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Gary Ballance

“I don’t know if I’m doing anything different, but I’ve started the season as well as any I can remember.

“Getting a score in our first game and getting the confidence from playing on a nice pitch down in Hampshire was massive, and I’ve managed to build on that.

“It’s always good to score runs, but to do it when it’s helping to put the team in a good position in matches is especially pleasing.

“We started the day well by winning the first hour, which we knew would be very important, and fortunately me and Jack [Leaning] put together a decent partnership after that.

“Jack really got stuck in and batted really well. It was an important knock for us.

“We knew we had to win that first session, and that then put us into a really good position in the match. The heavy roller took the sting out of the pitch and helped us get through the first hour.

“I think we saw in the four overs Duanne bowled tonight that he’s a quality international bowler. He’s showed what he can do in this game, and we’ll be leaning on him tomorrow and over the next few months for sure.

“He’s a really nice bloke, chilled and relaxed off the field, but once he’s out in the middle he surely means business. He likes to bowl quick and likes the odd bumper, as Kent have found out.”

Close Kent are in bother at 34-3 chasing 384. Ballance with 159, Leaning 69, Coad with 35 and two wickets the stars.

6.19pm Renshaw gone! What a delivery from Coad. Two stumps out of the ground – middle and off. It’s 30-3 in the penultimate over of the day

6.07pm Yorkshire on the charge. Coad traps Crawley lbw. It’s 19-2.

5.54pm Dickson caught at short-leg off Olivier. Ducked his first ball which didn’t get up and was hit on the arm. Next ball, he’s caught at short-leg. 3-1.

5.04pm Patterson bowled – two in the over for Claydon. 416-8.

5pm Bresnan has been bowled by Claydon for 23 as Yorkshire fall to 416-7, a lead of 330. We are inside the final 20 overs of the day. I would guess Yorkshire would want 10 overs of bowling tonight if it ends up being their decision and they’re not bowled out. Bess 26 and Patterson yet to get off the mark.

3.58pm Tea-time around the grounds courtesy of the ECB Reporters Network.

Essex v Nottinghamshire (Chelmsford)

Essex won by 8 wickets

Simon Harmer, with his ninth five-wicket Championship haul in just over two years, helped spin Essex to an eight-wicket victory.
The South African off-spinner finished with 6 for 60 and has taken 18 wickets in three matches this season. Sir Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 40 as Essex knocked off their target of 105.

Somerset v Surrey (Taunton)

Lewis Gregory made an unbeaten 129 as Somerset took a first innings lead of 18. Batting again, Surrey are 34 for 2.

Kent v Yorkshire (Canterbury)

Gary Ballance has continued his excellent early-season form with his third Championship hundred as Yorkshire build a substantial lead. The left-hander scored 159 with Yorkshire leading by 284 with five second-innings wickets in hand at tea.

Warwickshire v Hampshire (Edgbaston)

Dominic Sibley scored a century for the sixth successive first-class match to help Warwickshire avoid the follow on. Ollie Soames then made 62 on his Championship debut as Hampshire stretched their lead to 346 at tea.


Glamorgan v Gloucestershire (Newport)

Following on 213 behind and with skipper Chris Cooke sidelined by an ankle injury, Glamorgan have made a better fist of things in their second innings. Nick Selman is 83 not out with the home side only 18 in arrears with nine second-innings wickets left.

Middlesex v Leicestershire (Lord’s)

After taking a first-innings lead of 81, Middlesex slumped to 114 for 8 in their second innings with Tom Taylor and Chris Wright taking three wickets each.

Worcestershire v Durham (Worcester)

Worcestershire took a first-innings lead of 117 after being bowled out for 390. In their second innings Durham are struggling on 106 for 4, still trailing by 11 runs.

Lancashire v Northamptonshire (Old Trafford)

Dane Vilas made 97 and Tom Bailey a career-best 62 before Lancashire were bowled out for 430, a first-innings lead of 215. Northants are 62 for 3 in their second innings with Richard Gleeson picking up his seventh wicket of the match when he removed Northants’ skipper Alex Wakely.

