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“I thought that was one of my best knocks for Yorkshire in a couple of years on what was a pretty good surface. But there’s a bit in it for the bowlers and a bit in it for Harmer. We’re in a decent position. If we can get above 350, I think that will be a good score on this pitch.

“I wasn’t disappointed with the shot I played (to get out), but I’m bitterly disappointed not to have got a hundred. I don’t mind getting out to balls like that if I’m brutally honest. It was slightly reversing, it pitched outside leg and I nicked it.

“Tom also played beautifully. Unfortunately, like me, he also fell short of a hundred. But I’d take 95 every day of the week, and I’m sure Tom would take 80 odd most days.

“We’re well in the game. Hopefully we continue to bat well.

“(Ballance run out) It was my fault. I owe Gaz a beer. It’s not great running the best player in the country out. I was even more determined to put in a big performance for the team after that. Run out’s probably the only way he’s going to get out at the minute, and it was my fault!

“Four down would have been perfect for us, but they’re good bowlers who toiled well.”

Close Yorkshire 289-6 from 96 overs. Lyth with 95 and Kohler-Cadmore 83. Four wickets after tea for Essex, but Yorks still have the better of the day. Bess 30, Tattersall 20.

5.40pm We have seven overs left in the day. Yorkshire are 276-6 after 89 overs. Seamer Cook returns in place of Harmer, but still with the old ball.

5.13pm Willey gone! He’s been trapped lbw by Harmer for 3. Yorkshire slip to 252-6.

4.52pm Kohler-Cadmore gone! He’s been caught behind off Sam Cook for 83. Yorkshire 247-5.

4.48pm Yorkshire 247-4 and, despite the loss of the two early evening wickets. Kohler-Cadmore has 83 and Tattersall 12.

4.30pm Leaning gone! Yorkshire lose their second wicket of the evening as Siddle gets him caught at second slip by Harmer for 3. It’s 229-4 now.

4.06pm It’s a funny old game isn’t it. That World Cup game at Trent Bridge stood out like a sore thumb as one which Pakistan could well win. The shocking starters against the invincible world number ones. England 101-3 chasing 349.

Tea Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore both reached fifties and batted through the opening afternoon unbroken against Essex at Emerald Headingley as Yorkshire superbly claimed the early initiative.

The hosts, unbeaten in four Specsavers County Championship matches this season, advanced from 98-2 at lunch to reach tea at 207-2 from 65 overs.

Lyth, 44 at lunch, advanced to 50 off 99 balls and moved to 85 not out at tea.

He later slog-swept Simon Harmer’s off-spin over deep mid-wicket for six as Yorkshire passed the 150-mark.

Kohler-Cadmore (unbeaten on 68) then reached his fifty approximately 20 minutes later, off 81 balls with his eighth four, square driven off Sam Cook.

Both men have played confidently against an Essex attack who have failed to build any pressure on a pitch which has already offered turn for South African Harmer, who has bowled 22 overs for 48.

They will resume their third-wicket partnership of 110 inside 35 overs after tea. Yorkshire’s first batting bonus point for passing 200 was secured in the penultimate over of the session.

3.36pm First batting point secured as Yorkshire reach 201-2 in the 64th over. Lyth moves to 85.

2.58pm Kohler-Cadmore reaches his second successive Championship fifty off 81 balls with 8×4s, his latest square driven off Cook to get him there. 177-2.

1.50pm Encouraging start to the afternoon, including a fifty for Lyth off 99 balls. It’s 110-2.

Lunch Debutant Will Fraine and Adam Lyth shared 77 for the first wicket, Yorkshire’s highest opening first-class partnership since last May, during a hard-fought first morning against Essex at Emerald Headingley.

After Steve Patterson elected to bat upon winning the toss, Fraine, preferred to out of form Harry Brook, made 39 and Adam Lyth 44 not out as the hosts reached lunch on day one of this Specsavers County Championship match at 98-2 from 32 overs.

Huddersfield-born Fraine was the first wicket to fall, bowled by a nip-backer from Sam Cook in the 23rd over.

Gary Ballance was then run out at the striker’s end for 14 going for two to square-leg before being sent back by striker Lyth in the penultimate over of the session (97-2).

A real feature of the Fraine and Lyth partnership was the running between the wickets, as they pinched ones and turned ones into twos.

