Sophia Gardens
Sussex 392 v Middlesex 284-6, Hove
Worcestershire 169-6 v Durham 580-6 dec, New Road

9.40am You can recap our coverage of day two before we get going, including our match report and reaction piece with Dom Bess.

Match Report.

Dom Bess.

Good morning from Chelmsford, where it is currently raining ahead of the start of day three.

It seems like it has rained a touch overnight, but in the last five minutes it has descended to force the ground staff to put the covers on.

Doesn’t seem like they are too worried about it, however. Hopefully just a short and sharp shower.

Yorkshire will begin the day on 81-3 in reply to 403. It was a largely encouraging day for the county yesterday. With a depleted attack, they fought hard to restrict Essex from 234-3 at the start of the day.

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