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Yorkshire’s Dom Bess said:

“Three wickets in half an hour, you’re probably being quite greedy and looking at batting by tea-time. But it showed that it’s a really good wicket.
“It’s also quite quick-scoring here. If you’re not on with the ball, you can leak and be quite expensive at times.
“Haris (Rauf) bowled really well to start with, but our standards weren’t as good.
“It was one of those days. 270 for six, you can look at it and say it’s quite even.
“If we can get them for under 300, it’s a good pitch and with our batting line-up, we should be going on past that. But let’s get to that tomorrow.”

6.12pm BAD LIGHT: Kent 270-6 from 81 overs. And that’s it for the day.

6.06pm WICKET Patterson traps Robinson lbw for 58, and Kent are now 266-6 after 80 overs. The new ball is due with eight overs remaining in the day. Thompson returns.

5.50pm Patterson has just come into the attack from the Howard Stand End, and Ollie Robinson has reached his fifty off 94 balls with 6×4s. Kent 250-5 in the 76th of 88 to be bowled today.

5.35pm WICKET Bell-Drummond miscues a pull at Revis and is caught by Rauf at mid-on for a fine 109. 227-5 in the 72nd over.

5.27pm Kent have moved to 216-4 in the 70th over. Conditions remain gloomy, though Bell-Drummond and Robinson continue to advance. They have 108 and 24 respectively and have shared 63 unbroken. Almost 19 overs remain in the day.

5.11pm Play to resume at 5.15pm. 22.4 overs remain.

4.17pm Only eight balls bowled after tea, and we’re off for bad light. Kent 200-4 in the 66th over. Bell-Drummond 100 and Robinson 16.

Tea Report Daniel Bell-Drummond has posted a second hundred of the summer to ensure Kent have had the better of things against Yorkshire on day one at Headingley.

?The experienced number three has led his side’s recovery from 20-3 inside 10 overs this morning to reach tea at 199-4 from 64 overs, with him unbeaten on 100.

Bell-Drummond shared 133 for the fourth wicket either side of lunch with Jordan Cox, who was the only afternoon wicket to fall when trapped lbw by Dom Bess for 68.

That left Kent, who had gone to lunch at 89-3 from 29 overs, at 153-4 in the 47th.

Conditions under an overcast sky – and the floodlights for a large part of play – haven’t been as favourable as Yorkshire would have either hoped for or expected after Steve Patterson won the toss this morning.

Bell-Drummond reached his century off 172 balls, including 16 fours, just before tea

While Patterson and off-spinner Bess have been Yorkshire’s most frugal bowlers, Pakistan quick Haris Rauf has looked their most likely weapon.

Having taken the first three this morning, he could yet end with a five-for or more on home debut.

3.50pm – Tea Kent Cricket have advanced to 199-4 in their first innings – 64 overs bowled. Bell-Drummond has reached 100 not out, with the only afternoon wicket to fall being Cox (68) to Bess. Robinson is also unbeaten on 15.

3.45pm Hundred for Daniel Bell-Drummond has come off 172 balls with 16 fours, his second in as many games. Kent have moved to 197-4 after 62 overs, with Robinson supporting him on 14.

2.52pm WICKET Cox trapped lbw Bess, who has struck with his fourth ball. Gone for a well made 68, Kent now 153-4 in the 47th over.

Much needed wicket, that one, ending a partnership of 132 with Bell-Drummond, who remains unbeaten on 71.

2.12pm Cox reaches his fifty off 79 balls with 8×4s and has just completed a century partnership with Bell-Drummond. Kent now 122-3 after 37 overs.

1.43pm Oh no, Lyth can’t cling on going to his left at second slip as Bell-Drummond, on 50, edges Patterson. 89-3.

Lunch Report Haris Rauf struck an early triple blow for Yorkshire before a Kent recovery prior to lunch on day one of the LV= Insurance County Championship fixture at Headingley.

Yorkshire gained significant early reward through their Pakistan overseas quick having won the toss, with the injury-hit visitors falling to 20-3 under an overcast sky.

Rauf claimed them all in a devastating five-over new ball burst, taking the wickets of in-form opener Ben Compton, England’s Zak Crawley and stand-in captain Jack Leaning, the latter back on home turf.

That left the visitors under the cosh inside 10 overs, but Daniel Bell-Drummond and Jordan Cox have recovered them, with the former reaching a 73-ball fifty shortly before the break to ensure a lunchtime score of 89-3 from 29 overs.

