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“It looked a good pitch this morning. I was slightly concerned when it became overcast and started drizzling (20 minutes before play). But I thought we applied ourselves well.?“Lythy set the tone, and we finished the day with a good score. Hopefully we can kick on tomorrow. It gives us a chance.

“I’m disappointed for Lythy because I thought he deserved a hundred. He looked in excellent touch again and carried on from last week. It was the same with Harry Brook.

“We knew it was going to do a bit with the new ball, but Kent probably didn’t put it in the right areas for long enough.

“But we cashed in really well. Every time they missed their line, we were excellent.”

6.36pm – Close Healthy day for Yorkshire as they reach 358-8 from 100 overs, including 97 for Lyth. Swung this way and that, but back to the White Rose late on thanks to unbeaten Patterson and Willey on 34 and 25.

6.13pm Yorkshire ending the day as they started it. Excellent partnership of 47 and counting between Willey (21) and Patterson (26). They have taken the score to 346-8 in the 96th.

5.39pm WICKET Thompson gone! He’s been caught behind off Stevens for 34, and Yorkshire are 299-8 in the 86th.

5.32pm WICKET Bess trapped lbw by Stevens for 36, leaving Yorkshire at 292-7 in the 84th, ending a stand of 52 with Thompson, who has 28. Willey joins him at the crease. 550 first-class wickets for Stevens, who keeps going and going and going and going.

5.19pm Kent have taken the new ball, and Bess and Thompson – 36 and 24 respectively – have taken their stand to 48. Yorkshire are 288-6 in the 82nd.

4.53pm Yorkshire 274-6 in the 75th over. New ball due shortly, and it’s going to be a pretty important final hour’s play. Bess 32 and Thompson 17.

4.31pm Early stages of the evening, and Yorkshire are 253-6 in the 68th, having just secured batting point number two. Bess 21 and Thompson 7.

Tea report Yorkshire’s position of strength was significantly eroded by the loss of four afternoon wickets on day one versus Kent at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

On the opening day of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture, Yorkshire had reached lunch on 128-2 from 30 overs. But they have only been able to reach tea at 240-6 from 64 overs, losing Joe Root for 11, Adam Lyth for 97 and Harry Brook for 54 along the way.

Root was the first to go, caught behind off seamer Matt Milnes – 143-3 in the 35th – before Lyth also edged the same bowler behind in the 39th, leaving Yorkshire at 150-4.

At that stage, wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson had all four catches.

Brook and Jonny Tattersall then settled things with a 69-run partnership, which the former dominated on the way to a 72-ball fifty.

But the pair were the next two to fall. Brook was lbw to West Indian quick Miguel Cummins (219-5 in the 57th over) and Tattersall was then caught at slip off Jack Leaning’s off-spin on the stroke of tea.

It was Leaning’s very first ball against his former county.

That left Yorkshire at 240-6 in the 63rd over. Dom Bess will begin the evening on 15 and Jordan Thompson on nought.

Kent new ball seamer Harry Podmore left the field midway through the session clutching his abdominal region following the end of his 10th over.

3.57pm – Tea Yorkshire lose four wickets in the session, reaching 240-6 from 64 overs. Bess 15 and Thompson 0.

3.52pm WICKET Would you believe it. Tattersall caught at slip off Jack Leaning’s first ball, 11. Yorkshire 240-6 in the 63rd over.

3.30pm WICKET Brook lbw Cummins for 54. Yorkshire 219-5 in the 57th.

3.28pm An interesting score from elsewhere. Champions Essex have been bowled out for 96 by Durham at Chelmsford. Durham 11-0 in reply.

3.22pm Brook reaches his fifty off 72 balls with 8×4s. Excellent. Yorkshire 213-4 in the 55th.

3.12pm Harry Podmore has just pulled up after bowling the last ball of his 10th over and has left the field clutching his abdominal region. Looks quite a bad one on first glance as he left the field wincing in pain and gasping for breath. Yorkshire 204-4 in. the 53rd over.

2.51pm Things looking rosy – white, of course – again for Yorkshire after those two wickets in 15 minutes or so. Brook and Tattersall have moved the score to 198-4 in the 48th over. Brook has 40 and Tattersall 2.

2.15pm WICKET Oh no. Lyth edges Milnes behind to fall for 97, leaving Yorkshire at 150-4 in the 39th over. Tattersall joins Brook at the crease.

1.59pm WICKET Early afternoon disappointment for Root as he feels for one outside off-stump and edges Milnes behind for 11. Yorkshire 143-3 in the 35th.

1.45pm Yorkshire are now 134-2 after 31 overs – one bowled this afternoon. Lyth moves to 87 and Root has 5. Rooty has just called for the long sleeved jumper. It is pretty chilly when the sun goes in.

Lunch Report Adam Lyth’s unbeaten 82 off 86 balls has underpinned a very bright Yorkshire start to their second round LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Kent at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Lyth, in particular, has feasted on some wayward Kent bowling during a nippy Canterbury morning, with the White Rose reaching lunch on 128-2 from 30 overs.

The left-hander has been fed ball after ball for him to drive, and he has not passed up the opportunity after Steve Patterson won the toss.

Yorkshire have hit a total of 20 boundaries in the session, and Lyth has 13 to his name.

