MATCH CENTRE 

4.49pm – The match ends in a draw. Yorkshire take 13 points from their seventh game to Gloucestershire’s 12. We’re back in action in the Blast at Lancashire on Friday evening.

4.32pm – WICKET! Hill caught at slip off Chris Dent, who has just come into the attack, 25. It’s 200-6, a lead of 286. And we’re off for rain.

4.25pm – This game has been drifting for some time, but we’re surely into the final half hour of play as the players can shake hands at 4.50pm. Yorkshire 196-5, leading by 282. Hill 25 and Revis 17.

3.57pm – WICKET! Ben Charlesworth’s first ball gets Tattersall caught at first slip for one. It’s 161-5 in the 40th over.

3.54pm – WICKET! Malan caught behind off Gohar, 20. We’re 160-4, leading by 246. Jonny Tattersall on his way to the crease to join Hill, who has seven.

3.48pm – Yorkshire 153-3 in the 37th over, a lead of 239. Malan 17 and Hill seven. We have 41 overs remaining after this.

3.40pm – Play is just about to resume. Tea was taken at 3.10pm, not 3.30pm. So we’re about to get going. Seven overs have been lost, so 43.2 overs remaining. We’re 148-3 with a lead of 234.

3.15pm – Tea Report Yorkshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Gloucestershire is heading for a draw.

Yorkshire are 148-3 at tea, leading by 234 with one session remaining. But bad light and rain has meant no play since just before 3pm, with the umpires calling for tea to be taken at 3.30pm. When the players left the field, there were 50.2 overs remaining. If and when play does resume, that number will be cut.

Adam Lyth completed a pleasing 55 during the afternoon session as Yorkshire advanced from 73-0.

They lost Fin Bean caught behind for 38 off Zafar Gohar’s spin, while Lyth was caught at first slip off Zaman Akhter’s seam and Shan Masood bowled reverse sweeping at fellow Pakistani Gohar.

Bad light stopped play initially before rain arrived shortly afterwards.

3.09pm – Tea to be taken at 3.30pm.

2.55pm – BAD LIGHT: Yorkshire 148-3 in the 35th over, leading by 234. Malan 17 and Hill 2. It’s actually rolled in pretty quickly as well. Only in the last 10 minutes has it looked gloomy, but there looks to be some threatening clouds in the distance.

2.37pm – WICKET! Masood bowled reverse sweeping at Gohar, 32. We’re 135-3 in the 31st over. The lead is 221.

2.32pm – WICKET! Lyth caught at first slip by Ollie Price off Zaman Akhter for 55. It’s 129-2 in the 30th over. We lead by 215 with 55.2 overs remaining in the day.

2.25pm – Lyth reaches his fifty off 77 balls with six fours, his latest boundary getting him there – swept off Gohar. We’re 126-1 in the 29th over, leading by 212 with a little over 57 overs remaining in the day.

2.06pm – It’s fair to say we can rule out any thought of a contrived finish from here. Yorkshire’s progress in the second innings has been steady to 96-1 in the 25th over, a lead of 182. Lyth has 39 and Masood 15.

1.50pm – Yorkshire have moved to 83-1 in the 21st over, a lead of 169. Lyth 39 and Masood four.

1.41pm – WICKET! We’re up and running after lunch, and Bean has edged Zafar Gohar’s left-arm spin behind, 38. It’s 73-1 in the 19th over. We lead by 159. Shan Masood is in now.

1.17pm – Lunch Report Yorkshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Headingley looks to be heading towards a draw, bar a last-minute contrivance.

Ollie Price advanced from 97 not out overnight to a maiden first-team century in the day’s first over as Gloucestershire, replying to a first-innings 550-9 declared, were bowled out for 464.

They had started day four on 421-8. Yorkshire’s second innings has since advanced patiently to 72-0 from 18 overs at lunch, a lead of 158. Fin Bean is 38 not out and Adam Lyth unbeaten on 32. 

