Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance said:

“Both Joe and Harry were really positive and scored quickly, as they always do. It was quite nice sitting up the other end watching them play nice shots whilst I nurdled it around!
“That’s what we talk about – try to bat in partnerships. So it’s a good feeling today.
“It looks like the weather will play a part. But we can’t control that. You never know, we might get a bit of cricket in tomorrow. We just have to get a first-innings lead and see where that takes us.”

6.45pm – Close Yorkshire end the day on 240-5 from 77 overs, with Ballance 91 and Bess 4. The White Rose trail Kent by 65 heading into the final two days.

6.37pm WICKET Denly gets Tattersall lbw. Yorkshire 236-5, trailing by 69.

Actually, it was caught behind.

6.25pm WICKET Brook lbw Gilchrist for 59. 233-4.

6.20pm Six overs remaining, and Yorkshire are 225-3 from 71, with Ballance 82 and Brook 58. They have shared 94, ending the day in positive fashion.

5.55pm 65-ball fifty for Brook helps Yorkshire to 204-3 after 64 overs. He has shared 73 unbroken with Ballance, who has 69. 13 overs to bowl tonight.

5.27pm Yorkshire 182-3 after 57 overs. Ballance 61 and Brook 36. We have 20 overs remaining today.

4.52pm Ballance reaches his fifty off 89 balls – excellent knock. Yorkshire 152-3 in the 48th over. 29 more to bowl tonight after this. Brook has 12.

4.28pm WICKET Root caught behind down leg off Quinn for 41, ending an 83-run stand with Ballance. Yorkshire 131-3 in the 42nd over. Seen a few strangles this year.

Tea Report Gary Ballance and Joe Root have shared a serene unbroken 79 for the third wicket to give Yorkshire a healthy start to their reply to Kent’s 305 all out on day at Emerald Headingley.

Yorkshire have reached tea on 127-2 from 40 overs, with 37 overs still to bowl before this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture reaches its halfway mark.

Ballance has 44 not out and Root 39.

Openers Adam Lyth, for 23, and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (14) fell during the first half of the afternoon session, leaving the White Rose at 48-2 in the 21st over.

Lyth clipped Darren Stevens for six over mid-wicket, only to fall caught at mid-on as he tried to go over the top again.

Kohler-Cadmore played on to the seam of Nathan Gilchrist.

But Ballance and Test captain Root have safely navigated Yorkshire away from any potential danger with a busy partnership inside 20 overs.

Ballance pulled and cut successive no balls from West Indian Miguel Cummins for a six and a four, while Root has cut, deflected, worked and punched his way towards what would be a second successive score of 50 or more against Kent this season.

He scored a century in the second innings of the win at Canterbury last month.

4.01pm – Tea Yorkshire reach 127-2 after 40 overs, recovering from 48-2 through Ballance (44) and Root (39). White Rose replying to Kent 305.

3.37pm Ballance and Root, 31 and 33, have started 60 for the third wicket, taking Yorkshire to 108-2. Great to watch this partnership.

3.25pm Yorkshire 93-2 in the 30th over. Ballance 29 and Root 20.

3.02pm 14 runs off two balls as Ballance pulls a six and drives a four off Cummins, both no balls. Yorkshire move to 68-2. Ballance 18 and Root 6.

2.50pm WICKET Kohler-Cadmore bowled by Gilchrist for 14. Yorkshire are 48-2 in the 21st over. Kohler-Cadmore played on.

2.32pm WICKET Lyth tries to take Stevens over the top and only finds Cummins at mid-on, falling for 23. 39-1 after 16.

2.21pm SIX! Lyth clips Stevens over mid-wicket, lovely shot. He has 19 of 31-0 in the 14th.

1.55pm Yorkshire are 9-0 in the seventh over, the second of the afternoon. Lyth 5 and Kohler-Cadmore 2.

Lunch Report Yorkshire were frustrated by some aggressive Kent batting during the second morning at Emerald Headingley, with the visitors bowled out for 305.

Kent started the day on 224-7 in the 90th over and added a further 81 runs inside 23 overs.

Yorkshire then replied with 7-0 from five overs at lunch.

