MATCH CENTRE 

6.28pm – Leicestershire have won by three wickets with seven balls to spare. Handscomb 68 and Wright 40. We come out on the wrong side of a thrilling day’s cricket.

6.25pm – Leicestershire take 16 off Coad in the 85th and the target is now seven off two overs.

6.18pm – Leicestershire need 28 off 22 balls with three wickets left. They are 361-7. Handscomb 59 and Wright 18.

6pm – Leicestershire are 338-7 after 80 overs, needing 51 off seven. Three wickets for Yorkshire. New ball not taken, Bess continues. Handscomb 52, Wright 8.

5.48pm – WICKET! Finan caught at third low down by Bean off Milnes. It’s 327-7 in the 78th. 389 target in 87.

5.44pm – Ten overs to go, and Leicestershire, chasing 389 in 87, are 324-6 from 77. Handscomb 46 and Finan 5. 65 more needed for the visitors.

5.39pm – WICKET! Ahmed stumped off Bess, who has a super five-for. It’s 318-6. in the 77th over. 71 needed for Leicestershire. What a finish this could be. Handscomb has 45.

5.21pm – WICKET! Bess gets Mulder caught at cover by Thompson, 11. 298-5 in the 73rd over. 91 runs or five wickets for respective victories.

5.14pm – Final hour, and Leicestershire are 286-4, needing 103 more from 16 overs. Handscomb 27 and Mulder 7. The floodlights are back on.

4.52pm – WICKET! Coad gets Patel caught behind for 125 with one that lifts off a length and is taken head high by Hope. 269-4. Mulder comes to the crease. Leicestershire need 120 from 21.2 overs, Yorkshire six wickets.

4.36pm – Maiden first-class hundred for Rishi Patel, a milestone reached with a slog-swept six off Bess, 185 balls with 10 fours and two sixes. It’s been a fine knock. Leicestershire are 243-5 after 61 overs, needing 146 more.

4.11pm – The pitch remains good for batting and isn’t offering a great deal of assistance for the seamers, but there is a bit there for Dom Bess. Leicestershire 209-3.

4.02pm – Early stages of the evening, and Handscomb has just offered a sharp chance to Lyth at first slip off Bess in the opening over. Flashed cut which hit the Yorkshire captain before he had chance to react. The Australian, on two, survives. Hill continues from the Howard Stand End.

3.44pm – TEA REPORT Leicestershire are pursuing a target of 389 in 87 overs with significant vigour at Headingley, and have reached tea at 203-3 from 50.

The visitors have battled back impressively in this fixture having conceded a first-innings 517 before slipping to 187-5 in reply.

Midway through today’s fourth morning, Yorkshire declared their second innings to set up a near 400 target, which the Foxes have not been daunted by.

Yorkshire have struck three times this afternoon, all wickets going to off-spinner Dom Bess.
The first two came at the start of the session when he had Sol Budinger caught at short mid-wicket for 41 following a miscued swipe and Lewis Hill caught behind, leaving the score at 88-2.
Colin Ackermann and opener Rishi Patel then shared 113, an increasingly dangerous stand. But Bess had the former lbw for 72 on the stroke of tea, leaving the score at 201-3.
Australian Peter Handscomb, a first-innings centurion, has just come to the crease and will begin the evening session on two not out alongside Patel, who has 76.

3.36pm – WICKET! Bess again. He’s just switched ends to Kirkstall Lane and has trapped Colin Ackermann lbw for 72. Much needed wicket on the stroke of tea, and here comes another man who we could do with getting early – Peter Handscomb. Patel has 76 out of 201-3 in the 49th over. 389 target in 87.

3.03pm – Make that a fifty for Ackermann off 53 balls with 8x4s. 165-2. 389 target.

3.02pm – Leicestershire are 164-2 after 39 overs. Patel (64) and Ackermann (49) have shared 76,

2.30pm – Yorkshire have been unable to build on those two early afternoon wickets, with Patel just lofting Bess over long-on for six to bring up a 91-ball fifty. Leicestershire are 129-2 after 30 overs. They are chasing 389 in 87.

