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Dom Bess

“If you’d have said that we’ll get 390 on the board, we’d have taken that. Personally, I would have loved to have got my second first-class hundred, my first in the Championship. But that’s how the games goes.

“I never felt in. It was still doing a bit, and I nicked a couple. You have to ride your luck sometimes.

“It was nice to be in there facing a lot of balls and just playing cricket.

“The main aim for us was to get to 400. I think that’s quite a daunting task if you’re batting second. There’s certainly a lot there for our bowlers.

“To get Cook is a massive wicket for us. I think we’re in a great position.

“We have still got two full days to hopefully get these 20 wickets. As I say, I think we’re in a very good position.”

4.40pm Play has just been abandoned for the day.

Tea Ben Coad had Sir Alastair Cook caught at first slip for two during a rain-shortened second afternoon of the Specsavers County Championship match between Yorkshire and Essex at Emerald Headingley.

Only 6.5 overs were bowled after lunch – under floodlights – before rain took the players off at 2.15pm, with Essex 18-1 in their first innings. Tea was taken early at 3.10pm.

Essex are replying to Yorkshire’s first-innings 390, including Dom Bess’s 91 not out this morning. Sam Cook and Jamie Porter finished with three wickets apiece.

When play does resume, Nick Browne will be 10 not out and Tom Westley unbeaten on three.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore took the catch to help Coad remove Cook, his 25th catch in all cricket for the White Rose this season.

2.12pm Essex make their way to 18-1 in the seventh over, but we’re off for rain.

Lunch On-loan Dom Bess was left stranded nine short of his second career first-class century as Yorkshire were bowled out for 390 during the second morning against Essex at Emerald Headingley.

The 21-year-old Somerset all-rounder, batting at number eight, superbly moved from 30 overnight to 91 not out, but Yorkshire lost four wickets in the second half of the morning, meaning he was the third batsman in the innings to fall short of three figures.

During the first day of this Specsavers County Championship clash, Adam Lyth made 95 and Tom Kohler-Cadmore 83.

Yorkshire started the day on 289-6, with Bess and Jonny Tattersall (45) going on to complete a seventh-wicket stand of 90.

But, just as they did after tea on day one, Essex fought back strongly, with Jamie Porter taking two of the last four wickets to fall for 48 as Yorkshire slipped from 342-6.

Tattersall was caught behind off Ravi Bopara before Porter had Steve Patterson lbw and Ben Coad caught at first slip by Sir Alastair Cook, leaving the score at 387-9 to delay lunch.

Unfortunately for Yorkshire and, in particular, Bess, Duanne Olivier could only edge his fourth ball from Sam Cook to Simon Harmer at second slip to end the innings.

Bess is in his third appearance of a four-game Championship loan spell with the White Rose county. His only first-class hundred to date came for the MCC in the champion county fixture against Essex in Barbados in March of last year.

Despite losing four wickets in the hour before lunch, Yorkshire, who claimed three batting bonus points, still hold the definite advantage.

1.01pm OUT! Coad caught at first slip by A Cook off Porter. 387-9. Bess has 89 not out and there will be a delayed lunch.

12.44pm Patterson has been trapped lbw by Porter for 8. Yorkshire now 379-8.

11.59am Yorkshire 325-6 after 110 overs, meaning three batting points and two bowling points for Essex.

11.51am Bess reaches his maiden Yorkshire fifty off 83 balls with 9×4s. 323-6 in the 109th.

11.30am Yorkshire have enjoyed an excellent opening half hour of the day, moving to 314-6 in the 105th over and securing a third batting point. Tattersall has 30 and Bess 44, and they have shared 62 and counting for the seventh wicket. The race is on for a fourth bonus point for 350 in 110 overs.

10.43am We are due to start at 11am.

10.23am The covers are coming off after the rain passed through just now. The players are also about to start their warm-ups.

Just some thoughts from Adam Lyth on the Headingley pitch for this game

“I think that’s the best pitch I’ve played on here for a few years. It’s not a typical Headingley pitch where there’s always something in it. It’s good for batting. But how many times on day one at Headingley do you see turn and bounce? You just don’t. But it did.

“Hopefully that will come into play more and more because Bessy has been doing a good job for us.”

Good morning from Emerald Headingley.

Unfortunately, it’s a damp start to the day here ahead of day two against Essex.

The covers are on, and there’s no sign of the players warming up.

Fingers crossed, the rain clears up and we can get underway.

Yorkshire closed day one on 289-6 and in reasonable health, despite four evening wickets, including Adam Lyth for 95 and Tom Kohler-Cadmore for 83.

They shared a third-wicket century partnership before a dominant day was downgraded through some good work from the Essex bowlers after tea.

A start on time at 11am is in doubt. We will keep you updated.

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