Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson said:

“With the amount of bounce, carry and excessive seam movement last week, we felt bowling would be the right choice. As it turned out, the pitch was very different. It was a lot slower and lower.
“It was hard work. We started well, kept it dry for a long period of time – going at two an over. At 60 for three, we felt if we could get them 90 for five we’d be on top. But, in fairness, Crawley and Jack Leaning played nicely.
“I said last week I thought 260 on that pitch would be par. And this is better. I’d say more 280 is par score on there.”

6.05pm Close of play has been confirmed.

5.44pm We’re off for rain. 89.1 overs bowled, and Kent are 224-7. That will almost certainly be it for the day. Three wickets for Coad and two for Patterson.

5.32pm WICKET Coad gets Stevens caught behind for 9. 217-7 in the 87th. Big wicket for Yorkshire as they get the 2019 double centurion.

5.09pm Yorkshire have taken the new ball through Coad and Thompson. Stevens has just been dropped on nought by Brook at third slip. Tough chance low to left.

4.57pm WICKET Leaning caught at slip by Lyth off Brook for 47. 206-5 after 78. Huge wicket that just before the new ball.

4.41pm New ball not too long off for Yorkshire, who are still on the hunt for wicket number five. Leaning and Robinson have 44 and 30 respectively, sharing and unbroken 53. Kent 197-4 in the 74th.

4.18pm We’re into the third over of the evening session, with the sun poking through. Coad bowls to Leaning, and Kent are 167-4 in the 67th. Leaning 33 and Robinson 11.

Tea Report England batsman Zak Crawley and Jack Leaning have led Kent’s recovery from 65-3 against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley.

Kent, invited to bat at the start of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture, lost Daniel Bell-Drummond, Jordan Cox and Joe Denly before lunch.

But they have since reached tea on 155-4 from 64 overs, with Crawley the only wicket to fall after lunch for 90 off 171 balls.

He shared 79 inside 32 overs with former White Rose Championship winner Leaning, who will begin the evening session on 28 having taken 29 balls to get off the mark.

Both sides have been full of endeavour, with Yorkshire controlling the run-rate.

Crawley handed Steve Patterson his second wicket of the day when he miscued a drive and lobbed a catch to Joe Root at cover, leaving Kent at 144-4 in the 59th over.

3.47pm – Tea Both sides battling hard here at Emerald Headingley. Kent advance to 155-4 after 64 overs. Leaning 28 and Robinson 4. Patterson got rid of Crawley for 90, the only wicket of the session.

3.28pm WICKET Crawley has miscued a drive at Patterson and lobbed a catch up to Root at cover, falling for 90 off 171 balls. Kent 144-4 in the 59th. Much needed that wicket. Robinson in to join Leaning on 25.

3.19pm Yorkshire still searching for wicket number four. While the likes of Patterson, Coad, Thompson and Bess have been tidy, Kent have navigated their threat admirably through Crawley and Leaning, who have shared an unbroken 74. Crawley 85 and Leaning 25. 139-2 in the 57th over.

2.31pm Kent 97-3 in the 45th over. Crawley 58 and Leaning 11. Thompson and Olivier searching for wicket number four. Yorkshire have been miserly today. Tough going for Kent’s batsmen, but they are fighting through it.

2.14pm Crawley reaches his fifty off 112 balls with 7×4s. Kent 83-3 after 40 overs. Leaning 5.

2pm 29 balls for Leaning to get off the mark, with a clipped boundary off Coad to long-leg. 77-3 in the 37th.

1.55pm It is currently raining here, but play continues for now with the lights on. Kent 73-3 in the 36th over. Crawley 45 and Leaning 0.

1.41pm Leaning is being made to wait for his first run in three innings against Yorkshire this season. Patterson is bowling the first over after lunch – Kent 66-3 – and he has faced 17 balls without a run so far. Crawley 38.

Lunch Report Yorkshire have enjoyed a useful opening morning with the ball against Kent at Emerald Headingley, restricting the Canterbury side to 66-3 from 31 overs at lunch.

