Yorkshire batsman Adam Lyth

“We’re in a very strong position, so we could do with the rain shifting.

“Hopefully we can get out there and keep being positive. Then we can try and declare and have a go at them.

“I’ve been on the wrong end of some pretty average decisions if I’m being honest, and it’s been a very frustrating season in red ball cricket.

“I feel like I’ve been lining the ball up pretty well and getting no rewards.

“You could probably see by my reaction when I ended up getting a hundred how pleased I was.

“I’ve had a bit of luck in this game. I was dropped a couple of times today. But, beforehand, I hadn’t been getting it.

“Finally, with a bit of luck and hanging in there, I managed to play a nice innings and put the team in a very strong position.”

2.33pm Play has been abandoned for the day here.

2.22pm No update on the weather I’m afraid. It’s still raining – and hard.

1.14pm It has started raining at Emerald Headingley now.

Lunch Report

Adam Lyth completed a superb century during the third morning of Yorkshire’s Specsavers County Championship clash with Hampshire at Emerald Headingley.

Yorkshire have advanced their second innings from 172-4 overnight to 287-5, a lead of 314.

As long as the rain stays away, which may be an optimistic hope, Yorkshire are on course for a victory which secure their Division One future.

If they draw, they are likely to only need a maximum of two points at Worcestershire next week.

Lyth began the day on 60 not out and reached his first century since last June off 179 balls with 13 fours. He will resume after lunch on 134.

He completed a fifth-wicket stand of 133 with Jonny Tattersall, who fell for 43 – the only wicket of the morning when he was caught at short fine-leg sweeping at Liam Dawson’s left-arm spin.

That left Yorkshire are 265-5, a lead of 292.

Both men were dropped this morning by sub wicketkeeper Aneurin Donald.

Tattersall was on 16 and Lyth on 94 off Kyle Abbott and Dawson.

Regular keeper Tom Alsop is suffering from a hand injury.

Interesting take on the summer

12.13pm OUT! Tattersall has fallen for 43, caught at short fine-leg sweeping at Dawson. Yorkshire 265-5, a lead of 292.

12.07pm Aneurin Donald is keepijng wicket for Hampshire, and has been all morning. We’ve only just noticed. He was the one who dropped two catches behind. Yorkshire 261-4.

11.44am Hundred for Lyth off 179 balls with 13×4s. Superb knock – his first Championship century since last June. Yorkshire 241-4, a lead of 268.

11.35am Hundred partnership between Lyth and Tattersall. 232-4.

10.43am Life for Tattersall, who gets an edge as he tries to leave Abbott alone (on 16) and is dropped behind by Alsop. 178-4.

10.34am Yorkshire have a lead of 200 as Adam Lyth picks up the first run of day three. 173-4. He has 61.

9.44am A quick look around the grounds

Division One

Yorkshire 184 and 172-4 v Hampshire 157, Headingley
Somerset 122-9 v Surrey 485, Taunton
Essex 474-7 d v Worcestershire 94 and 140-4, Chelmsford

Division Two

Sussex 224-5 v Warwickshire 440, Hove
Middlesex 423 v Derbyshire 222-6, Lord’s
Kent 436 v Glamorgan 186 and 33-4, Canterbury
Gloucestershire 125 v Northamptonshire 173, Bristol
Leicestershire beat Durham by an innings yesterday, Grace Road

Good morning from Emerald Headingley, where it is a lovely and sunny start to day three of our Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire.

Yorkshire will start the day in a position of strength at 172-4 in their second innings, leading by 199.

Adam Lyth is unbeaten on 60, with Tim Bresnan praising the Yorkshire opener last night, saying he felt the left-hander hadn’t got the rewards for his endeavours over the last month or so.

Fingers crossed, he can go on and convert into a century this morning.

There is the prospect of rain later on today, but it seems a world away at the moment.

Enjoy the day.

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