MATCH CENTRE 

6.52pm – Play has been abandoned for the day.

6.46pm – Bad light has stopped play at 46-2 after 13 overs. There’s a lot of disbelief around the ground because the sun’s out and there’s blue sky everywhere.

6.43pm – Worcestershire are 46-2 after 13 overs, with eight remaining tonight. Azhar Ali 14 and Jack Haynes 12. Mark Steketee comes into the attack.

6.16pm – WICKET! Brilliant catch at short-leg by Wharton off Coad does for Libby, 9. Fine reflex effort by Wharton after Libby turned one off his hip. It’s 15-2 in the seventh.

6.01pm – WICKET! Roderick caught at third slip by Bean off Fisher, 4. It’s 11-1 in the fourth over. Azhar Ali in now as Worcestershire reply to 407.

5.45pm – We actually have 21 overs remaining in the day. Great opportunity for Yorkshire to make inroads. Coad has the new ball. Gareth Roderick on strike.

5.34pm – WICKET! Revis caught at mid-off by Waite off Finch for 39. We’re 407 all out. Finch finishes with 5-100, and there’s 20 overs remaining in the day.

5.25pm – WICKET! Steketee bowled by Finch. We’re 406-9 in the 91st over. Dan Moriarty in now.

5.12pm – WICKET! Coad caught at mid-off by Haynes off Gibbon for an entertaining 41, sharing 69 with Revis 27. 399-8 in the 88th. Mark Steketee in now.

And now it’s 400-8, with a fourth batting point secured. Steketee off the mark immediately. We still have 28.1 overs remaining in the day.

5.04pm – Super stuff from Coad 37 and Revis 22. They have shared 60 and counting to take us to 390-7 in the 87th over.

4.51pm – Coad 24 and Revis 21 have united importantly to steady the ship after a few wickets fell. They have put on 44 for the eighth wicket to take the score to 374-7 in the 84th.

4.47pm – We’ve moved to 364-7 in the 83rd over. Coad 19, Revis 17. Worcestershire now bowling with the new ball.

4.21pm – The Diamonds have been beaten by six wickets at York, with Thunder claiming victory defending 168.

4.13pm – WICKET! Fisher caught behind off Finch, 2. It’s 330-7 in the 75th. Ben Coad comes to the crease.

4.06pm – WICKET! Hill has been caught behind off Baker for 53. 327-6.

4.04pm – George Hill reaches his fifty off 55 balls with eight fours and a straight six. 326-5.

4pm – WICKET! Tattersall trapped lbw by Finch, 16. We’re 315-5 after 71 overs. Matthew Revis joins Hill, 43, at the crease.

3.43pm – Seven more overs have been lost, so we’ve got 47 remaining in the day when we resume at 3.50pm. The Thunder are 117-3 in the 31st over chasing 168 at York.

3.35pm – Tea Report. Fin Bean fell for a superb career best 135 as Yorkshire moved to 309-4 during a shortened second afternoon against Worcestershire at New Road.

Rain forced an early tea on day two of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture, though Worcestershire did claim three wickets during the session.

Matthew Waite trapped James Wharton lbw for 18 and had debutant Ryan Rickelton caught behind pushing forwards for six, leaving Yorkshire at 234-3 in the 55th over. 

Bean twice slog swept left-arm spinner Josh Baker for six in the same over having earlier reached his third four-day century of the season before lunch.

The left-hander was then trapped lbw playing to leg against Waite’s fellow seamer Adam Finch, leaving the score 275-4 after 63 overs. Bean hit 17 fours and two sixes in 180 balls. 

George Hill (37) and Jonny Tattersall (16) have since taken Yorkshire beyond 300, claiming a second batting bonus point.

Play was interrupted at 3pm, with tea taken half an hour later. The rain has since disappeared, and play is due to resume at 3.50pm. 

3.27pm – Tea will be taken at 3.30pm.

3.01pm – We’re off for rain at 309-4 after 69.4 overs. Hill 37 and Tattersall 16. Proper rain this as well. Could be a lengthy delay.

2.58pm Hill pulls Finch for four to move to 35 and take the score to 302-4 in the 69th over. That’s batting point number two.

2.47pm – Katie Levick has taken two quick wickets, and Thunder are 64-3 chasing 168 at York.

2.38pm – WICKET! Bean trapped lbw Finch for a fabulous career best 135. We’re 275-4 in the 63rd over. Jonny Tattersall in now.

2.34pm – Ryan Rickelton cuts a boundary on Yorkshire debut. PHOTO: John Heald.

