“It sounds quite good (150 to his name).
“Obviously I’m really pleased, but relieved more than anything. Last game and in the first innings here, I didn’t really do a huge amount. So it’s nice to contribute.
“I seem to have done alright here in the past.
“The way Mala, firstly, batted this morning helped a lot and then Brooky came in and did what wanted. That helped me with my business, just milking it around.
“It’s still a very good pitch. That’s why, after tea, we thought, we’d need an extra 50 runs as quickly as we could.
“There’s not a huge amount of seam movement or going up and doing. It’s not really spinning. Tomorrow, we have to be really disciplined with our lines and lengths.”
6pm – Close Northants end day three on 56-0 from 24 overs in the face of a victory target of 499. The day belonged to George Hill, who hit a superb maiden first-team century, 151 not out. Congratulations.
5.30pm Final half hour of the day is upon us. Northants’ openers Vasconcelos and Young have held firm impressively so far, moving to 40-0 with eight overs remaining in the day. Patterson and Bess have taken up the attack.
5.05pm Yorkshire still searching for the breakthrough with nine overs completed in the Northants’ second innings. They are 24-0 with Vasconcelos and Young together. Rauf continues.
4.42pm We’re in the fourth of 23 overs remaining in the day. Northants are 2-0 as Thompson and Rauf steam in with the new ball.
4.20pm Yorkshire have declared to set Northants 499 to win. 406-3 with Hill 151 and Brook 77. Outstanding stuff. An hour and a half’s bowling tonight.
4.17pm 150 for Hill. 244 balls. This has been excellent. 404-3 and a lead of 496.
4.12pm Shot a ball stuff now, certainly from Brook, who has hit three sixes since tea and has moved to 76. At 399-3, the lead is 491. Hill 147.
4pm Back up and running after tea, with Yorkshire still batting. 360-3 and a lead of 452.
Tea Report George Hill posted his maiden hundred as a Yorkshire first-team cricketer during the third afternoon against Northamptonshire, as the county push for another LV= Insurance County Championship victory.
Brilliant Hill, 21, has helped Yorkshire move to tea at Wantage Road with a lead of 452 at 360-3 in 91 overs.
The all-rounder was 58 at lunch and advanced to a 200-ball hundred during the second half of the afternoon on a ground where he scored his maiden first-class fifty last year.
He completed a third-wicket partnership of 157 with Dawid Malan, the only man to fall since lunch – for 75 – when he slog swept the off-spin of Rob Keogh out to deep mid-wicket.
That left Yorkshire at 258-3 in the 73rd over of the innings.
Since then, Hill and Harry Brook have shared 102 unbroken.
Brook hit four successive boundaries off Simon Kerrigan on the way to his fifty, off 53 balls.
He has now gone beyond 50 in all four of his innings this summer.
In fact, today, all four Yorkshire batters to who have spent time at the crease, Adam Lyth, Malan, Hill and Brook, have all passed 50.
The declaration won’t be far away, potentially even at tea.
3.41pm – Tea Brilliant performance so far today from Yorkshire, who have 360-3 and a lead of 452. Brook 53 and Hill 131. They have shared 102 and counting, though it would be no surprise to see the declaration come now.
3.40pm Brook passes fifty for the fourth time in as many innings this season. 53 balls with 7×4s. 356-3 and a lead of 448.
2.58pm HUNDRED! George Hill posts his maiden first-class hundred, in fact his first as a first-team cricketer. Outstanding. 200 balls with 8×4s and 1×6s. Yorkshire 288-3 and a lead of 380.
2.25pm WICKET Malan caught at deep mid-wicket slog sweeping against Keogh, 75, ending a superb 157 partnership with Hill, who remains unbeaten on 84. 258-3 and a lead of 350.
2.19pm 44 runs in 14 overs, all accrued without a boundary, since lunch. Runs coming easily but not rapidly. 251-2 and a lead of 343. Hill 80 and Malan 73. 150 stand.
2pm Plenty of boundary riders now for Northants as Keogh and Kerrigan continue. Runs coming easily. 231-2 and a lead of 323.
