MATCH CENTRE 

6.56pm – CLOSE: Bad light has suspended play. Yorkshire 138-3, needing 63 more. Lyth 69 and Hope 53, these two sharing 99 unbroken. We will need 63 more tomorrow. Fabulous day.

6.40pm – Lyth and Hope have reached fifties, off 81 and 73 balls. and Yorkshire have moved to 128-3 in the 37th of 42 overs tonight. Super knocks. But light is becoming an increasing issue.

6.11pm – Yorkshire 100-3 in the 29th over. Lyth 48 and Hope 36. These two have shared 61.

Hang on, Lyth has reached his fifty off 81 balls with seven fours. It’s 102-3, and we require 99 more to win. Thirteen overs remaining tonight.

5.59pm – Yorkshire are 89-3 after 26 overs chasing 201. Lyth 42 and Hope 31. We have 16 overs remaining tonight. If you are thinking about a three-day finish, it’s 24 overs remaining if they take the extra half hours.

5.57pm – The Diamonds have won by 105 runs at Headingley. What a way to start their RHFT title defence.

5.44pm – What an achievement for Katie Levick. Her four wickets today have taken her beyond 300 in List A and T20 cricket. The Diamonds are on the verge of victory over Storm at Headingley. They are 165-9 chasing 291 with only six overs to go. Here at Hove, Yorkshire are 75-3.

5.20pm – Sussex think they’ve got Shai Hope run out for nine after a Henry Crocombe delivery is thrown back at the stumps by keeper Oli Carter. Hope left the ball, tapped his bat in his crease and then left his crease to go and do some gardening down the pitch. He was definitely out of his ground when the stumps were broken, but umpire Neil Pratt says the ball was dead and it’s not out. Yorkshire are now 59-3.

5.02pm – WICKET! Oh no. Malan has feathered behind down leg off Hudson-Prentice, two. Yorkshire are 39-3 chasing that 201 target. Shai Hope in to join Lyth, who has 28. 

4.53pm – WICKET! Shakeel caught at second slip off Hudson-Prentice for six. We are 31-2 chasing 201. Malan has come to the crease to join Lyth, who has 22.

4.27pm – WICKET! McAndrew uproots Bean’s middle stump for three. Yorkshire 14-1 after five overs chasing 201. It hasn’t been a day to shout about from a Sussex point of view, but that’s lifted the locals. The first strains of Good old Sussex by the Sea can be heard. 

4.14pm – Early stages of Yorkshire’s chase of 201. We are 6-0 in the third over.

3.52pm – Tea Report Yorkshire have turned their ongoing LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Sussex right around courtesy of a stunning afternoon bowling display on day three at Hove.

Sussex began the afternoon at 49-2 in their second innings, leading by 112.

But, within the blink of an eye, they had fallen into deep trouble and were 137 all out at tea, meaning Yorkshire need 201 to win. 

The standout feature of Yorkshire’s bowling performance was that there wasn’t a standout performer. Each of the five-man attack struck, including big quick Mickey Edwards getting his first wicket in county cricket after his winter move from Australia. 

After a run out and a Ben Coad wicket before lunch, Jordan Thompson set the wheels in motion by getting two wickets in as many overs – Tom Haines caught behind and, for the second time in the match, Cheteshwar Pujara lbw. That left Sussex at 66-4 in the 19th over.

In the next, without further addition, superb Dom Bess trapped Tom Clark lbw before a 39-run stand between Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Oli Carter steadied Sussex’s ship.

However, it was back in choppy waters again when Matthew Fisher returned to get Hudson-Prentice lbw for an innings-high 30 and Nathan McAndrew the same way – again in successive overs – as the score fell to 107-7 in the 33rd, a lead of 170.

Bess, wheeling away from the Sea End of this ground, then trapped fellow off-spinner Jack Carson lbw before Edwards had England Test seamer Ollie Robinson caught at slip by captain Adam Lyth.

Bess then had Carter lbw sweeping to wrap up the innings and finish with 3-36 from 16.1 overs.

There are 42 overs remaining in the day.