Bell-Drummond will begin the afternoon on 50 and Cox 27, the pair sharing 69 so far.

Rauf, on home debut alongside Sri Lankan batter Dimuth Karunaratne, squared up left-handed Compton and had him caught behind for three in the sixth over – 11-1.

Crawley (4) was lbw playing to leg shortly afterwards before Leaning was trapped in front, stuck on the crease, for a duck two balls into his first game of the season following a hamstring injury.

He is captaining Kent in place of Sam Billings, who is at the IPL. They are also missing Australian seamer Jackson Bird and veteran all-rounder Darren Stevens through injury.

Kent have scored a large number of their runs through boundaries, something which Yorkshire will be keen to cut back on as the afternoon session begins.

1.01pm – Lunch Kent have recovered from 20-3 – all wickets to Haris Rauf – to reach 89-3 from 29 overs. Bell-Drummond 50 and Cox 27.

12.53pm Harry Brook enters the attack for Yorkshire in the closing stages of a morning which was dominated early by the hosts following a Kent fightback. 87-3.

Hang on, make that 89-3 as Bell-Drummond reaches a 73-ball fifty with nine fours.

12.22pm The floodlights are on at Headingley now as Patterson and Revis search for wicket number four. Bell-Drummond has eight boundaries in 39 not out and Cox has supported him with 14.

12.07pm Kent have reached 53-3 in the 15th over. Bell-Drummond has 29 of them.

*11.50am** Revis into the attack for Yorkshire, replacing Rauf (3-16 from five overs). Kent are 35-3 in the 12th. Bell-Drummond has 20 of them and Cox 8.

11.41am WICKET Rauf again. He’s causing havoc. Leaning goes lbw for a second ball duck. It’s 20-3 in the 10th over and our overseas star has figures of 3-8.

11.34am WICKET Rauf gets Crawley lbw for 4. England Test departs as Kent fall to 16-2 in the eighth over. Rauf having success from the newly named Howard Stand End.

11.24am WICKET Compton edges Rauf behind, squared up it seemed, 3. 11-1 in the sixth. Wicket followed by a huge leap in the air from the Pakistan as he celebrates his first wicket in front of the Headingley faithful.

11.18am Quiet start to proceedings at Headingley. Kent are 11-0 after five overs, bowled by Thompson. Compton 3, Crawley 4. In comes Rauf….

11.01am Ben Stokes has just been announced as England’s new Test captain, replacing Joe Root.

11am Thompson takes the new ball. Compton and Crawley opening for Kent.

10.40am Yorkshire have won the toss and will bowl first.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Karunaratne, Hill, Malan, Brook, Duke w, Bess, Thompson, Revis, Patterson c, Rauf.

Kent: Compton, Crawley, Bell-Drummond, Leaning c, Cox, Robinson w, Linde, Stewart, Milnes, Gilchrist, Quinn.

10.04am Matthew Revis has just been presented with his second-team cap in Yorkshire’s pre-match huddle before being high-fived and hugged by team-mates and coaches, including Ottis Gibson and Darren Gough.

9.45am Before we get going, let’s have a look around the grounds….

Division One

Essex v Northamptonshire, Chelmsford
Gloucestershire v Surrey, Bristol
Hampshire v Lancashire, Ageas Bowl
Somerset v Warwickshire, Taunton

Division Two

Derbyshire v Glamorgan, County Ground
Middlesex v Leicestershire, Lord’s
Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire, Trent Bridge
Sussex v Durham, Hove

9.38am If you want to recap our preview, with new overseas signing Dimuth Karunaratne, it is here.

Good memories of Headingley, and he’s hoping to make some more.

Preview here

9.22am The link to the live stream is actually available now.

Live Stream here.

Good morning from Headingley, where it is an overcast start to the day.

We welcome Kent for our opening home game of the summer following a win and a draw on the road at Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire.

It is a dry start to the day, though grey overhead.

Ottis Gibson has named a 12-man squad – the eleven who played at Northants plus Tom Loten.

Kent will be captained by ex-Yorkshire Championship winner Jack Leaning, who plays his first game of the season following a hamstring injury.

Kent have drawn one and lost two, the latter both coming at home in the last fortnight against Lancashire and Hampshire.

The live stream, for which there is a link above, will be up and running shortly before 11am. Enjoy the day.

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