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Dom Bess

“As a spectator, it’s been a really good game. It’s tossed and turned.

“I think we were on the back foot this morning. We were effectively 95-5. But we got the target to 235 with some good partnerships at the bottom. Good sides make that happen.

“It was really important to get past 200.

“We have some really experienced guys out there, Dave Willey, Patto, Rooty, Gary (Ballance). I would also say I’m experienced in terms of playing on spinning wickets.

“It’s really important for us to stay disciplined, soak up boundaries and not give them loose balls. If we take our chances, we’ll be in for a great shout.”

5.58pm – Close WICKET Garton caught behind cutting at Bess for 21. Five-for. More importantly, it’s 136-6. Sussex need 99 more. Superb day’s play.

5.23pm Sussex 113-5 with almost 40 minutes of play remaining. Brown and Garton have settled for the hosts, who are 122 from victory. Root and Bess in tandem.

4.53pm WICKET Rawlins goes first ball, caught by Kohler-Cadmore running around from second slip after an edge at Bess seemed to loop up off Tattersall. 86-5.

4.52pm WICKET Here we go. Bess bowls van Zyl, who has shouldered arms. Sussex are 86-4.

4.41pm WICKET Bess starting to get the rewards for early season endeavour. Clark caught at silly mid-off for six by Brook. Two wickets for the England offie. 81-3.

4.13pm WICKET Haines caught behind down leg-side off Thompson, 37. Sussex are 64-2 in the 23rd over. 235 target. Big wicket that. Key man for Sussex so far this season.

4.06pm Bess and Thompson then men charged with pursuit of wicket number two after tea. Sussex 61-1 chasing that 235 target.

Tea Report Sussex, set 235 to win shortly after lunch, have reached tea on day three at 59-1 from 19 overs.

The ongoing LV= Insurance County Championship fixture at The 1st Central County Ground has edged into Sussex’s favour given their bright start to the chase. But their advantage is only a slender one.

Yorkshire’s second innings was wrapped up on 305 in the opening stages of the afternoon when Duanne Olivier (21) was trapped lbw by Jack Carson.

The Irish off-spinner finished with a career best 5-85, and he broke a 51-run 10th-wicket partnership between Olivier and David Willey, who finished 28 not out.

Sussex then made a positive start to their chase through the rest of the afternoon session, with in-form opener Tom Haines leading the way with 25 not out.

He and Aaron Thomason (10) took the score to 45 in the 12th over before Dom Bess, in his second over, bowled the latter as he advanced down the track at the England off-spinner.

Stiaan van Zyl will begin the evening on seven, alongside Haines.

There are a minimum of 31 overs remaining in the day.

3.41pm – Tea Sussex are 59-1 after 19 overs, chasing 235. Haines 35 and van Zyl 7. Bess with the wicket.

3.29pm 10 minutes to tea, and Sussex are 50-1 chasing 235. Haines 33 and van Zyl 1.

3.15pm WICKET Thomason bowled by Bess for 10. Sussex are 45-1 in the 12th over, Bess’s second over, and the ball before Thomason had survived a huge appeal for caught at short-leg. Yorkshire players were convinced it was out.

3.02pm Bess comes into the attack with Sussex at 32-0 after nine overs. Haines 24 and Thomason 10. 235 target. Key moment in the game.

2.55pm Sussex have made a very handy start at 30-0 in the eighth over. But Yorkshire need not panic at present. Early success with the bat has been a theme of this fixture before wickets come in clusters.

2.44pm Sussex have come out with a positive approach. Haines and Thomason have taken the score to 21-0 after five overs.

2.30pm Interesting move from Patterson sees Thompson take the new ball alongside Olivier. The former is bowling up the hill from the Sea End. Sussex, chasing 235, are 7-0 early in the second over.

2.19pm WICKET Sussex require 235 to win. Olivier lbw Carson, 21. Five wickets for Carson, and it’s 305 all out. 51 with Willey, who finishes 28 not out, comes to a close. How crucial could that be in the final reckoning?

Lunch Report David Willey and Duanne Olivier have shared an unbroken 10th-wicket partnership of 47 to tip the balance in Yorkshire’s favour on day three against Sussex at Hove.

The White Rose county started the day on 163-5 in their second innings, leading by 92, and have since reached lunch on 301-9, a lead of 230.

Yorkshire are chasing back-to-back LV= Insurance County Championship away wins after last week’s 200-run triumph at Kent.

Yorkshire lost Steve Patterson, Gary Ballance, Jordan Thompson and Dom Bess, leaving the score at 254-9 – a lead of 183.

