MATCH CENTRE 

5.49pm – Play has been abandoned for the day here.

5.31pm – WICKET! Coad miscues Davis to wide mid-on, where Hill takes the catch. It’s 155-9. And we’re off for bad light after one more ball. 155-9 in the 39th over.

5.20pm – WICKET! Mike bowled by Davis, 25. 147-8 in the 37th over. Coad in to join Thompson, who is yet to get off the mark.

5.12pm – WICKET! Revis edges Currie behind, 20. We’ve fallen to 147-7 in the 36th over. Jordan Thompson in now to join Mike, who has 25.

5.10pm – There’s a crucial partnership developing between Revis 20 and Mike 21. They have taken the score to 143-6 in the 35th over.

4.45pm – WICKET! Tattersall caught at first slip off Scriven, 6. It’s 112-6 in the 30th over. Ben Mike in to join Revis, who has 10.

4.24pm – WICKET! Masood lbw by Wright in the first full over of the evening for 34. We’re 98-5 in the 25th. Matthew Revis in to join Jonny Tattersall.

4.05pm – Tea Report Fin Bean went beyond 1,000 runs in the LV= Insurance County Championship in only his 15th career appearance as he contributed 40 to Yorkshire’s unsettled start to their penultimate round clash with Leicestershire at the Uptonsteel County Ground, Grace Road. 

Rain and high winds delayed the start of this contest until 2.20pm, and Yorkshire were invited to bat on a green pitch which hasn’t looked as difficult to bat on as you may think.

Bean and opening partner Adam Lyth shared 45 for the first wicket before both falling as Yorkshire reached tea on 96-4 in the 24th of 54 overs.

Lyth was sharply caught at third slip by a diving Louis Kimber off Scott Currie before Bean edged Will Davis behind to Ben Cox, leaving the hosts at 79-2 after 17.

Bean’s 40 took him to 898 Championship runs for the season.

The 21-year-old debuted at the end of last season and has made a superb start to life at the top of Yorkshire’s order.

He came into this match with 996 career runs to his name and quickly reached 1,000 at the start of play. 

To put it into context, he has reached 1,000 Championship runs quicker than Yorkshire greats Herbert Sutcliffe (19 matches), Geoff Boycott (22) and Len Hutton (25).

James Wharton also fell before tea when he was bowled for one trying to leave alone Davis before George Hill edged Tom Scriven behind for the same score with what proved the last ball of the afternoon. 

Captain Shan Masood has started confidently and will begin the evening on 34.

4.02pm – WICKET! Hill caught behind off Scriven, 1. That’s 96-4 in the 24th over and tea.

3.50pm – WICKET! Wharton bowled attempting to leave Davis alone, 1. It’s 91-3 in the 21st over. George Hill comes in to join Masood, who has 30.

3.31pm – WICKET! Bean has been caught behind off Davis for 40. It’s 79-2 after 17 overs. James Wharton in to join Masood, who has 23.

3.29pm – Shan Masood has started confidently. He has 23 of 79-1 in the 17th over. Bean 40. Nothing untoward from the pitch so far.

3.10pm – WICKET! Lyth smartly caught high to his right at third slip by Kimber off Currie for 16. We’re 45-1 in the 12th over. Shan Masood joins Bean, 29, at the crease.

2.50pm – Fin Bean, upon reaching four in this innings, reached 1,000 runs in his County Championship career in only his 15th appearance. In comparison to some of the Yorkshire greats, he stands up favourably. Sutcliffe 19 matches, Boycott 22 and Hutton 25. That’s come from statistician Paul Dyson. Bean has 19 of 31-0.

4.48pm – Bean and Lyth have played a gorgeous shot apiece in the last couple of overs, Bean’s a push down the ground off Scriven and Lyth’s a cover drive. We’re 29-0 in the seventh over. Lyth 12, Bean 17.

2.34pm – Yorkshire have moved to 12-0 after four overs. Bean has a couple of boundaries to his name, one flicked off his hips and the other edged through the slips. The pitch is incredibly green.

2.19pm – The players are out in the middle. Adam Lyth will be facing Chris Wright. Fin Bean is Lyth’s opening partner.

2.12pm – We’ll actually be getting going at 2.20pm now.

2.01pm – The new plan is for a 2.30pm start and 54 overs to be bowled in the day.

1.53pm – The covers are coming off again, and the umpires are out there inspecting.

1.36pm – The ground-staff are putting the full covers back on now as the rain falls steadily.

1.28pm – Play looks likely to be delayed again. Rain is sweeping across the ground.

1.18pm – There is a touch of rain in the air. The cut strip is back under cover, but players continue to warm up.

1.09pm – Yorkshire team: Lyth, Bean, Masood c, Wharton, Hill, Tattersall w, Revis, Mike, Thompson, Cliff, Coad.

1.01pm – Leicestershire have won the toss and will bowl, starting at 1.40pm.

12.39pm – There has been a further delay here at Grace Road. The plan is now for the toss to take place at 12.55pm.

12.02pm – The current scene at Grace Road. Picture by John Heald.

Grace Road

11.44am – Update on start time. It will be 12.55pm.

11.37am – There is no play in three Division Two fixtures at Derbyshire, here and at Worcestershire. In Division One, play has started in the south of the country at Essex, Middlesex and Surrey. Lancashire and Somerset, who are both hosting games, have yet to get going.

11.25am – We are due to be starting at 1pm here at Grace Road. 76 overs remaining in the day.

10.59am – One of the small sheets has been removed from the edge of the square, but nothing else at present.

10.30am – Just had word that the ground-staff are struggling to get the covers off due to high winds here at Grace Road. There is a bit more rain due, and if they did get them off then they may struggle to get them on again. Those in charge are more hopeful of play this afternoon.

10.14am – There will be a further inspection at 10.45am here in Leicester.

9.49am – The rain looks to have stopped, and the umpires – Bainton and Pratt – are out there having a chat to the groundsman. A 10.30am start is unlikely, but hopefully it won’t be long afterwards.

9.17am – And now it’s raining. The covers have been brought on and the players have scurried back inside the pavilion.

9.10am – Good morning from the Uptonsteel County Ground, Grace Road, where it’s currently overcast but dry. The suggestion is that we will see a bit of rain throughout today, and later this week. But, as things stand, we’re on course for a 10.30am start.

Threats to that are obviously rain but also bad light. That’s not amazing at present. But the floodlights are yet to be turned on.

The covers are hovering close by just in case the rain comes. Fingers crossed not. The players are out in the middle warming up.

Leicestershire are a county basking in the glory of winning the Metro Bank One-Day Cup at the weekend, beating Hampshire in the final at Trent Bridge – their first title since 2011.

They could yet overhaul second-placed Worcestershire for Championship promotion. But they have to win this week to have any chance. Even that may not be enough given the gap is 21 points with two games remaining.

Yorkshire, on the other hand, are searching for win number three this season to elevate them off the bottom of Division Two. They would achieve that with victory given the gap to Gloucestershire, who don’t play this week, is 14 points.

You can read our preview to this match with Ottis Gibson. That is linked below.

OTTIS GIBSON

There will be a live stream available once we get going this morning. That should be available via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page. Enjoy the day.

 

 

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