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7.03pm – CLOSE Shortened by 36 overs, but what a day for Yorkshire and what a day for Fin Bean, whose maiden first-team century in competitive action – 118 – was the feature of 285-3 from 60 overs. Malan will resume on 91 in the morning. It’s great to be back.

6.42pm – WICKET! Bean’s fabulous 118 is ended by a smart catch at first slip by Ackermann off Finan. It’s 269-3 in the 54th over. Milnes in as nightwatchman.

6.20pm – HUNDRED! What. An. Innings. Stunning from Fin Bean, who reaches his maiden century in first-team colours, excluding friendlies, off 132 balls with 17 fours. We have moved to 240-2 in the 49th over, with Malan on 73.

6.12pm – Yorkshire 225-2 in the 46th over. Calm progression for Yorkshire over the last 45 minutes or so. Bean 92 and Malan 72. Colin Ackermann has just come into the attack bowling his off-spin. Rehan Ahmed has still only bowled that one morning over which cost him 22.

5.54pm – Bean and Malan (61) have just brought up their century partnership, and almost immediately the former drives Wright for four to move to 91. We are 208-2. Excellent.

5.43pm – Yorkshire have moved to 195-2 from 40 overs. Bean yet to add to the 82 he had before play was stopped, while Malan has moved to 59. Just a reminder, batting bonus points are now awarded at 250, 300, 350, 400 and 450.

5.28pm – And we’re up and running again. Chris Wright is bowling to Fin Bean on 82. Dawid Malan has 51, and we are 186-2.

5.14pm – Confirmation. We will restart at 5.30pm. There are 23.4 overs remaining in the day.

5.12pm – Looking promising for a bit more cricket. The umpires have just finished their inspection, and the covers are off.

4.36pm – The rain has stopped and the ground staff are out again trying to get things ready. Inspection at 5pm.

Rain

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4.12pm – There will be a further inspection at 4.30pm.

There was a stage this morning when this was the only game in play in Division Two. Now it’s the only game interrupted by the weather.

3.51pm – We are nearing the inspection. There have been a few reports of more rain in the air from colleagues in the press box, but nothing major at all. And the covers are being peeled back by the ground staff. Fingers crossed for some good news shortly.

3.24pm – Tea. Here’s our report from the shortened afternoon session.

Dawid Malan joined Fin Bean in passing 50 as Yorkshire continued their excellent start to the opening LV= Insurance County Championship fixture of the new season against Leicestershire at Headingley after lunch.

Malan reached 51 not out by the time rain cut short the session just before 2.30pm, with Bean unbeaten on 82 in the county’s 186-2.

Leicestershire have been shorn of the services of seamer Matt Salisbury after he left the field injured having pulled up midway through his eighth over.

The heavy rain fell for around half an hour before stopping to allow the ground staff to begin the mopping up process. An inspection has been pencilled in for 4pm. 

3.11pm – Umpires Ben Debenham and Paul Pollard will inspect at 4pm. In the meantime, they have taken tea.

3.05pm – The rain has stopped and the sun is out again. Fingers crossed for some more cricket reasonably soon. It’s likely the umpires will take tea and assess from there.

2.30pm – It has actually closed in now and is coming down very hard, unfortunately.

2.24pm – Ah, it’s raining. Famous last words, but it hopefully nothing more than a shower given the sun is still out. We are 186-2 in the 37th over. Bean has 82 and Malan 51.

2.20pm – Malan reaches an effortless looking fifty off 56 balls with seven fours. We have moved to 186-2, with Bean on 82.

2.11pm – Problem for Leicestershire as Matt Salisbury leaves the field having pulled up two balls through his eighth over. Finan is completing the 34th over of the innings. Yorkshire 170-2.

1.51pm – Yorkshire have moved to 141-2 in the 30th over, scoring at more than four runs an over without really breaking sweat at the moment. Bean 68 and Malan 22.

1.02pm – Lunch. Here’s our report from the morning session…….

Fin Bean has scored a superb unbeaten 65 off 73 balls to underpin Yorkshire’s healthy start to their season-opening LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Leicestershire at Headingley.

Bean’s second fifty – his best score so far – in his fourth Championship match has been a classy affair full of some eye-catching strokes on either side of the wicket and has been the feature knock of 134-2 from 27 overs.

In the Headingley sunshine, he has supplemented scores of 21 from stand-in captain Adam Lyth and 24 for fellow youngster James Wharton. They were trapped lbw and caught behind down leg by left-arm seamers Josh Hull and Michael Finan.

Bean took the lion’s share, including four boundaries, off England leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed’s only over, which cost him 22 during the second half of the session.

Yorkshire, handing debuts to Shai Hope and Matt Milnes, were invited to bat this morning. Dawid Malan will begin the afternoon on 17.

12.46pm – Just the one over for Rehan Ahmed, the leg-spinner who has been brought back down to earth with a bit of a bump following his stunning winter. Yorkshire 111-2. Bean 56 and Malan 5.