But Willey and Olivier confidently frustrated Sussex for the remainder of the morning session, which was extended by half an hour with the visitors nine wickets down.

On a pitch showing signs of uneven bounce and spin, Yorkshire were targeting a lead of 200 overnight.

Ballance has so far top-scored with 74.

He fell lbw to Jack Carson’s off-spin as he shouldered arms – 226-7 after 78 overs.

The initial breakthrough had come when nightwatchman Patterson chopped on to George Garton’s left-arm pace, leaving Yorkshire at 194-6 in the 71st over, the 11th of the day.

Ballance reached his first fifty in first-class cricket since late 2019 off 120 balls, only to fall lbw shouldering arms to Carson as the score fell to 226-7 after 78, a White Rose lead of 155.

Jordan Thompson fell to a one-handed reflex catch at slip, high to Aaron Thomason’s right off Ollie Robinson after the fielder had initially been wrong footed – 251-8 after 89.

By this stage, Sussex were bowling with the new ball, taken by Robinson and Carson.

Dom Bess (19) was next to go, lbw to Robinson as the score fell to 254-9 in the 91st over, a visiting lead of 183. Unfortunately, the ball that got Bess looked as if it maybe going over the stumps and down leg.

But that brought Willey and Olivier together, and they have made their way to 26 and 21 respectively.

1.31pm – Lunch Great end to the morning for Yorkshire, who are 301-9 from 102 overs, leading by 230. Willey 26 and Olivier 21. They have shared an unbroken 47 for the 10th wicket.

1.03pm Lunch has been delayed, with Yorkshire nine wickets down. At 275-9, it’s a lead of 204. Willey 19 and Olivier 4.

12.53pm WICKET Bess lbw Robinson, 19. 254-9, a lead of 183. That looked high and leg-side on initially viewing.

12.45pm WICKET Thompson falls for 13 to a reflex one-handed catch at slip from Thomason high to right having initially gone the wrong way. Robinson strikes. Yorkshire 251-8, leading by 180. Willey joins Bess at the crease.

12.37pm Aggression from Thompson as he takes Carson over wide long-on for six, moving to 13. More importantly, Yorkshire are 246-6 and leading by 175.

12.26pm New ball in use for Sussex, and they have stuck with the off-spin of Carson after a couple of overs from Rawlins. Robinson also coming down the hill from the Cromwell Road End. Yorkshire 240-7, leading by 169. Bess has 13 and Thompson 7.

12.08pm WICKET Ballance lbw to Carson having shouldered arms, for 74. Yorkshire 226-7 in the 78th over, leading by 155.

Game still firmly in the balance, with Bess and Thompson now at the crease.

11.39am WICKET Patterson chops on to Garton for 12. Yorkshire 194-6, leading by 123. Bess joins Ballance (57) at the crease.

11.28am Ballance reaches 50 off 120 balls with four fours. Lovely. Yorkshire 183-5, leading by 113.

11.20am Hopefully a sign of fortune going Yorkshire’s way…

Ballance pulls Robinson aerially to long leg, where sub fielder Orr met it on the half volley and it goes for four. He now has 49 out of 181-5, a lead of 110.

Orr perhaps didn’t pick up the flight of the ball as quickly as he could have.

11.05am We’re underway here at Hove, and Yorkshire’s lead is up to 99 inside the first couple of overs from Robinson and off-spinner Carson. 170-5, with Ballance 42 and Patterson 5.

10.02am Here’s a look around the grounds ahead of day three.

Durham 475 v Derbyshire 148-5, Riverside
Warwickshire 243-8 v Essex 295, Edgbaston
Worcestershire 436 v Nottinghamshire 99-0, New Road
Hampshire 470 v Gloucestershire 114-2, Ageas Bowl
Middlesex 268 v Surrey 154 and 105-3, Lord’s
Kent 85-4 v Lancashire 525, Canterbury
Northamptonshire 251-7 v Glamorgan 407, Wantage Road

Good morning from Hove.

It is another lovely sunny morning at The 1st Central County Ground ahead of what should be a fascinating third day against Sussex.

It has been a really enjoyable game so far, and one which could go either way.

Yorkshire will begin the day on 163-5 in their second innings, leading by 92. The aim is to set a target above 200 to feel ahead of the game.

Batting conditions are increasingly challenging. The pitch seems to be taking significant turn now, while Adam Lyth spoke of Sussex getting the ball to reverse swing as well after tea.

Gary Ballance will resume on 36 with Steve Patterson in as nightwatchman. A Patto special this morning could be very useful indeed.

We will be underway at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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