Rain delayed the start of play by 10 minutes, and Jordan Thompson uprooted Nathan Gilchrist’s middle stump as Kent fell to 244-8 in the 98th.

Marcus O’Riordan and ninth-wicket partner Miguel Cummins, Kent’s West Indian overseas fast bowler, then shared a partnership of 60.

?O’Riordan finished with 40, but Cummins smashed two leg-side sixes in one Steve Patterson over, the second of which cleared the stand at the North East Corner of Headingley and potentially even went out of the ground.

He finished unbeaten on 28, securing a third batting point for Kent and preventing Yorkshire from claiming a third bowling bonus point as Kent reached the 110-over mark at 300-8.

The innings was wrapped up in the next two overs as Duanne Olivier forced O’Riordan to play on and Matt Quinn chipped a return catch to Dom Bess.

Adam Lyth was then dropped at point by Joe Denly off Darren Stevens on one at the start of Yorkshire’s first innings, and he will begin the afternoon on three with Tom Kohler-Cadmore on two.

1.13pm – Lunch Yorkshire 7-0 after five overs replying to @KentCricket’s 305 all out, with them advancing from 224-7 overnight. Lyth 3, Kohler-Cadmore 2.

1.01pm Nearly a first wicket as Lyth slices a drive at Stevens to point, where Denly drops it low down. Lyth on one, gets a single. 6-0 in the second over.

12.45pm WICKET Quinn caught and bowled by Bess. Kent 305 all out, and Yorkshire will bat for approximately 15 minutes before lunch.

12.39pm WICKET O’Riordan plays on to Olivier, 40. Kent 304-9 in the 111th. That wicket ends a 60 stand with Cummins 28.

12.29pm Partnership of 50 between O’Riordan and Cummins, who have 30 and 28. 294-8 after 108. One more wicket needed in two overs for a third bowling point.

12.17pm Cummins has just walloped two leg-side sixes off Patterson in the 105th over, one going over the stand in the North East Corner and possibly out of the ground. Cummins 25, Kent 285-8.

12pm An Olivier short ball has just hit Cummins on the helmet, forcing a delay whilst he’s checked over. Kent are 254-8 after 102 overs.

11.40am WICKET Gilchrist has his middle stump uprooted by Thompson for 9. Kent 244-8 in the 98th over.

11.33am Kent have moved to 243-7 after 96 overs. O’Riordan has 13 and Gilchrist 8.

11.10am Thompson completes the 90th over and now Coad to bowl the first full one of day two. Kent 225-7.

11.01am We have a start time of 11.10am.

10.48am The rain has disappeared, and the covers are coming off.

10.38am We have a bit of rain at Emerald Headingley at the moment. Covers are on, but players continue to warm up.

9.15am Some positive news elsewhere for Yorkshire. Lauren Winfield-Hill scored 140 in an England A v England XI 50-over warm-up match at Loughborough yesterday, while the seconds beat Essex in a Championship game, a match including 170 for Matthew Waite and 5-28 for Dom Leech.

9.10am Here is a look around the grounds at what happened on day one.

Nottinghamshire 188-4 v Essex 99, Trent Bridge
Warwickshire 271-7 v Worcestershire, Edgbaston
Hampshire 79 v Somerset 142-5, Ageas Bowl
Leicestershire 306-6 v Surrey, Grace Road
Middlesex 210 v Gloucestershire 19-1, Lord’s
Lancashire v Glamorgan 117-3, Old Trafford
Northamptonshire 214-5 v Sussex 106, Wantage Road

Good morning from Emerald Headingley.

The sun is shining once more as we prepare for day two of this fifth round LV= Insurance County Championship fixture.

It is amazing to think that come the end of this game, we will be halfway through the first stage of the Championship. Plenty still to look forward to, including the anticipated return of spectators for our next home match against Sussex.

This one, however, saw a highly entertaining first day yesterday, in which both sides enjoyed success. Kent closed on 224-7, including Zak Crawley’s 90 and three wickets for Ben Coad.

We should have 102.5 overs in the day today given the 6.5 cut from yesterday due to bad light.

If Yorkshire can whip Kent out for around 250 this morning, they will be in the driving seat to claim a fourth win in five games.

The stream is available once more. We get underway at 11am. Enjoy the day.

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