1.48pm Early stages of the afternoon session, which has started under the floodlights. Yorkshire are 219-2, a lead of 310. Hill 62 and Malan 57. Northants have employed the spin of Keogh and Kerrigan at the start of the afternoon.
Lunch Report Unbeaten duo George Hill and Dawid Malan have both scored proactive half-centuries to enable Yorkshire to impressively build their lead during the third morning at Wantage Road.
Yorkshire are chasing a second successive victory to start their LV= Insurance County Championship campaign, against Northamptonshire, and are superbly placed to do so having reached lunch at 207-2 with a lead of 299.
The visitors started day three on 85-1 and have only lost opener Adam Lyth for 53, caught behind trying to cut Australian seamer Matt Kelly.
Hill and Malan have since shared a century partnership for the third wicket and have done so in extremely positive fashion.
Hill did not let former England left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan settle, using his feet nicely against him.
He lofted him over long-on for his only six to add to six boundaries in a 102-ball fifty, secured inside the session’s final half hour.
Malan pulled, cut and drove boundaries as he followed Hill to the same milestone with the final ball off the session, off 57 balls with five fours.
Yorkshire scored 122 runs in 33 overs this morning.
1.01pm – Lunch Excellent morning for Yorkshire, who advance from 85-1 to 207-2. Malan has followed Hill to a fifty, off 57 balls. Reached with the last ball of the session. Super stuff. The lead is 299, with Hill 58.
12.37pm Hill just hasn’t let spinner Kerrigan settle at this morning. Played him very well. The left-arm spinner has switched ends and first ball back, Hill shimmies down track and drives him for three. Now he reaches a fifty, off 102 balls with 6×4s and 1×6s. Well batted. 185-2, a lead of 278.
12.27pm Yorkshire are enjoying a very productive morning. 178-2 and leading by 270 with half an hour still to go to lunch. 93 runs so far. Hill has 45 and Malan 35.
12.12pm Hill has just hoisted the left-arm spin of Kerrigan over long-on for six. Great shot. He then picks him off for four two balls later, moving to 30. Yorkshire are 154-2 with a lead of 246.
As I was typing long-on autocorrect changed it to London.
So the sentence could have read: “Hill has just hoisted the left-arm spin of Kerrigan over London for six.” Now that would have been a big hit!!
11.49am We are still playing under overcast skies at Northampton. Malan greets the introduction of Berg into the attack with a pulled boundary, moving to 21. Yorkshire have advanced to 127-2, with the lead now at 219. Hill has 12.
11.25am WICKET Lyth caught behind cutting at Kelly for 53. Yorkshire 101-2, leading by 193. Bit of extra bounce seemed to undo him.
11.16am Lyth reaches his second fifty in as many matches, off 81 balls with 8×4s. The latest boundary, flashed uppishly wide of slips off Kelly (never a chance) got him to his milestone. Yorkshire now 98-1 with a lead of 190.
11.02am The live stream link is on the Northants website.
Live Stream: here.
10.10am Before we get going here, let’s have a look at the state of play around the circuit.
Kent 305 v Hampshire 337-4, Canterbury
Lancashire 289-3 v Gloucestershire 252, Old Trafford
Surrey 204-5 v Somerset 337, Oval
Warwickshire 385 v Essex 168 and 0-1, Edgbaston
Durham 230 v Nottinghamshire 371-3, Riverside
Glamorgan 122 and 104-6 v Middlesex 336, Sophia Gardens
Leicestershire 213 v Derbyshire 437-4, Grace Road
Worcestershire 491 v Sussex 169-5, New Road
9.35am If you want to recap the day’s play yesterday, here’s the links to the match report and the piece with Matthew Revis.
Match Report here.
Matthew Revis here.
**Good morning from Wantage Road, where it is another overcast and chilly morning ahead of day three against Northants.
Yorkshire will start it in control, leading by 177 with nine second-innings wickets in hand.
We are 85-1 having earlier yesterday claimed a first-innings lead of 92.
There were some excellent performances during day two, none more so than Matthew Revis with three wickets and a superb catch.
But key to Yorkshire’s push towards a declaration is the man below. Adam Lyth will resume this morning unbeaten on 41 with George Hill, the latter who came in just before close last night.