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Joe Root

“It was important that we got a couple of really good partnerships, and it gave us a chance to dictate terms towards the back end of the day.

“It was obviously brilliant to finish off with a couple of wickets.

“Hopefully we can build on that tomorrow morning, get a couple more and drive home what would be a very good, ruthless performance.

“Lythy’s in cracking form, and he’s played lovely all season. Let’s be honest, he saved us in the last game almost single-handedly. That was a brilliant innings.

“In the first innings here, he looked like he was batting on a completely different wicket to the rest of the guys. He was hitting the ball so fluently.

“It’s great to see him in that form.

“Brooky, as well, he’s hitting the ball so fluently. It’s a joy to watch him bat at the minute.

“He’s got a slightly new technique as well, and he looks like he’s got so much time and is hitting the ball so hard. It’s really impressive to see.”

On Sussex: “I am available, and hopefully (there will be some more appearances after that). But I don’t know when they’ll be just yet.”

6.51pm – Close Fabulous day for Yorkshire, who set Kent 445 to win and have reduced them to 33-2 from 12 overs. Hundreds for Lyth and Root in the second innings and wickets for Willey and Thompson.

6.44pm WICKET Thompson gets Crawley caught at second slip by Lyth, 4. Kent 33-2 with 11 balls of the day remaining.

6.13pm WICKET Cox bowled by an in-swinging yorker from Willey. 13-1

5.56pm And Yorkshire have declared to set Kent 445 to win in a minimum of 108 overs, 12 of them to bowl tonight. Thompson bowled by Denly to wrap up innings. Brook 66 not out off 57. Now for some wickets please.

5.41pm HUNDRED for Root off 138 balls follows Brook’s fifty off 53. Seven fours. Yorkshire 314-3, leading by 428 with almost 17 overs remaining.

And he’s been bowled by Denly for 101. Thompson comes to the crease.

5.36pm Yorkshire 299-3 and lead by 413. Brook 46 and Root 96. 18 overs remaining.

5.18pm Acceleration from Brook and Root as Yorkshire move to 261-3 in the 66th. The lead is 375. Brook 26 and Root 83.

4.55pm WICKET Lyth drives Milnes chest high to Cox at cover, falling for a superb 116. Yorkshire are now 218-3 in the 59th over with a lead of 332. Brook joins Root, who has 66. That has ended a stand of 119 between Lyth and Root.

4.41pm Root has gone to 50, off 84 balls with 4×4s. Typically composed. Excellent. 202-2 now, and the lead is 316.

4.31pm Yorkshire’s lead is now 305 at 191-2 in the 53rd over. Lyth 110 and Root 45. With 37.1 overs remaining in the day, is now the time for the visitors to accelerate and have 10-15 overs with the ball tonight?

4.08pm The players are on their way back out to the middle to begin the evening session. Yorkshire 171-2, leading by 285. 43 overs to be bowled in the day.

Tea Report Centurion Adam Lyth and Joe Root batted unbroken through the shortened afternoon session on day three as Yorkshire move towards a lead of 300 against Kent at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Yorkshire advanced their second innings from 113-2 from 30 overs to 171-2 from 47, a lead of 285.

The game has been paused between 2.50pm and 4.10pm so as not to coincide with the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, with tea taken within that break.

In moving from 75 at lunch to 101 not out at tea, Lyth has posted his second century in three innings after his 115 not out against Glamorgan last weekend.

He reached his 26th first-class career hundred off 142 balls with 13 fours minutes before the end of the session.

Root’s 36 not out also represents his highest score in four LV= Insurance County Championship innings this season.

There are 43 overs left to be bowled in the day.

2.51pm We pause in play, with Yorkshire 171-2, leading by 285. Lyth 101 and Root 35. 43 overs to be bowled from 4.10pm.

2.48pm HUNDRED! Fabulous innings as Lyth gets there off 142 balls with 13×4s, the latest a dab to third-man fence. Yorkshire 169-2, leading by 283.

