5.30pm – WICKET! Revis bowled by Fletcher – in-ducker – for 20. That’s close at 294-5, with bad light prevailing. Hill excellent for 82 not out.

5.21pm – SIX! Hill hoists Pocklington over mid-wicket to move to 74. 282-4 after 44 overs.

5.02pm – WICKET! Tattersall miscues left-arm spinner Pocklington to short cover for 35. Yorkshire 249-4. Revis in now to join Hill, who has 61.

4.37pm – Hill reaches an excellent fifty off 49 balls with a glorious straight drive – his eighth boundary. 228-3 in the 34th.

4.26pm – A Hill boundary wide of the slips brings up our 200. It’s 203-3, and he has 39.

4.09pm – Yorkshire have moved to 181-3 after 27 overs. Hill 28 and Tattersall 5. We will be playing through to 6pm unless light becomes an issue.

3.49pm – Mickey Edwards bowling during the tea interval, with Matthew Fisher for company.

Mickey Edwards

3.42pm – That’s tea. Yorkshire reach 172-3 after 26 overs. Bean 62 and Lyth 34. Hill is unbeaten on 25 and Tattersall 3. Watson has 3-48 for Leeds/Bradford. 

3.30pm – WICKET! Good catch by Duke diving in front of first slip does for Wharton. He goes for 8, and it’s 146-3 after 23 overs. Watson has all three wickets. Tattersall in now.

3.13pm – WICKET! Bean has flicked Watson to square-leg, good low catch by Fletcher. Falls for a well made 62, and it’s 131-2 after 19 overs. Hill in now to join Wharton, who has 2.

2.58pm – WICKET! Lyth plays on to Watson, 34. Yorkshire 114-1 in the 17th over. Bean has 53. Wharton in at three. The floodlights are now on.

2.48pm – Half-century for Bean off 42 balls with 11x4s. 104-0 in the 15th over. Excellent.

2.45pm – A 10th boundary for Bean is beautifully driven through the covers off seamer Fletcher, and with it the century partnership. He has 46. 100-0 in the 14th. Lyth has 29.

2.36pm – Adam Lyth and Fin Bean at the crease for Yorkshire this afternoon.

Lyth and Bean LBMCCU

2.28pm – Lyth is dropped dropped 24 at first slip off Porter. Squared up by a good ball. Yorkshire 71-0.

2.17pm – Yorkshire have moved to 53-0 after after eight overs. Lyth 16, Bean 20.

1.48pm – Yorkshire are 24-0 after two overs. Bean has 12, including three boundaries. Two of them have beaten long-leg racing around to deep backward square.

1.37pm – The players are on their way out to the middle. Lyth and Bean opening for Yorkshire.

1.23pm – Yorkshire will be batting first.

12.46pm – Confirmation that play will start at 1.40pm.

12.05pm – Ottis Gibson has given us a prospects of play update.

The coach said: “The sun has come out, but it’s a bit wet. 

“The umpires said they will have a look at 1pm, and we’ll have lunch with a view to starting around 1.40pm if it’s ok.

“I’ve spoken to Andrew Lawson, the Leeds/Bradford coach, and his boys are happy to get out and bowl.

“What I’ve said is that if I don’t want risk for my players, I don’t want it for his either. So let’s make sure it’s right for both teams. If it is, we will bat for two two-hour sessions this afternoon.

“I’m not sure how it’s looking for Thursday, not great it seems. But hopefully we can get some cricket in this afternoon and a full day tomorrow. Hopefully then, that allows us to get some good cricket in before bad weather comes in on Thursday.”

11.42am – The sun is shining at Headingley now. There’s increasing confidence that we will see some play this afternoon.

10.09am – A good number of players from both sides are netting on the practice pitches next to the West Stand. Dom Bess is also doing some running with strength and conditioning coach Harry Booker as he recovers from the quad strain he picked up in Abu Dhabi last week.

9.55am – We will have a delayed start and an inspection at 1pm here at Headingley. Umpires Steve O’Shaughnessy and Naeem Ashraf have been out in the middle for the last 20 minutes or so assessing conditions.

9.19am – Players are starting to warm up on the outfield. A couple of the Leeds/Bradford lads are having a net.

8.30am – Good morning from Headingley ahead of our friendly clash with Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities – this the first day of three.

It is a dry and bright morning at HQ. At the moment, Richard Robinson and his grounds team are working on the square and the outfield. The cut strip – over towards the West Stand side of the square – is being cut and rolled, while a blotter is getting some water off the covers which currently sit on the practice wickets.

Adam Lyth is out in the middle no doubt asking about the prospects of play. We will bring you news when we get it.

You can read our preview of this fixture with Ottis Gibson, who has been reflecting on the success of the recent pre-season tour to Abu Dhabi, via the link below.

Preview 

This is the first of five scheduled days of friendly action at Headingley through to next Monday, with Durham visiting for a behind closed doors fixture on Sunday and Monday.

We will have updates throughout the day, which is due to get going at 11am all being well.

Enjoy the day. It’s great to be back.

 

 

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