Tea Gary Ballance posted a superb 159 during another dominant session for Yorkshire as they push for a Specsavers County Championship victory over Kent at Canterbury.

Ballance’s fourth hundred in as many four-day matches has anchored Yorkshire’s commanding second-innings 370-5 from 110 overs, which amounts to a lead of 286 with four sessions remaining in the game.

Ballance fell for 159 off 291 balls in the closing stages of the afternoon when he was bowled by Daniel Bell-Drummond.

Kent have struck twice today, with impressive Jack Leaning also falling after lunch for 69, bowled by Matt Milnes. That left Yorkshire at 327-4 in the 95th over and broke a fourth-wicket stand of 188 with Ballance.

When Ballance departed having hit 25 fours, Yorkshire were 361-5 in the 108th over with a lead of 275.

Jonny Tattersall and Tim Bresnan are in the early stages of their innings on 19 and three.

3.38pm Ballance gone! He’s been bowled by Bell-Drummond for a superb 159. Yorkshire 361-5 and lead by 275 as we approach tea.

3.21pm Ballance reaches his 150 off 276 balls. What a player. Yorkshire 344-4, and they lead by 258 with 38.3 overs remaining in the day.

2.50pm Leaning gone! He’s been trapped lbw by Milnes for a fine 69, ending a stand of 188 with Ballance (138). Yorkshire are 327-4, leading by 241.

1.53pm Jack Leaning is on 45 out of Yorkshire’s 272-3, The lead is 186 and Kent have taken the new ball.

Lunch Gary Ballance reached his fourth hundred in as many Specsavers County Championship matches dating back to the end of last season this morning as Yorkshire push for victory over Kent at Canterbury.

The White Rose are in control, despite conceding a first-innings lead of 86.

They have advanced their second innings from 166-3 at the start of day three to 261-3 from 78 overs at lunch, a lead of 175. Ballance has reached 103 not out.

Ballance and Jack Leaning, unbeaten on 40, have batted through the morning without alarm on a pitch which has got better for batting, taking their fourth-wicket partnership to 122.

Whilst pitch conditions have eased from day one, it is likely that Yorkshire more potent attack will still pose problems for Kent’s batsmen later today and tomorrow as they chase a second win in three matches.

Ballance reached his ton off 196 balls with 18 fours to follow Championship hundreds against Worcestershire last September and then Nottinghamshire and Hampshire last month.

12.57pm HUNDRED! Ballance reaches his latest ton off 196 balls with 18×4s. Fabulous. He has 102 out of 261-3.

12.40pm Yorkshire continue to excel on day three. Ballance and Leaning, who have 93 and 35 respectively, have just brought up their century partnership for the fourth wicket. The visitors, at 240-3, lead by 154.

Good news for Will Fraine

12.05pm Yorkshire have added 48 runs in the first hour and five minutes of play today. The score is 214-3, a lead of 128.

Not a bad effort that

11.13am Ballance drives Milnes through square cover for four, the first runs off the bat at the start of day three. Yorkshire 174-3, leading by 88.

Division One

Warwickshire 184-7 v Hampshire 354, Edgbaston
Somerset 243-5 v Surrey 380, Taunton
Kent 296 v Yorkshire 210 and 166-3, Canterbury
Essex 241 v Nottinghamshire 187 and 90-6, Chelmsford

10.42am Around the grounds to start day three….

Division Two

Worcestershire 321-6 v Durham 273, New Road
Middlesex 349 v Leicestershire 257-9, Lord’s
Lancashire 276-6 v Northamptonshire 230, Old Trafford
Glamorgan 241-8 v Gloucestershire 463, Newport

Good morning from Canterbury. It’s another lovely morning.

Yorkshire enjoyed an exceptional final two sessions of day two to put themselves in healthy shape at 166-3 in their second innings, leading by 80.

The pitch seems to have slowed up a bit and the bounce got lower, but Ben Coad was saying last night that’s there still enough in it for the bowlers.

Gary Ballance will begin the day on 57 with Jack Leaning for company on 11.

We start at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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