3.39pm – Up at Headingley, the Diamonds have finished on a fabulous 290-8 from 36 overs. Winfield-Hill 75, Heath 71 and Tryon 63. Over to you, Storm. Here at Hove, Sussex are 137-9, leading by 200.

3.23pm – WICKET! Mickey Edwards gets his first wicket for Yorkshire, and it’s Robinson caught at slip by Lyth. Sussex are 121-9, leading by 184.

3.14pm – WICKET! Carson trapped lbw by Bess, 1. Sussex 118-8 in the 36th over, leading by 181. Yorkshire have turned this right around now. Robinson in to join Carter, who has 11. Sussex been very tentative with the bat. Will Robinson’s arrival at the crease change that?

3.01pm – WICKET! McAndrew trapped lbw by Fisher, 0, and it’s 107-7. Sensational stuff. Sussex lead by 170.

2.55pm – WICKET! Fisher returns to the attack from the Cromwell Road End and traps Hudson-Pretince lbw. It’s 105-6 in the 30th over, and Sussex lead by 168. Much needed wicket to break a passage of resistance. 

2.34pm – Look’s like Bess Heath is enjoying herself at Headingley. She’s 70 not out off 34 balls in the Diamonds’ 170-3 in the 21st of 36 overs versus Storm. She’s shared 99 with Lauren Winfield-Hill, who has 58.

2.17pm – WICKET! The fightback rolls on as Bess gets Clark lbw. It’s 66-5! Sussex lead by 127. Super day for Yorkshire so far. 

2.13pm – WICKET! Thompson again. What a big wicket this is. Pujara lbw for 13, the Indian Test star falling lbw to Thompson for the second time in the match. Sussex are 65-4 and lead by 126.

2.04pm – WICKET! Thompson has Haines caught behind for 23, and it’s 61-3. Sussex have a lead of 124 now. Yorkshire turning the tide. Still plenty of work to do, but there’s definitely an opening now.

1.53pm – Up and running after lunch here at Hove, where Bess has taken up the attack, bowling his second over. Sussex 49-2, leading by 112. Pujara and Haines at the crease.

1.29pm – The Diamonds are 33-2 after six overs of 36 against the Storm. Sterre Kalis and Hollie Armitage have both fallen for one. Lauren Winfield-Hill has 15.

1.11pm – Lunch. Ben Coad is leading the Yorkshire fightback against Sussex at Hove following an excellent morning with bat and ball.

Yorkshire started day three of this LV= Insurance County Championship match on 216-7 in their first-innings reply to 361. And they fell to 239-9 following the departures of Jordan Thompson (22) and Matthew Fisher.

But Coad dominated a 10th-wicket stand of 59 with Mickey Edwards and crashed 45 off 32 balls, including five sixes, to take a sledgehammer to Sussex’s lead. The visitors were eventually bowled out for 298 before Sussex reached lunch second time around at 49-2, leading by 112.

Edwards also finished 19 not out, with 38 runs coming in what proved to be the last two overs of the Yorkshire innings, including five sixes in eight balls. Seamer Henry Crocombe and off-spinner Jack Carson were targeted, though the latter did get revenge when he bowled Coad to finish with five wickets.

Sussex started their second innings midway through the morning, and although they started well Coad had a hand in two wickets to fall in the 11th over as they score fell from 41-0 to 42-2.

Ali Orr was run out backing up as Coad deflected a Tom Haines straight drive onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Orr has been run out the same way in Sussex’s last three matches dating back to last season. Tom Alsop was then trapped lbw for a golden duck by Coad.

If Yorkshire’s fightback is to gather further momentum after lunch, you feel as though they will need to get Indian captain Cheteshwar Pujara cheaply. He will begin the afternoon on one alongside opener Haines, who has 22.

1pm – WICKET! Coad traps Alsop lbw for a golden duck. 42-2.

12.58pm – WICKET! Orr run out backing up by after Haines drove back at Coad, 26. Orr has been run out the same way three games in a row dating back to last season. Sussex 41-1, a lead of 104.

12.47pm – The start of the Diamonds v Storm match at Headingley is imminent. 36-overs a side contest. Storm have won the toss and will bowl. Chloe Tryon debuts for the Diamonds.

