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“I spoke to Ian Gould, who was our umpire last week at Kent, and he said the ball has been flying through here. On the odd occasion, the ball has gone through, but it’s slowed down a bit.
“It’s still a pretty good wicket, but it’s taking spin now.
“It’s the type of wicket where nothing happens for 25 or 30 overs and then you lose a cluster.
“With the older ball, it’s harder to score. But it seems to come on quite well with the new one. There is some seam there.
“It definitely wasn’t a 150 all out wicket, I can tell you that.
“I think anything over 200 would be a tricky chase, I’d imagine. But we have a world-class performer in Gary Ballance and we bat really deep. Hopefully him and Patto can put a partnership on tomorrow, then the field spreads and there’s more runs to come.”
6.09pm – Close Yorkshire back in the hunt for a win, but it’s anybody’s game. Yorkshire 163-5 from 60 overs, leading by 92. Ballance has 36 and Patterson 4. Great finish in prospect.
6.02pm WICKET Tattersall caught at slip off Carson, 8. 157-5 and lead of 86. Two overs remain. Patterson in as nightwatchman to join Ballance on 35.
5.42pm Yorkshire have advanced to 145-4 in the 53rd over, leading by 74. Ballance 24 and Tattersall 7. Just under eight overs to bowl tonight.
5.15pm WICKET Brook caught behind off Garton for 12. Yorkshire 134-4, leading by 63. 16 overs remaining.
4.56pm WICKET Root caught behind off Carson for five. Yorkshire 113-3 after 40 overs, leading by 42. That’s the England captain’s second score of five in the game. Ballance has 12 and Brook has joined him at the crease.
4.27pm WICKET Lyth lbw Robinson 66. Yorkshire 96-2 in the 33rd over, leading by 25. Root joins Ballance at the crease.
4.16pm WICKET Nervy couple of minutes for Yorkshire sees Kohler-Cadmore stumped off Carson’s off-spin for 21, two balls after Lyth was dropped at deep square-leg by 12th man Orr on 63. Yorkshire 90-1 in the 30th over, leading by 19.
Tea Report Yorkshire have impressively repaired the damage of their first-innings 150 all out on day one to give themselves a fabulous chance of victory against Sussex at Hove.
Sussex, starting the day at 118-3 in their reply, were bowled out for 221 during the early stages of the second afternoon – a lead of 71.
But, in reaching tea at 88-0 from 28 overs, the White Rose have turned things around to move to a 17-run lead.
Adam Lyth has underpinned that second-innings total with an unbeaten 62, his fifth score of 50 or more in six Championship innings this season.
A second Group Three victory, after last week’s 200-run triumph at Kent, is now on the cards following four wickets apiece for Duanne Olivier and captain Steve Patterson.
Sussex were 212-8 from 72 overs at lunch, with Patterson bowling Jack Carson for a duck five balls into the afternoon.
And in the 77th over, the skipper wrapped up the innings by getting George Garton brilliantly caught one-handed high to his left at second slip by Tom Kohler-Cadmore, with Patterson claiming figures of 4-26 from 12.3 overs.
Kohler-Cadmore has since impacted things further, batting through the rest of the afternoon unbroken with Lyth. He will begin the evening on 21.
Lyth reached his fifty off 80 balls with nine fours, and is now within 16 runs of reaching 500 Championship runs for the season.
Durham batsman David Bedingham reached that mark earlier today with a double hundred against Derbyshire.
3.49pm – Tea Super session for Yorkshire, who wrapped up the Sussex first innings for 221 and have since wiped off the deficit. 88-0 and a lead of 17, including 62 for Lyth and 21 for Kohler-Cadmore.
3.44pm Lyth has reached an 80-ball fifty, his fifth in six innings this summer. He has since moved to 62, with Yorkshire 88-0, leading by 18.
3.36pm Excellent fightback by Yorkshire sees them take the lead at 73-0 after 24 overs. That’s a two-run lead, with Lyth 48 and Kohler-Cadmore 20.
3.26pm Plenty of work still to do, but things looking much more positive for Yorkshire, who trail by only six runs now at 65-0 in the 22nd over. Seven more to bowl before tea. Lyth is 43 not out and closing in on 500 Championship runs for the season.
3.07pm Yorkshire 36-0, trailing by 35. Lyth 21 and Kohler-Cadmore 10. Sussex are a bowler down, with Sean Hunt having been ruled out of bowling duties because of a side injury.
2.42pm Yorkshire going nicely in their second innings, at 28-0, trailing by 43. Still the best part of 20 overs to go before tea, and almost 52 in the day.
2.15pm Yorkshire are 8-0 in the second over of their second innings, trailing by 73.
*1.59pm** WICKET Patterson gets Garton caught at first slip by Kohler-Cadmore, brilliantly plucked out of the air one handed high to his left. Sussex are 221 all out, leading by 71. Patterson finishes with four wickets, as does Olivier.
