MATCH CENTRE 

6.06pm – Close. Fantastic day for Yorkshire, who reach 330-3 from 78 overs. Masood 113 not out, Bean 93 and Hill 51 not out. Masood and Bean end the day sharing an unbroken 90 for the fourth wicket.

6.02pm – The Diamonds are going to win. Storm are 243-7 with eight balls left chasing 282. That would put the Diamonds back into knockout contention with two games left. Yorkshire Academy posted 100-8 in their T20 final against Surrey at Kibworth. Surrey are 19-2 in the third over of their chase.

5.58pm – George Hill becomes the third Yorkshire player to reach a fifty today, this one off 76 balls with 8x4s. We’re into the last three overs of the day, and it’s 327-3 with Masood on 110.

5.41pm – We’ve moved to 305-3 in the 71st over, with Hill on 40. He’s got his dancing shoes on today. He keeps shimmying down the pitch and lofting Carlson over the top. Lovely. Masood 101. They’ve shared 65 unbroken.

5.32pm – HUNDRED! Brilliant. Shan Masood reaches his first hundred for Yorkshire, off 132 balls with 11x4s. We’re 289-3 in the 69th over. Hill 27.

5.27pm – Masood has 98 and is two away from his first Yorkshire hundred. We’re 286-3 in the 68th over of 78 to bowl tonight. Hill 26.

5.12pm – The Diamonds are in pole position against Storm, who are 141-4 in the 28th chasing 282 in 43. Yorkshire’s Academy are 68-8 after 14 overs in their T20 final against Surrey. Here at Cardiff, Yorkshire are 269-3 in the 64th over. Masood 90 and Hill 17.

4.57pm – We’ve moved to 253-3 in the 59th over, securing a first batting point. Masood 81 and Hill 11.

4.39pm – WICKET! Wharton trapped lbw by McIlroy for 3. Yorkshire 240-3 in the 54th over. George Hill in to join Masood, who has 78.

4.32pm – Oh no, the Academy are 8-4 after four overs in their T20 final against Surrey. Good one to win from there!

4.25pm – WICKET! Bean caught at slip by Ingram off Carlson’s off-spin for an excellent 93. Yorkshire 225-2, that ending a stand of 127 with Masood, who is 66 not out. James Wharton comes to the crease.

4.20pm – Play has resumed after tea here in Cardiff, with Yorkshire now 220-1 in the 50th over. Bean 90 and Masood 64.

4.15pm – The Diamonds are in control at Taunton, where Storm are 57-2 after 14 of 43 overs chasing 282.

4pm – Yorkshire’s Academy are due to start their final against Surrey at Kibworth. Looks like it’s been raining, as they were scheduled to start at 2.30pm.

4pm – Tea Report Fin Bean and captain Shan Masood are eyeing centuries amidst a dominant start with the bat for Yorkshire against Glamorgan at Cardiff.

Bean and Masood have shared 119 unbroken for the second wicket to advance from 98-1 early in the afternoon to 217-1 at tea, with 48 overs bowled to start this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture.

Adam Lyth has been the day’s only wicket to fall, for 49 early in the afternoon. He chopped on against left-arm seamer Jamie McIlroy just after lunch.

Since then, Bean and Masood – two more left-handers – have looked totally at ease on a slow surface.

Bean has been strong square on both sides of the wicket in 88 not out, while Masood has cruised his way to 63 unbeaten.

Glamorgan have lost off-spinner Ben Kellaway to suspected concussion as he banged his head into the turf trying to save a boundary. It remains to be seen when and if he will return.

Bean reached his fifty off 79 balls before Masood followed him to the same milestone off 58.

There are 30 overs remaining in a day which started only at 12.10pm following rain. 

3.52pm – Bean 87 and Masood 61 have shared 116 and counting for the second wicket as we approach tea. We’ve moved to 215-1 after 47 overs. Fabulous start to this fixture.

3,23pm – Masood has reached his fifty off 58 balls with 7x4s. Excellent stuff. We’re 169-1 in the 40th over.

3.19pm – Masood has played one of those innings where you look up at the scoreboard and think, ‘How’s he got there’. He has eased his way to 48 not out from 163-1 in the 39th.

3.12pm – Ben Kellaway has left the field with potential concussion after injuring himself as he tried to stop a Masood boundary. We’ve moved to 150-1 after 37 overs. Masood 37, Bean 56.

2.54pm – The Diamonds have posted 281-3 from their 43 overs, including Leah Dobson’s 68 not out off 50 balls. That will take some chasing.

2.51pm – Bean reaches his fifty off 79 balls with 6x4s. Excellent. Yorkshire 124-1 in the 33rd over. Masood 18.

2.19pm – WICKET! Lyth has chopped on against McIlroy for 49. It’s 98-1 in the 25th over, and Shan Masood is on his way to the crease to join Bean on 45.

2.11pm – The afternoon session is about to begin here in Cardiff. Yorkshire 86-0 after 22 overs. Lyth 45 and Bean 37.

