Jack Brooks

“There was a lot of hard work to be done (at tea).

“Gary was in and playing nicely.

“There was a nice little partnership with Gary and James Logan (41 for the eighth wicket) on debut. He batted time, which was what we wanted.

“It enabled me to go out there with a bit of license in a way, but I just wanted to bat with Gary for as long as I could.

“The main thing was I just didn’t want to bowl tonight to be honest with you! That was going through my mind a lot.

“I’d imagine that session was quite an entertaining session to watch.
?“It’s great to be out there watching Gary play the way he did. I would imagine that was one of his better hundreds.

“It has to go my way when I’m swinging around like that, and I got a bit of luck.

“It was difficult to score when they bowled straight on a decent length, but as soon as you bowl any width or miss your length I’m just going to try and heave it wherever I can.

“Moeen came on with his little ropey mediums and nicked me off with not even a great ball. I was a bit annoyed because the cut’s one of my strong shots.

“But by then I was quite happy we’d got a decent score on the board.”

5.49pm Close. Yorkshire close on 417-9, Ballance 189 and Ben Coad 2 having scored 203 in the session. They lead by 77. What a fabulous end to the day.

5.41pm Brooks caught behind off Ali, bowling medium pace, 82. 403-9. What a brilliant stand of 171 in 27 overs.

5.35pm Brooks crashes Barnard over the top of mid-off for four, moving to 63 of 383-8. Stand of 151 is a record for YCCC ninth-wicket against Worcs.

5.22pm Brooks reaches his fifty off 77 balls with 8×4s. 363-8.

5.05pm Ballance and Brooks have shared a century stand. Yorkshire 332-8. Brilliant effort.

4.43pm Gary Ballance and Jack Brooks are taking Yorkshire towards parity here. Yorkshire 294-8. Ballance has 132 and Brooks 28.

4.03pm Logan gone! He’s been trapped lbw by Moeen, 6. 230-8.

3.53pm Gary Ballance is on 95 as he chases his third Championship hundred of the season. Yorkshire 222-7.

Tea Report

Josh Tongue claimed two of four afternoon wickets to fall as Yorkshire, replying to 340, reached tea on day two against Worcestershire at 214-7.

Yorkshire started the afternoon session at 83-3, with Gary Ballance the standout performer for the visitors with an unbeaten on 89 off 132 balls.

Left-arm spinner Ben Twohig and seamer Dillon Pennington also struck.

Twohig had former team-mate Tom Kohler-Cadmore lbw as he played back to a full ball as the score fell to 117-4 after 29 overs.

Ballance and Jonny Tattersall shared 44 for the fifth wicket before the latter was bowled by Tongue, who later removed Steve Patterson the same way as the score to 193-7 after 49 overs.

Sandwiched in between, Pennington had Tim Bresnan caught at second slip.

Ballance had reached his fifty off 69 balls with nine fours.

James Logan, dropped at short-leg on nought by Alex Milton off Tongue, will begin the evening on five.

2.50pm Bresnan gone! He’s been caught at second slip by Mitchell off Pennington, who has only just returned to the attack. Gone for 7. Yorkshire 184-6.

2.20pm Tattersall gone! He’s been bowled by Tongue for 19 as Yorkshire fall to 161-5.

2.03pm Lancashire have been relegated having failed to get to 300 v Hampshire (273 all out in reply to 186). Here, Yorkshire are 153-4.

1.50pm Gary Ballance reaches a 69-ball fifty with nine fours as Yorkshire advance their reply to 340 to 130-4.

1.16pm Yorkshire 99-3 in the 23rd over. Ballance 30 and Kohler-Cadmore 7.

Lunch Report

Yorkshire, replying to Worcestershire’s 340, have advanced their first innings to 83-3 at lunch.

Ben Coad and Jack Brooks struck to wrap up the home’s side innings having started on 319-8.

Coad trapped Ben Twohig lbw in the first over of the day before Brooks had Dillon Pennington caught behind to finish with figures of 6-94.

The White Rose then lost Adam Lyth and Jack Leaning inside 12 overs of their reply, slipping to 45-2, before Jeet Raval (21) dragged Twohig’s left-arm spin onto his stumps at the start of the morning’s last over.

Lyth scored 27 out of the first 30 runs before being trapped lbw by South African left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell. Leaning (13) was then bowled by a beauty from Josh Tongue, who had earlier hit an unbeaten 30 with the bat down the order.

Yorkshire have scored freely in their reply, but unfortunately lost the trio of wickets. Gary Ballance will resume after lunch on 21.

12.26pm Spinners Moeen and Twohig in tandem before lunch. Yorkshire 83-2 after 19. Ballance and Raval have 21 apiece.

11.51am Leaning gone! He’s been bowled pushing forwards at Tongue for 13. 45-2 in the 12th over.

11.22am Parnell gets Lyth lbw for 27. 30-1 in the fifth.

10.53am Pennington gone! He’s been caught behind off Brooks for seven. 340 all out. Brooks finishes with 6-94.

10.32am Wicket in the first over of the day, Ben Twohig trapped lbw by Ben Coad for 30. Worcestershire are 319-9.

Good morning from New Road, where it is bright and sunny ahead of day two. But there is a definite chill in the air which indicates we’re coming to the end of the season.

Although Yorkshire picked up the two bonus points they required for Division One safety, Worcester had the better of yesterday’s opening day.

They closed on 319-8, including 127 for Daryl Mitchell and 60 for Moeen Ali.

Jack Brooks was superb for Yorkshire with 5-83.

Play will get underway at 10.30am when Yorkshire will seek two quick wickets to wrap up the home side’s first innings.

Enjoy the day.

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