1.44pm WICKET Early afternoon success for Yorkshire through the skipper. Patterson bowls Carson for a duck five balls into the session. 212-9. Sussex have a 62-run lead.
Lunch Report Yorkshire have enjoyed a five-wicket second morning to raise hopes of a comeback win against Sussex at Hove.
Sussex, replying to 150 all out, started day two of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture on 118-3 from 43 overs and have since reached lunch on 212-8 from 72, a lead of 62.
Duanne Olivier and Steve Patterson have struck twice apiece, added to a wicket for Dom Bess, at The 1st Central County Ground.
South African overseas quick Olivier currently has four wickets in an innings which will hopefully be wrapped up in the early stages of the afternoon session.
Sussex lost their first three wickets today for 11 runs inside four overs as they fell from 168-3 in the 59th over to 179-6 in the 63rd, including the loss of opener Tom Haines for 86.
Haines and Tom Clark (32) had batted through the first 65 minutes of play without alarm, taking their fourth-wicket partnership to 64. But they both departed.
Olivier struck twice late on day one and made the initial breakthrough this morning when he uprooted Clark’s off-stump at the end of the 59th over.
Off-spinner Bess then bowled Haines two balls later, claiming his first wicket in his third Championship match since rejoining the club permanently from Somerset.
That left Sussex at 168-5 in the 60th.
Then, in the 63rd over, Olivier claimed his fourth wicket when he forced Delray Rawlins to miscue a drive into the covers, where a diving Joe Root held on one-handed.
Sussex captain Ben Brown then set about an inventive 37 to take his side above 200, regularly attempting to reverse sweeping Bess.
But he was lbw to Patterson in the 71st over, the first of two wickets in as many balls in the penultimate over of the session as the skipper also bowled Ollie Robinson for a golden duck – 212-8.
1.03pm – Lunch Sussex 212-8 after 72 overs, leading by 62. Yorkshire strike five times in the morning to keep themselves in the hunt. The White Rose are very much in this game.
12.57pm WICKET Robinson bowled Patterson for a first baller. Sussex lose two in two balls, and it’s 212-8.
12.54pm WICKET Brown lbw Patterson for 37, ending a dangerous innings. Sussex are 212-7 in the 71st over with a lead of 62.
12.50pm 10 minutes to go before lunch, and Sussex are 203-6 after 69 overs. Garton 5 and Brown 28, the latter playing aggressively.
12.22pm WICKET Rawlins miscues a drive at Olivier to a diving Root at cover, where it looks like he’s held on one-handed. Sussex have lost three for 11 and are 179-6.
12.06pm WICKET Olivier secures the first Yorkshire success of the day, bowling Clark for 33. Sussex are 168-4 after 59 overs. A huge roar from Duanne greets his third wicket of the innings.
And there’s another….
WICKET Bess strikes. He’s bowled Haines for 86, clipping the off bail. That’s his first wicket in his second spell with the county, richly deserved too. Could have had so many more. 168-5 in the 60th. Two wickets in three balls.
11.38am Olivier has just come into the attack from the Cromwell Road End of the ground. Sussex 149-3.
11.21am Sussex 139-3 in the 49th over.
11.05am Sussex have added seven runs in the first two overs of the day and are 125-3. Willey and Thompson searching for wicket number four, with Haines 75 and Clark 10.
10.25am During last night’s media duties, Andrew Gale confirmed that Joe Root will be rested from next week’s clash with Northamptonshire at Emerald Headingley.
10.24am Here’s a look around the venues ahead of day two.
Durham 307-4 v Derbyshire, County Ground
Warwickshire 7-0 v Essex 295, Edgbaston
Worcestershire 305-7 v Nottinghamshire, New Road
Hampshire 292-3 v Gloucestershire, Ageas Bowl
Leicestershire 233 v Somerset 53-3, Grace Road
Middlesex 114-3 v Surrey 154, Lord’s
Kent v Lancashire 260-7, Canterbury
Northamptonshire v Glamorgan 324-7, Wantage Road
10.15am The Yorkshire lads are currently having a game of foot volley ball over one of the practice nets as part of their warm-ups. Youngies the oldies. Youngies struggling at the moment, and Adam Lyth is letting them know about it!
Good morning from Hove.
It is another gorgeous morning on the South Coast, where there is not a cloud in the sky.
Yorkshire have it all to do here after a poor first day batting display which saw them slip from 60-0 to 150 all out.
Sussex then replied with 118-3 at close.
No doubt, they are in the driving seat. But they are still in arrears to the tune of 32. If Yorkshire can get amongst them this morning, the White Rose could be back in business.
The hosts are a largely young and inexperienced side, so that could be a factor.
Standing in Yorkshire’s way at present is in-form opener Tom Haines, who is unbeaten on 71.
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