2.02pm – The Diamonds are in an excellent position at 186-2 after 32 of 43 overs at Storm. Lauren Winfield-Hill is 82 not out.

1.34pm – Lunch Report Adam Lyth and Fin Bean continued their excellent recent form at the top of Yorkshire’s order to help the county make an impressive start to their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens.

Rain prevented a start until 12.10pm, with 78 overs to be bowled in the day.

And Yorkshire reached lunch on 86-0 from 22, including Lyth’s 45 and 37 for Bean. 

Ben Cliff has come into the side for his first-class debut in place of fellow seamer Matthew Fisher, who picked up a side injury in last week’s win over Derbyshire.

Lyth and Bean have looked untroubled on a slow Cardiff pitch as they posted a half-century stand for the seventh successive innings in Division Two. They will be hoping to convert this start into a fourth hundred stand in that run.

Glamorgan need to win this game, their penultimate of 2023, to keep alive their slim hopes of promotion. 

But they are already on the back foot after Yorkshire’s openers made the most of Shan Masood’s decision to bat first upon winning the toss on an overcast day in South Wales.

1.33pm – Yorkshire’s Academy has just qualified for this afternoon’s final of the ECB U18s County T20 Cup, beating Northamptonshire in the semi-final at Kibworth. Alex Cree 73 and Josh Hoyle 3-21 stand out in a 40-run win. Surrey up next.

1.21pm – Yorkshire’s Academy are close to setting up an afternoon final against Surrey at Kibworth in the ECB U18 County T20 Cup. Northamptonshire are 131-8 after 17 overs chasing 183. Leg-spinner Josh Hoyle has claimed three wickets.

1.07pm – Lyth and Bean have been in sparkling form in the Championship of late. This is their seventh successive opening stand above 50.

1.03pm – Seamer Zain ul Hassan is on for Glamorgan in place of Harris. Lyth and Bean -32 and 24 – have shared 58 in 13 overs.

12.51pm – Early change for Glamorgan as off-spinner Ben Kellaway comes into the attack at 46-0 after 10 overs.

12.41pm – Confident start by Lyth and Bean – 10 and 19 respectively – on what looks a slow pitch. We’re 29-0 after eight.

12.30pm – Yorkshire’s Academy posted 182-7 against Northamptonshire in the semi-final at Kibworth, and the reply sees Northampton 35-2 in the fourth over. The Diamonds are 32-0 after eight of 43 overs at Storm in the RHF Trophy.

12.08pm – The Players are out in the middle. Adam Lyth to face Jamie McIlroy to get us going.

11.56am – A touch more rain has delayed us a touch further. Two more overs lost. So we’re due 78 overs today and will be starting at 12.10pm.

11.38am – Yorkshire’s Academy are 151-4 in the 17th over in their T20 semi-final against Northamptonshire at Kibworth. Captain and opener Alex Cree made 73.

11.33am – The rain has stopped, and we are due for a 12pm start with 80 overs in the day.

10.56am – The rain continues to fall here at Sophia Gardens.

10.30am – It’s raining pretty hard now at Sophia Gardens.

10.11am – It’s also raining at Taunton, where the Diamonds are in RHF Trophy action against the Storm.

10.09am – Yorkshire have won the toss and will bat. But it’s raining again.

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9.59am – The captains are in the middle for the toss.

9.48am – The covers are coming off now. Fingers crossed, we can still get a start on time.

9.33am – Both sets of players are warming up, and it’s not raining. But it seems like the threat of thunder and lightning may be the reason the covers remain in place.

8.55am – Good morning from Cardiff, where the weather isn’t looking too clever as things stand. There was a bit of rain in the air on the walk into the ground, and we have been greeted by the scene of the ground-staff putting more covers on rather than taking any off.

It’s not raining hard by any stretch, but it may be they know something we don’t about what’s to come.

In theory, we are due to get going at 10.30am. In practice, it may be something different.

Yorkshire are bidding for a second successive victory after last week’s success against Derbyshire at Scarborough. This is the first of three remaining games.

Looking at the Division Two table, this is a game Glamorgan have to win if they are to keep alive their slim hopes of promotion. Even a win is not likely to be enough. This is their penultimate game, and they are 31 points behind sec0nd-placed Worcestershire. It will be fascinating to see how they approach this game with that in mind. Result pitch, aggressive cricket, a weird and wonderful declaration somewhere? We shall see.

It’s a busy old day in Yorkshire Cricket circles. The Northern Diamonds face a must win Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy clash not too far from here at Taunton against the Western Storm. Hollie Armitage’s side are bidding to keep alive their title defence.

At Kibworth in Leicestershire, Yorkshire’s Academy are in the ECB Under 18s County T20 Cup Finals Day. They face Northamptonshire this morning for the right to face Surrey in this afternoon’s final. We shall keep you updated with both of those fixtures.

If you want to read our preview for this game, with James Wharton, you can do so via the link below.

JAMES WHARTON 

There should be a live stream available of today’s action from Cardiff via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page  shortly before play gets going. Enjoy the day.

 

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