Harry Brook reviews day two at Bristol

“I think we bowled very well yesterday. After they had a decent partnership, to bowl them out for 227 was a really good effort when they were about 150-3.

“Then, to be able to back it up today was really good.

“I was timing it well until I got to 99 and then didn’t time one for five overs!

“It’s a good pitch, but there’s still quite a bit in it for the bowlers. There’s a little bit of bounce and seam with the new ball. If we get the ball in the right areas, we’re definitely in the game.

“I’m not to trying to think about that at all (England). I’m just trying to score as many runs as I can for Yorkshire and see how far we can get.”

6.28pm – Close Fisher has been caught behind off van Buuren’s spin in the final over. 334-8 in the 111th. Players walk off. 107 lead. Thompson 31 not out and Brook’s 101 the standout performance. Really positive day.

6.13pm Five overs remaining. Yorkshire 328-7, leading by 101. Thompson 25 and Fisher 2.

6.09pm We have eight overs remaining in the day and seven overs left in which to accrue bonus points. So this is unlikely to be a day which ends quietly. Yorkshire, 317-7 from 103 overs, need 33 more runs for a fourth batting point. Thompson 17 and Fisher 1.

5.50pm WICKET Brook falls, played on to Shaw, for 101. 308-7 in the 101st over. Great way to start the season for the 23-year-old. 81 lead.

5.40pm HUNDRED! Brook reaches his fifth career first-class century, off 161 balls with 11×4s and 1×6s. Fabulous knock, though not without fortune having just been dropped in the slips on 99. Yorkshire 298-6 after 98, 71 ahead.

5.33pm WICKET Bess has edged Shaw behind to Bracey for 36. Yorkshire 297-6, with Brook still there on 99. We’re in the 97th over, and we have 14 remaining in the day. So bonus points will be completed today. 350 a realistic aim from here for a fourth point. Thompson in.

4.33pm Gloucestershire have taken the new ball, but Yorkshire are continuing to advance nicely. 244-5 in the 83rd over, a lead of 17. Brook 79 and Bess 8.

Tea Report Harrys Brook and Duke shared a crucial 91-run partnership for the fifth wicket as Yorkshire secured a first-innings lead on the stroke of tea on day three against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Yorkshire have gone into the break, replying to 227, at 239-5 from 79 overs, including an unbeaten 78 for Brook.

The visitors lost two wickets in the afternoon.

Dawid Malan chopped on to leg-stump for 39 in the 45th over of the innings, bowled by the seamer Ajeet Singh Dale. That left Yorkshire at 135-4.

At that stage, Yorkshire trailed by 92 with the game firmly in the balance.

However, Brook and Duke have put it firmly in Yorkshire’s favour with a stand of 91 inside 30 overs.

Brook reached a half-century off 84 balls and has since advanced to his unbeaten 78, while Duke added an important 34 before edging Pakistan left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar behind late in the session as the score fell to 226-5 in the 74th.

Brook, with the help of Dom Bess, will be looking to build on the lead after tea.

If Gloucestershire are to fight back, they will need to make use of the new ball, which is due almost immediately at the start of the evening session.

3.57pm – Tea Very productive session for Yorkshire, who have advanced from 129-3 to 238-5, claiming the lead by 11 runs. Brook has 77 and Bess 4. Wickets of Malan and Duke in the session for 39 and 34. 79 overs bowled, so new ball available just after tea.

3.37pm WICKET Oh no, Duke is caught behind trying to guide left-arm spinner Gohar down through gully or backward point. Falls for a very important 34, sharing 91 with Brook (69). 226-5. Yorkshire one run behind.

3.23pm Yorkshire have moved to 218-4, including Brook’s unbeaten 61. He reached his fifty off 84 balls a short time ago and has played superbly. Harry Duke doing an excellent job at the other end. He has 34.

3.11pm Yorkshire advancing nicely. 203-4, first batting point in the bag, and Brook and Duke, with 47 and 33, have shared 68 for the fifth wicket. The county are now only 24 runs in arrears.

2.45pm As we look out from the press box here at the Seat Unique Stadium, we can see above the houses into the distance. And part of that landscape is the Memorial Stadium, the home of Bristol Rovers FC.

They have a big game in League Two today against fellow promotion chasers Salford City. We can see one of the stands filling up nicely ahead of kick off in 15 minutes.

2.44pm Fairly quiet passage of play at present as Brook and Duke look to steady the ship following the departure of Malan. And they’re doing a good job. 167-6, with Brook 30 and Duke 14. 60 deficit.

2.01pm Phew! Brook (18) is nearly run out as he guides a ball which bursts through slips. Sets off for one, but Duke turns it down. Throw misses stumps with Brook three quarters way down the pitch, and he manages to scramble back before second throw comes in from mid-on. 146-4.

1.50pm WICKET Early stages of the afternoon and Malan’s bowled by Dale, looked like a play on to leg stump, 39. 135-4 in the 45th. Duke in to join Brook, who has 14.

1.34pm Darren Gough has been speaking about Joe Root’s resignation as England Test captain and his potential return to Yorkshire action in the coming weeks.

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Lunch Report Adam Lyth posted Yorkshire’s first half-century of the season, but he fell inside the final 15 minutes of the second morning against Gloucestershire at Bristol as the visitors moved to 129-3 at lunch.

Yorkshire started day two of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture on 37-0, replying to a first-innings 227, and have lost George Hill for three, debutant James Wharton for four and Lyth for 52.

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