12.41pm – Sussex 27-0 in the eighth over of their second innings, leading by 90. Orr was dropped on 13 by Shakeel off Fisher at mid-wicket a short time ago. Haines has 14.

12.06pm – There will be an inspection at Headingley at 12.30pm, where the Diamonds are playing Storm in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

12.02pm – WICKET! Coad has been bowled by Carson for a superb 45, and we’re 298 all out, a deficit of 63. Edwards finishes 19 not out. A stand of 59 was capped by a run of five sixes in eight balls. Could be a game changer. Carson finishes with five wickets.

11.55am – Wallop. Coad has just clattered Crocombe over wide long-on for a huge six, moving to 24. It’s 269-9 and our deficit is now just 92.

Hang on, Edwards has just pulled the same bowler for six more. 276-9. 85 behind.

11.46am – Yorkshire 250-9, with a batting point in the bag. Ben Coad has just lofted Carson for six over long-on. The deficit is 111.

11.39am – Still no start at Headingley for the Diamonds against the Storm, but it does look like there’s a bit of positive movement with the covers. Fingers crossed for some good news shortly.

11.35am – WICKET! Fisher falls to a good diving catch by Pujara at mid-on after the Yorkshireman tried to heave McAndrew wide of the fielder. He goes for seven, and it’s 239-9.

11.24am – Fisher thumps McAndrew back down the ground for four – fine shot. He has six out of 233-8.

11.13am – WICKET! Thompson has been trapped lbw by Carson, 22. Yorkshire 223-8. Edwards in to join Fisher.

11am – Ollie Robinson will bowl to Jordan Thompson…..

10.53am – The sun is out here at Hove, and the locals are confident we will get through a relatively uninterrupted day today. Key period early on as Thompson and Fisher bid to chip away at that 145 deficit. We will begin on 216-7 in reply to 361.

10.01am – Matthew Revis and James Wharton are currently involved in what looks to be a fairly competitive fielding competition. Throwing at stumps, slip catching, one-handed catching – all that type of thing. Tom Smith is the adjudicator at present having replaced Ottis Gibson, who was overseeing things 10 minutes or so ago. Get the feeling Wharton might be edging it.

9.57am – It’s a wet one up at Headingley, unfortunately, where the Diamonds and the Storm will have to wait to start their Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy game. Delayed start.

9.44am – The sun is shining now at Hove. Lovely bright morning. We have 104 overs scheduled in the day.

9.30am – Ollie Robinson bowls to former team-mate Adam Lyth yesterday.

Robinson to Lyth

Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

9.25am – Let’s have a look around the grounds at the other scores this week before we get going here.

DIV TWO 

Glamorgan v Durham 382-6, Sophia Gardens

Worcestershire 118-7 v Gloucestershire 231, New Road

DIV ONE 

Kent v Essex 289-1, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence 

Middlesex 111-2 v Nottinghamshire 364, Lord’s

Northamptonshire 95-5 v Hampshire 482-8d, Wantage Road 

Somerset 441 v Lancashire 302-1, The Cooper Associates County Ground

9.20am – Good morning from The 1st Central County Ground, where it is a dry and bright morning. I wouldn’t say the sun is shining, but equally I wouldn’t describe it as full on overcast either.

Yorkshire are behind the eight ball at present, with Sussex having made 361 and restricted the visitors to 216-7 in reply.

Ben Coad was excellent with four wickets yesterday to bowl Sussex out, and he and his bowling colleagues will have to impact day three significantly if we are to get back into the contest. There’s no reason why Coad, current unbeaten pair Jordan Thompson and Matthew Fisher and last man Mickey Edwards can’t get us up close to Sussex’s total and then get to work with the ball.

It is a big day in Yorkshire Cricket terms, with the Northern Diamonds opening their summer schedule with a Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy clash with Western Storm at Headingley (10.30am).

We will keep you up to date with scores from that game as well.

To recap yesterday’s action from Hove, you can access our match report and reaction piece from Coad via the links below. We’re all set to go at 11am here. The scorecard and live stream can be accessed via the match centre tab up top. Enjoy the day.

MATCH REPORT 

BEN COAD 

 

 

 

 

 

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