Loanee left-arm spinner Dan Moriarty finished with 5-139 on debut, claiming the last wicket to fall in the Gloucestershire innings when he bowled Price for 113 off 162 balls.

The day had started with Dom Leech getting Matt Taylor caught at slip by George Hill with the seventh ball of proceedings.

With only two sessions now remaining in this Division One fixture, and a minimum of 67 overs, time is running out even for a contrived finish. But until we see how the start of the afternoon session develops, it’s something which can’t be ruled out as both camps may get together over a sandwich to discuss a way forwards. 

Bean did pull Price’s off-spin for six into the East Stand just before lunch.

1pm – Australia have reached lunch on 73-1, Josh Tongue has just bowled Usman Khawaja.

12.45pm – Fifteen minutes to lunch, and we’re 48-0 after 14 overs, leading by 134 runs with 71 overs remaining in the day. Bean 27 and Lyth 19.

12.19pm – Yorkshire 21-0 after eight overs of the second innings, leading by 107. Lyth has nine and Bean 10. Watchful stuff.

11.53am – Yorkshire are 9-0 in the third over of the second innings, which started with 85 overs remaining in the day. We’re 9-0 with a lead of 85.

11.36am – WICKET! Ollie Price bowled by Dan Moriarty, who finishes with 5-139. Many congratulations. Gloucestershire are 464 all out, a Yorkshire lead of 86.

11.23am – Gloucestershire 447-9 after 101 overs, trailing by 103.

11.15am – Get the feeling this might be one of those iconic images. Jonny Bairstow has just carried a protester off the Lord’s outfield.

Jonny Bairstow

Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images. Jonny Bairstow.

11.04am – WICKET! Matt Taylor has edged Dom Leech’s first ball of the morning to George Hill at first slip, 4. It’s 425-9, a Yorkshire lead of 125.

11.01am – Ollie Price has reached his maiden first-team century for Gloucestershire, off 145 balls. Gloucestershire are 425-8 in the opening over of the day, bowled by George Hill. Dom Leech is sharing early morning bowling duties.

10.32am – England have won the toss and will be bowling first at Lord’s.

9am – England have just confirmed their senior women’s T20I squad for the trio of Ashes matches, starting on Saturday. Lauren Winfield-Hill is in.

They have also confirmed an A squad for a trio of ODIs against Australia A from today through until Sunday. Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage is in, as is team-mate Bess Heath.

Fantastic news, and many congratulations to all.

Though that means they are all like to miss Sunday’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy clash with South East Stars at Beckenham.

8.50am – Good morning from Headingley. It’s an overcast but dry start to the final day of our Championship clash with Gloucestershire.

The match, as things stand, is heading for a draw. Gloucestershire, replying to a first-innings 550-9 declared, are 421-8, a deficit of 129. Ollie Price is unbeaten on 97, three shy of his maiden first-team hundred.

But Yorkshire have not given up hope of winning this one. Shan Masood was saying last night that if they can get the two remaining wickets quickly, they could push on with the bat and set the visitors a testing target in the latter stages of the day. It would take a very special performance to achieve it, but it’s not out of the question.

The other thing which isn’t out of the question is the contrived finish. The state of the game would seem to lend itself to that. Here’s a scenario. We spend a couple of overs trying to get a few things out of the way this morning. Price’s ton and the bonus points – Gloucestershire to 450 and Yorkshire nine wickets. Then Yorkshire are served up quick runs to match a target which suits. Something like 280 in 70 overs, for example. Then it’s game on.

Both sides are towards the bottom of the table and need wins. Being in Division Two, they can’t go down obviously. So there’s nothing really to lose. We shall see now the day pans out.

If you want to recap yesterday’s action, you can do via our Match Report and reaction piece with captain Masood. They are both linked below.

MATCH REPORT 

SHAN MASOOD

There’s also the small matter of the second Ashes Test starting at Lord’s today. We shall keep you updated with ongoings there.

The live stream for this match is available via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page. Enjoy the day.

 

 

 

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