Yorkshire’s pursuit of a fourth win in five LV= Insurance County Championship fixtures has so far yielded the wickets of Daniel Bell-Drummond, Jordan Cox and Joe Denly.

Ben Coad, Steve Patterson and Jordan Thompson have all struck.

Patterson won the toss and opted to bowl against a Kent side who were beaten inside two days by Glamorgan last week and are severely depleted by injuries – more so in their bowling department.

Coad and Joe Root have returned to Yorkshire’s eleven after injury and rest, replacing David Willey and Will Fraine respectively.

Coad struck with the sixth ball of the match, getting Kent captain Bell-Drummond caught low down at third slip by Harry Brook – 4-1.

England Test batsman Zak Crawley and opener Cox (20) shared a confident 42 for the second wicket, with the latter taking a quartet of boundaries off Duanne Olivier in conditions which are not as bowler-friendly as the Northamptonshire game last week.

Both men drove handsomely straight of mid-on.

Patterson then claimed Yorkshire’s second wicket when Cox edged to a diving Adam Lyth at second slip in the 20th over, leaving Kent at 46-2.

And a third was not too far behind as Denly was also caught at second slip by Lyth, for three, as the score fell to 65-3 in the 27th over.

Crawley will begin the afternoon on 38 not out, while Jack Leaning is yet to get off the mark.

1.01pm – Lunch Kent, invited to bat, have reached 66-3 from 31 overs, with Test batsman Crawley 38 and Leaning yet to get off the mark. Wickets for Coad, Patterson and Thompson.

12.44pm WICKET Denly caught Lyth at second off Thompson for 3. Undone by one which left him a touch as he drove. 65-3 in the 27th.

12.32pm Crawley has just punched Bess off the back foot through the covers for four, moving to 28. Lovely shot. 54-2.

12.14pm WICKET Cox edges Patterson to Lyth at second slip, where he takes a sharp catch tumbling to his right. Gone for 20. Kent 46-2 in the 20th.

11.55am Kent have recovered impressively from that first over wicket, with Cox and Crawley both playing nicely at 11 and 17. Kent 33-1.

11.48am Double bowling change for Yorkshire, with Patterson and Olivier into the attack. Kent 29-1 after 13.

11.28am Kent 21-0 in the eighth over. Crawley 15 and Cox 1.

11.19am Very tidy start by Coad and Thompson with the new nut. Kent are 8-1 after five overs, including three successive maidens. England Test batsman Crawley is alongside Cox at the crease.

11.04am WICKET Bell-Drummond caught at third slip low down by Brook off the sixth ball of the match, giving Coad immediate success. Kent 4-1 after one.

11.01am We’re up and running with Coad bowling to Bell-Drummond. Lbw appeal first ball and a cut four the second.

10.36am Yorkshire have won the toss and will bowl first.


Yorkshire: Lyth, Kohler-Cadmore, Ballance, Root, Brook, Tattersall w, Bess, Thompson, Patterson c, Coad, Olivier.

Kent: Bell-Drummond c, Cox, Crawley, Denly, Leaning, Robinson w, Stevens, O’Riordan, Gilchrist, Cummins, Quinn.

10.30am Captains Patterson and Bell-Drummond out there at the toss.

Not sure who won the toss, but Yorkshire are bowling.

Good morning from Emerald Headingley.

It is another lovely morning here at HQ ahead of our fifth Championship match of the season, though still with that nip in the air.

Having only just calmed down following Sunday’s one-run win over Northants here, we go again against Kent bidding for a fourth victory.

Ben Coad and Joe Root return following injury and rest, while Kent have a much changed squad to choose from following bowling injuries to Harry Podmore and Matt Milnes. They have signed Matt Quinn on loan from Essex.

Kent sit bottom of Group Three, with their most recent game ending in a two-day defeat against Glamorgan last week.

The live stream is available once more for what is hoped will be the final Championship match without the presence of spectators. We get underway at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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