12.33pm – WICKET! Wharton caught behind down leg off Finan for 24. He was looking so good as well, just like Bean at the other end. It’s now 104-2.

12.28pm – Crikey, Bean has taken Rehan Ahmed’s first over for the majority of the 22 he conceded, including four fours. His first ball was a shoulder high full toss, signalled a no ball. The left-hander has moved to a superb fifty off 57 balls. It’s now 104-1 in the 21st over.

12.15pm – This is the only match in Division Two in play, the others at Derbyshire, Sussex and Glamorgan all delayed starts. Yorkshire 73-1 in the 18th over. Bean 34 and Wharton 15. They have shared 38.

Fin Bean cuts v Leics day one

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12.01pm – I’ll get hammered for this if he nicks off next ball, but Fin Bean has looked superb so far in moving to 26. He has just driven Matt Salisbury for four. Yorkshire have moved to 57-1 in the 15th over.

11.56am – Bluey joined the lads in warm-ups this morning as he continues his recovery from injury.

Jonny Bairstow

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11.40am – WICKET! Lyth has been trapped lbw by left-arm seamer Josh Hull, who has only just come into the attack. His fourth ball on debut accounts for the home skipper for 21. We are 35-1 in the 10th over. Bean has 14 and has been joined at the crease by James Wharton.

11.29am – Lyth has top-edged a pull over the slips for four twice in the opening half hour’s play. He has 17 of 27-0.

11.10am – New season, same old Adam Lyth as he drives Wright handsomely through the covers for four. Fabulous shot. 10-0 after three overs.

11.05am – Tom Kohler-Cadmore will have to wait for his Somerset debut. Day One between Somerset and Warwickshire at Taunton has been abandoned already due to a wet outfield. Wouldn’t exactly say it’s cracking the flags here at Headingley, but it’s as nice a day as you could expect in early April.

10.59am – The new season is underway, and a minute early at that. Chris Wright is bowling to Adam Lyth. Fin Bean is the stand-in captain’s opening partner. After a couple of dots, Lyth top-edges a pull over the slips for four.

10.54am – So Shai Hope keeps wicket and will bat in the middle order at the venue he became the first man to score two centuries in the same game when playing for the West Indies in 2017.

Shai Hope arrival

10.42am – Team news…..

Yorkshire: Lyth c, Bean, Wharton, Malan, Hope w, Hill, Revis, Bess, Thompson, Milnes, Coad. 

Leicestershire: Patel, Budinger, Hill c, Ackermann, Handscomb w, Mulder, Ahmed, Wright, Finan, Salisbury, Hull. 

10.34am – Leicestershire captain Lewis Hill has won the toss and will bowl first.

10.28am – Adam Lyth is captaining Yorkshire this week. He’s out in the middle for the toss.

9.51am – The weather is absolutely glorious at Headingley at the moment. Wall to wall sunshine. The players are warming up. Shai Hope is having a bat in the nets. We’ve had no confirmation yet, but from just watching the warm-ups, it seems like Harry Duke may be gearing up to play. Can’t see Jonny Tattersall knocking about.

8.50am – Before we get going, here’s a run through of the rest of the fixtures around the country.

DIV TWO:

Derbyshire v Worcestershire, Incora County Ground, Derby

Glamorgan v Gloucestershire, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Sussex v Durham, 1st Central County Ground, Hove

DIV ONE:

Hampshire v Nottinghamshire, Ageas Bowl.

Kent v Northamptonshire, Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence

Lancashire v Surrey, Emirates Old Trafford

Middlesex v Essex, Lord’s

Somerset v Warwickshire, Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

8.30am – Good morning from Headingley, where it is a dry but overcast start to day one of the new summer.

We’re all set for the Championship Division Two opener against Leicestershire, which is due to get underway at 11am.

There has been some overnight rain, but the covers are off and the ground staff are working hard to get things up to speed. As things stand, things look to be on course for a start on time. There is, however, always that age-old caveat of, ‘If there’s no further rain’.

Yorkshire will be without new captain Shan Masood due to international commitments with Pakistan. He is set to miss the first four Championship games through until mid-May. Jonny Tattersall will deputise as long as he has recovered from the finger knock suffered in the weekend University friendly. The suggestion yesterday was that he would undergo a fitness test this morning.

Last minute overseas signing Shai Hope will debut having arrived from the West Indies yesterday lunchtime.

For Leicestershire, who finished bottom of Division Two without a win all year in 2022, they are likely to pick England leg-spinning whizkid Rehan Ahmed in their team. Overseas duo Wiaan Mulder and Peter Handscomb are also in their squad.

If you want to read the match preview, with thoughts from Ottis Gibson, Ali Maiden and George Hill, you can do so via the link below.

MATCH PREVIEW

For those not in attendance, there will be a live stream available to watch the action. You can view that and the scorecard via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page.

Enjoy the day.

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