Ryan Rickelton

2.25pm – Bean slog sweeps the spin of Josh Baker over mid-wicket and then again a bit straighter. He has a career best 130 out of 264-3 after 60 overs.

2.21pm – We’ve reached 252-3 in the 59th over, securing a first batting point. Bean 118 and Hill 13.

2.15pm – England have named an unchanged squad for the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford from next Wednesday.

2.07pm – WICKET! Waite gets Rickelton caught behind for 6. It’s 234-3 after 55 overs. George Hill in now.

2.03pm – Thunder are 24-0 in the fourth over chasing 168 against the Diamonds at York.

1.58pm – WICKET! Wharton trapped lbw by Waite’s third ball of the day for 18. It’s 222-2 in the 53rd over. Debutant Ryan Rickelton in. Richie Benaud would be proud of that total!

1.16pm – The Diamonds have been bowled out for 167 by Thunder at York, including Lauren Winfield-Hill’s 33.

1.15pm – Lunch Report. Fin Bean reached his third LV= Insurance County Championship century of the season during another weather disrupted morning against Worcestershire at New Road.

Opener Bean moved from 69 overnight to a superb 100 off 140 balls, later reaching lunch on 105 out of 219-1 from 51 overs. 

He shared 177 in 40 overs for the first wicket with Adam Lyth, who was the only wicket to fall at the start of day two – trapped lbw by an in-ducker from left-arm seamer Ben Gibbon for 79.

Bean has been particularly strong on the drive, his century so far including 15 fours.

The morning session has seen two rain delays, cutting 15 overs from the day’s allocation of 104. The first of them saw play start at 11.15am.

James Wharton will begin the afternoon, under much brighter skies, on 17. 

1pm – HUNDRED! Fabulous from Fin Bean. His third century of the summer comes off 140 balls with 15x4s. We’re 210-1, with Wharton 13.

12.39pm – Fin Bean on the drive this morning. He has 92 out of 190-1. PHOTO: John Heald.

Fin Bean

12.33pm The Diamonds have fallen to 117-6 in the 32nd over at York. Leah Dobson and Lizzie Scott are trying to rebuild.

12.30pm – We’re underway again. 11 more overs have been lost.

12.10pm – We’re due for a 12.30pm resumption.

12.03pm – The Diamonds are 88-4 in the 23rd over against Thunder. If you want to watch that game, it’s available via the following link.

DIAMONDS v THUNDER 

11.48am – We’re off for rain at 179-1 after 41 overs. Bean 87 and Wharton 1.

11.43am – WICKET! Lyth trapped lbw by Gibbon for an excellent 79. It’s 177-1 after 40 overs. James Wharton comes in to join Fin Bean, who has 86.

11.29am – It’s very evident how slow the outfield is today. Bean has just driven the only runs off the bat – four down the ground, and it only just reached the rope despite being well timed. 162-0.

11.24am – The Diamonds are 58-0 after 13 overs against Thunder at York. A very handy start.

11.21am – First runs of the day off the 11th ball, four leg byes down to fine-leg as Bean faces Gibbon. It’s 158-0.

11.14am – And away we go. Bean facing Gibbon at the start of play. A couple of dots early doors. Yorkshire 154-0.

11.04am – We will have an 11.15am start. 100 overs scheduled for the day.

10.55am – The rain has returned to New Road.

10.44am – The umpires have confirmed a start on time is planned, with 104 overs scheduled in the day.

10.39am – The rain has passed through at New Road, and they’ve started at York. where the Diamonds have been inserted and are 5-0 in the third over.

10am – There’s a bit of rain about at the moment. The covers have come on, but the players continue to warm-up.

9.19am – Good morning from New Road, where it’s dry and bright at present.

There has been some overnight rain, but we’re all set for a start on time at 11am. The players are just beginning their warm-ups.

Only 33.3 overs were possible yesterday due to rain and a touch of bad light late on, but Yorkshire made the absolute best of things with 154-0, including Adam Lyth 77 and Fin Bean 69.

The suggestion is that the forecast is quite similar today. Fingers crossed that’s not the case and we get a full day’s play.

If you want to recap on yesterday’s action, you can read our match report and reaction piece with Adam Lyth. They’re linked below.

MATCH REPORT 

ADAM LYTH 

Back up in Yorkshire, the Northern Diamonds are in Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy action against cross-Pennine rivals Thunder at York Cricket Club today. The Diamonds are aiming for win number five from their eighth fixture. We will keep you to date with that here as well.

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