Jordan Thompson and David Willey have come into Yorkshire’s side as enforced replacements for injured seamers Ben Coad and Matthew Fisher.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore (14) was caught behind down leg off Darren Stevens as the visitors fell to 28-1 after four overs.

Lyth and second-wicket partner Tom Loten then shared 96, with the latter contributing 27 before he fell in identical fashion to Kohler-Cadmore – this time off Harry Podmore. That left Yorkshire at 124-2 in the 28th over.

In all cricket this summer – Championship and friendlies – Lyth has gone beyond 50 five times in five innings, including reaching his latest milestone off only 43 balls.

Should he reach his century after lunch, it would be his second in succession after his unbeaten 115 in the second innings against Glamorgan on Sunday.

Joe Root will begin the afternoon session unbeaten on two.

1.01pm – Lunch Positive morning for Yorkshire, who reach 128-2 after 30 overs. Lyth 82 and Root 4. Both wickets, Kohler-Cadmore and Loten, strangled down leg-side.

12.53pm WICKET Would you believe it! Loten falls caught behind down leg off Podmore for 27. Yorkshire 124-2 in the 28th over. Both wickets have been proper strangles.

12.35pm Back-to-back boundaries for Lyth off Cummins, second of which was driven and moved him to 70 out of 109-1 after 24. He’s been fed in that area this morning, and that’s a pretty dangerous thing to do as a bowler.

12.19pm Kent have put the brakes on somewhat in the last 20 minutes, through Cummins and Milnes. But the hosts are still under the cosh, with Yorkshire 97-1 after 20 overs. Cummins has just bowled the first maiden. Lyth 60 and Loten 22.

12pm Yorkshire’s fast start has not slowed, having moved to 91-1 in the 15th over. Lyth has just reached a 43-ball fifty, including eight fours. Loten has 20.

11.47am We’ve only just come to the end of the 12th over, and Yorkshire have already scored 12 boundaries in their 70-1, including 47 for Lyth.

11.16am WICKET Kohler-Cadmore has been caught behind down leg off Stevens for 14 – a real strangle. Yorkshire 28-1 after four, and Loten joins Lyth (14) at the crease.

11.05am Racing start for Yorkshire, who are 15-0 after 10 balls from Podmore and Stevens. Lyth has 11 of them.

10.51am Kent are fielding two of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year, announced overnight. Zak Crawley and Darren Stevens. Dom Sibley, Mohammad Rizwan and Jason Holder were the others selected.

10.35am Yorkshire have won the toss and elected to bat first.

Kent: Bell-Drummond c, Cox, Crawley, Denly, Leaning, Robinson w, Stevens, Stewart, Milnes, Podmore, Cummins.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Kohler-Cadmore, Loten, Root, Brook, Tattersall w, Thompson, Bess, Willey, Patterson c, Olivier.

10.30am Just ahead of the toss here, here’s a look at the fixtures elsewhere in the LV= Insurance County Championship this week.

Derbyshire v Worcestershire, County Ground
Essex v Durham, Chelmsford
Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire, Trent Bridge
Hampshire v Middlesex, Ageas Bowl
Somerset v Gloucestershire, Taunton
Surrey v Leicestershire, Oval
Glamorgan v Sussex, Sophia Gardens
Lancashire v Northamptonshire, Old Trafford

10.05am And here are some shots from training yesterday….

10am Here are some interesting quotes from Steve Patterson about the different arrangements Yorkshire are having to make for away trips in the early stages of the season.

The squad are staying down south for the next 10 days or so, with a trip to Sussex scheduled for next week.

The skipper has been speaking to The Yorkshire Post: “We’re all travelling in individual cars now just to try and keep it as safe as possible,” he said.

“With us all testing for Covid a couple of times a week using these lateral flow tests, the last thing you want is somebody testing positive having been in a car for five hours with somebody else because it rules two of them out.

“We’re just trying to take as many precautions as we can. Also, everybody is staying in single rooms now whereas in past years, in normal years, some of the younger lads would room together.

“The other big difference this year is that instead of travelling on the coach the day before the game, we’re all driving down individually two days beforehand, either in the afternoon or evening, so that we can have a good sleep in the next morning, a leisurely morning, and then train in the afternoon.

“It just takes a bit of pressure off in terms of having to be sat in a car for a number of hours.”

Good morning from Canterbury. Or, to give the venue its proper name, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

It is a bright morning. There is a nip in the air, but nothing like we were subjected to last week for the opening round against Glamorgan.

Yorkshire return to a venue where they won in the County Championship in 2019.

This is a Group Three clash with a side who also opened their 2021 account with a draw – away at Northamptonshire – last week.

England batsman Zak Crawley will play for the hosts.

Yorkshire suffered another injury setback ahead of this game with the news that Gary Ballance hasn’t yet fully recovered from concussion and will be unavailable. The hope is that he will be fit for Sussex next week, but it is the type of injury which is difficult to pinpoint an exact return date.

David Willey is expected to come into the side as one of two replacements for injured seamers Ben Coad and Matthew Fisher. The other spot will be filled by either George Hill, Mat Pillans or Jordan Thompson.

We will be underway at 11am, and there will be a live stream available. Enjoy the day.

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