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Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale

“There were lots of positives, but frustration as well.

“Over the last two weeks we’ve played some really good cricket. Last week (against Hampshire), had we not lost time I think we’d have won that game. I’m not sure whether we’d have won this one. The pitch seemed to flatten out. But we were certainly in the box seat and drove the game.

“We had to make them follow-on to get a result. We missed an opportunity there dropping Siddle on nought. But these things happen.

“On the whole, we’ve played some really good cricket and deserved to be on the right side of the result.

“I’m not getting too carried away. But we are playing some good cricket and competing with the good teams in this division, Hampshire and Essex are good teams. We just have to keep doing it.”

4.13pm Unfortunately the match has been abandoned. Yorkshire take 11 points to Essex’s nine from the draw. We remain unbeaten and third in the table ahead of next week’s trip to face Surrey at Guildford.

Tea Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance posted unbeaten fifties and have shared a second-wicket partnership of 106 as the Specsavers County Championship between Yorkshire and Essex drifts towards a draw at Emerald Headingley.

Yorkshire started their second innings before lunch, 81 runs ahead with 76 overs remaining in the day, and have reached tea at 107-1 from 42.5 overs, with a brief rain shower ending the session five minutes early.

The White Rose slipped to 1-1 and have calmly advanced since, knowing the chances of forcing a victory were just too slim.

Lyth and Ballance have batted through the afternoon unbroken, reaching their fifties within five minutes of each other deep into the session off 128 and 105 balls respectively.

Should Lyth – 56 not out – reach his hundred, it would be his first of the season. Ballance’s would be his sixth in as many Championship games. He is unbeaten on 51.

Meanwhile, midway through the game’s penultimate session, Jamie Porter limped off the field after five balls of his 10th over. Part-time spinners Tom Westley and Dan Lawrence were bowling when tea arrived. There are still 33.1 overs to be bowled.

3.29pm Ballance reaches his fifty off 105 balls with 9×4s. He has shared an unbroken century stand with Lyth. 105-1.

3.24pm Lyth reaches his second fifty of the match off 128 balls with 7×4s and 1×6s. Yorkshire 97-1 in the 40th over.

3.08pm Around the grounds courtesy of the ECB Reporters Network……


Somerset beat Surrey by 102 runs at Guildford

A burst of three wickets in seven balls by Jack Brooks propelled Somerset towards a 102-run victory that takes them back to the top of Division One. Surrey, who have yet to win a game in their title defence, were bowled out for 164 in their second innings, losing eight wickets this morning in just over an hour and a half. Somerset’s fourth win from five matches has taken them 15 points clear of Hampshire at the top.

Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston

Former England batsman Ben Duckett completed his first Championship century for Notts as they battled to save the game. Duckett was out for 140 after sharing 199 with Chris Nash, who is 82 not out. Notts are 247 for 3 and still trail by 47. Jeetan Patel has taken all three wickets and now has nine in the match.

Yorkshire v Essex at Headingley

This game is heading for a draw after Essex’s last-wicket pair Peter Siddle and Sam Cook extended their stand to 86 before Essex were dismissed for 309, trailing by 81. Yorkshire are 62 for 1 in their second innings.


Durham v Derbyshire Chester-le-Street

Set 268 to win, Derbyshire are making solid progress on 75 for 2. Earlier, Durham had been dismissed for 242 in their second innings. Opener Alex Lees carried his bat for 107 and Ned Eckersley made his first Championship half-century of the season while Ravi Rampaul’s three wickets took his tally for the season to 26, the most in Division Two.

Lancashire v Leicestershire at Liverpool

Leicestershire followed on 151 behind after being bowled out for 288 and are 62 for 2 in their second innings, trailing still by 99. Earlier, Richard Gleeson took 4 for 58 for Lancashire and now has 22 wickets for the season.

2.58pm Yorkshire 76-1 in the 34th over of 76 to be bowled in the day. They lead by 157. Ballance 39 and Lyth 37. Essex’s Jamie Porter has just limped off the field five balls through his 10th over.

Surely a better catch than the Ben Stokes one the other day

1.55pm Fifteen minutes into the afternoon session, with Simon Harmer and Jamie Porter in operation for Essex. Yorkshire are 33-1 after 16 overs, leading by 114 with 60 overs left in the day. Ballance 19 and chasing a sixth century in as many Championship matches.

Lunch Yorkshire will have to settle for a Specsavers County Championship draw against Essex at Emerald Headingley after the visitors’ 10th-wicket pair Peter Siddle and Sam Cook batted for the first 70 minutes of day four.

Replying to Yorkshire’s first-innings 390, Essex were bowled out for 309, with Australian seamer Siddle and last man Cook completing a stand of 86 inside 25 overs.

Yorkshire started their second innings leading by 81 with 76 overs left in the day and have reached lunch at 19-1 from 12 overs, leading by 100 with 64 overs still to be bowled.

Siddle was trapped lbw by Steve Patterson for 60, his best score in two years as Essex’s overseas player, while Cook’s career best 37 not out included a pulled six into the East Stand off Ben Coad.

Will Fraine was then caught at first slip for a duck by Sir Alastair Cook off Jamie Porter, leaving the White Rose at one for one in the third over of their second innings.

Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance will begin the afternoon on 10 and nine.

12.50pm We have 10 minutes until lunch, and Yorkshire are 15-1, leading by 96. Lyth has 10 and Ballance 5. 67.3 overs left in the day as I type.

12.39pm Division One leaders Somerset have beaten champions Surrey by 102 runs at Guildford, where Yorkshire visit next week. Jack Brooks claimed five wickets in defence of a 256 target.

12.30pm Fraine gone! He’s been caught at first slip by Sir Alastair Cook off Porter for 0. Yorkshire 1-1.

12.09pm Essex have been bowled out for 309 as Patterson traps Siddle lbw for 60. They trail by 81 with 76 overs remaining in the day.

11.24am Siddle has reached his fifty off 82 balls. Essex have moved to 277-9, adding 25 so far this morning.

11.16am Peter Siddle and Sam Cook have now shared 44 for the 10th wicket, taking Essex to 267-9. We’re almost through five overs of day four. Yorkshire lead by 123.

11.08am Essex have moved to 262-9 in the early stages of the day.

10.10am Around the grounds….


Yorkshire 390 v Essex 252-9, Emerald Headingley
Warwickshire 391-9 dec v Nottinghamshire 97 and 116-1, Edgbaston
Surrey 231 and 99-2 v Somerset 344 and 153, Guildford


Lancashire 449 v Leicestershire 288 and 5-1, Liverpool
Durham 293 and 160-5 v Derbyshire 268, Emirates Riverside

Good morning from Emerald Headingley, where the sun is shining.

Yesterday provided great entertainment but ultimate frustration as Essex just avoided the follow-on target of 241 by advancing from 223-9 to 252-9 at stumps in their reply to Yorkshire’s first-innings 390.

Yorkshire’s bowling display, particularly from an hour before tea onwards, was absolutely exceptional as they put the squeeze on an Essex side who were going serenely at 190-3.

Dom Bess, Duanne Olivier and David Willey were the main protagonists, with the former taking three wickets.

Unfortunately, however, Peter Siddle whacked a couple of late straight sixes to get Essex over the line.

Whilst it looks likely that we will be shaking hands on a draw come 4.50pm this evening, there is still an outside chance of victory for Yorkshire, whose current lead stands at 138 with 96 overs to bowl today.

It could be similar to last week against Hampshire here when Yorkshire had approximately 50 overs to bowl for victory at the end of the game.

We will start at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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