While Fraine is making his first-class debut for Yorkshire after a winter move from Nottinghamshire, 19-year-old Essex wicketkeeper Will Buttleman is playing in his first first-class match. Buttleman is in after Michael Pepper broke a finger during last week’s win over Kent, while on-loan Middlesex gloveman Robbie White sustained an ankle injury in training yesterday (Sunday).

1pm Ballance is run out from square-leg at striker’s end having been sent back by Lyth. Sir Alastair with the throw. 97-2.

12.13pm Before the start of play, in winning the toss, Steve Patterson made it nine in a row for Yorkshire in Championship cricket (not including uncontested tosses). The last time the White Rose lost a toss in a Championship match was the final game of 2017.

12.09pm Will Fraine, with two second-team hundreds behind him already this season, has settled nicely and moved to 33. As I type, however, he has been beaten two or three times in the over by Peter Siddle. Yorkshire 65-0 after 17.

Photographer John Heald has captured all of Gary Ballance’s five hundreds in five matches

11.29am Really encouraging start this for Yorkshire, who are 31-0 in the eighth over. Lyth has 14 of them and has just driven Cook handsomely through the covers for four. Fraine has 17.

10.35am Yorkshire have won the toss and have elected to bat.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Fraine, Ballance, Kohler-Cadmore, Leaning, Tattersall w, Bess, Willey, Patterson c, Coad, Olivier.

Essex: Browne, Sir A Cook, Westley, Lawrence, Bopara, ten Doeschate c, Buttleman w, Harmer, Siddle, Porter, S Cook.

10am Around the grounds, including a couple of Division Two games which started yesterday……

Division One

Surrey (6th) v Somerset (2nd) at Guildford

Surrey have yet to win in defence of their title while Somerset, who have won three of their games so far, will replace Hampshire at the top if they win.

Somerset have recalled Jamie Overton from his loan spell at Northants with Josh Davey (quad) and Lewis Gregory (side) both doubtful. Jack Brooks is close to a return after a calf problem. Surrey have added left-arm spinner Freddie van den Bergh to their squad.

Warwickshire (7th) v Nottinghamshire (8th) at Edgbaston

Michael Burgess is available for Warwickshire after signing from Sussex, but they may stick with the team that beat Surrey to claim their first win of the season. Nottinghamshire are bottom but all-rounder Samit Patel, who was left out of the team which lost to Hampshire last time out, could earn a recall. Australian pace bowler James Pattinson returns after injury and could make his first appearance for two years.

Yorkshire (3rd) v Essex (4th) at Headingley

Gary Ballance will be looking to score a sixth successive Championship hundred and improve his chances of an England Test recall later in the summer. Adam Lyth suffered a tight hamstring against Hampshire last week, but the opener is expected to be fit. Essex, who beat Kent last week to claim their second win, are expected to be unchanged.


Middlesex (7th) v Sussex (6th) at Lord’s – day one

Middlesex were bowled out for 139 after batting first. Sussex’s South African seamer David Wiese took 5 for 26 and Ollie Robinson three wickets on his return from injury.

Northamptonshire (9th) v Glamorgan (5th) – day one

Michael Hogan has returned to the Glamorgan attack with three wickets. Adam Rossington made 77 for Northants who have recovered to 201-9 after being put in.

Durham (10th) v Derbyshire (2nd) at Chester-le-Street

Bottom of the table Durham have lost all four games this season and coach James Franklin has promised to make changes against a Derbyshire side up to third after last week’s win against Leicestershire and who are expected to be unchanged. Scotland batsman Michael Jones is in Durham’s squad with Graham Clark and James Weighell recalled.

Lancashire (1st) v Leicestershire (8th) at Liverpool

Wicketkeeper Alex Davies is close to a return for the leaders and is in their 15-man squad after recovering from a broken thumb but they are likely to be unchanged.

Good morning from Emerald Headingley.

The sun is shining, and we look set for a lovely day to start our latest County Championship match against Essex.

Yorkshire sit third in Division One, four points ahead of Essex in fourth. Both sides are playing their fifth match of the campaign.

While Yorkshire’s match against Hampshire last week was a rain-affected draw, Essex beat the elements to secure a home win against local rivals Kent at Chelmsford, with Sir Alastair Cook and off-spinner Simon Harmer both starring.

Can Gary Ballance record his sixth hundred in as many Championship matches this week? We certainly hope so.

We get underway at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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