2.38pm Just over 10 minutes to go until we take a pause in proceedings. Yorkshire 161-2 in the 44th over, leading by 275. Lyth is on 94.

2.07pm Yorkshire advancing slowly but surely in the early stages of the afternoon. 130-2 and a lead of 244. We have 54 overs remaining in the day. Lyth on 84 and Root 13.

1.40pm Play about to resume in this shortened afternoon session. We will play to 2.50pm before pausing for an hour and 20 minutes as a mark of respect for the late HRH Prince Philip, whose funeral takes place at 3pm.

Yorkshire 113-2, leading by 227.

Lunch Report Adam Lyth continued his fabulous start to 2021 by passing 50 for the sixth time in as many innings as Yorkshire strengthened their position during the third morning against Kent at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Leading by 120 at the start of the day – at 6-0 from two overs in their second innings – Yorkshire have since advanced to 113-2 from 30, a lead of 227.

The first of the two wickets to fall came when Tom Kohler-Cadmore edged Grant Stewart’s seam to first slip, falling for three, as the visitors slipped to 24-1 in the sixth over – the fourth of the day.

But Lyth, strong on the drive again as he was in scoring 97 in the first innings, has moved to an unbeaten 75.

In reaching 36, he became the first player in this season’s LV= Insurance County Championship to reach 300 runs and went on to post his fifty in 59 balls, including seven fours.

Tom Loten made 21 before he was trapped lbw by Matt Milnes inside the final 15 minutes of the morning, leaving the score at 99-2 in the 27th over.

Joe Root will begin the afternoon session unbeaten on five.

1.02pm – Lunch Yorkshire 113-2 after 30 overs, leading by 227. Lyth 75 and Root 5.

12.50pm WICKET Loten has been trapped lbw Milnes for 21. Yorkshire are 99-2, leading by 213. Root comes in to join Lyth on 66.

12.42pm Just over 15 minutes to go before lunch, and Yorkshire’s lead now sits at 210. 96-1 after 25 overs. Lyth 65 and Loten 19.

12.22pm Lyth’s latest fifty comes off 59 balls with 7×4s. That’s six in six innings in both Championship and friendly cricket this summer. Yorkshire 74-1. Lyth looks in great touch, circa 2014.

12.01pm Great start to the season for Lythy

Yorkshire 57-1, leading by 171. In reaching 36, Lyth has become first batsman to reach 300 runs in this season’s County Championship

11.55am Yorkshire 50-1, leading by 164, and it’s largely been quiet progress this morning. Lyth has 29 and Loten 13.

11.30am Yorkshire 31-1 in the ninth over, leading by 145. As I type, Loten picks up a boundary to third-man off Milnes.

11.17am WICKET Ah, Kohler-Cadmore edges Stewart to first slip and goes for 3. 24-1, a lead of 138. Loten joins Lyth (19) at the crease.

11.01am Lyth boundary down to wide third-man off Milnes two balls into the day takes Yorkshire to 10-0 and their lead to 124 in the early stages of the second innings.

10.20am Amusing quote from Steve Patterson last night after getting his mate Jack Leaning out on day two.

“I don’t think I could have kept a straight face had Jack stayed in for very long! So I was pleased to get him.”

Good morning from Canterbury.

The sun is shining, and it is a lovely morning despite the obvious chill in the air.

Yorkshire are firmly on top in this game, and a good couple of sessions worth of batting today will ensure a win is in sight.

We are playing to different timings on day three so as not to clash with HRH Prince Philip’s funeral at 3pm. There will be no play between 2.50pm and 4.10pm, but we do play on until 6.30pm or whenever the allotted number of overs are bowled.

In an ideal world, you would suspect that Yorkshire will want an hour’s worth of bowling tonight.

They will begin the day on 6-0 in their second innings, leading by 120.

We get gong at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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