2.04pm – WICKET! Bess strikes again to get the Leicestershire skipper Hill caught behind by Hope for 3. It’s 88-2. More Hope now for Yorkshire, so to speak. 65 overs remaining in the day.

Dom Bess

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1.47pm – WICKET! Bess strikes. Budinger caught at mid-wicket by Thompson, 41. It’s 80-1 in the 18th over, the second over of the afternoon.

1.41pm – We’re up and running after lunch, with Leicestershire 78-0. Thompson bowling.

12.58pm – LUNCH REPORT Yorkshire set Leicestershire a victory target of 389 in a minimum of 87 overs during the fourth morning, but the visitors have made a bright start, reaching lunch on 78-0 from 16.

Openers Sol Budinger (41) and Rishi Patel (31) have frustrated the hosts as they bid to start Division Two with victory.

The day kicked off with Yorkshire scoring 66 runs in seven overs to add to their overnight 220-4, declaring on 286-8. Shai Hope 83 and George Hill 67 fell, while Matthew Revis hit a brisk 22 not out.

Patel was then dropped on 12 off Ben Coad’s bowling, with batting conditions remaining good.

12.14pm – Ah, Patel has been dropped at point by Wharton off Coad on 12. 20-0 after five.

12.12pm – Early stages of the Leicestershire chase, and they are 20-0 in the fifth over. The light is much brighter now.

11.45am – The declaration comes. Yorkshire have set Leicestershire a target of 389 in a minimum of 87 overs. 286-8d – 22 for Revis and 15 for Milnes.

11.31am – WICKET! Bess caught behind trying to scoop Finan, 2. 263-8, a lead of 365.

11.27am – WICKET!Ackermann takes the catch at long-on at the third attempt as he parries the ball up in the air trying to keep his feet inside the rope. Hill goes for excellent 67, Wright strikes. It’s 260-7, a lead of 362.

All action stuff. Revis has 15 off four balls, including a six and two fours. Dom Bess has just come to the crease.

11.16am – WICKET! Thompson has sliced a Hull delivery to deep backward point, falling for a breezy 13. 236-6, a lead of 338.

11.13am – Thompson has come in with one intention – to play a shot a ball. His first two balls went for four and six, and he’s since had to deal with a bouncer here and a wide of the crease delivery there. He has 13 off eight balls out of 236-5. Two overs done. Our lead is 338 with 94 overs remaining in the day.

11.04am – WICKET! Play is up and running at Headingley, and Hope has sliced a drive on the up to deep cover second ball of the day, falling for 83. 220-5, a lead of 322. Jordan Thompson has come to the crease.

10.45am – Tom Smith has named his first second-team squad of the season for the start of their Championship title defence against Worcestershire at Bradford Park Avenue from tomorrow.

Yorkshire second-team squad v Worcestershire: Luxton, Fraine, Vagadia, Light, Cree, Duke, Mike, Leech, Chohan, Cliff, Shutt, Edwards and McMurran.

10.44am – The floodlights have been turned on here at Headingley, where it looks pretty chilly outside. Plenty of bobble hats on show.

9.40am – Let’s have a look around the grounds, where there has already been one result in Division One so far – Hampshire beating Notts, while Matthew Waite has enjoyed a memorable performance for Worcestershire following his move from Headingley. He took four wickets and hit a hundred in the first innings against Derbyshire, adding a further wicket in the second.

DIV TWO 

Derbyshire 321 and 269-6 v Worcestershire 473, The Incora County Ground, Derby

Glamorgan 404 v Gloucestershire 165 and 373-6, Sophia Gardens. Cardiff

Sussex 335 and 172-5 v Durham 376 and 189, The 1st Central County Ground, Hove

DIV ONE 

Hampshire 231 and 132-2 beat Nottinghamshire 185 and 177 by eight wickets, The Ageas Bowl

Lancashire 291 and 37-0 v Surrey 442 and 292-6d, Emirates Old Trafford

Middlesex 170 and 77-5 v Essex 266 and 211, Lord’s 

Somerset 284 and Warwickshire 307-5, The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

9.05am – Good morning from Headingley, where it is an overcast but dry start to day four of our clash with the Foxes.

When play resumes at 11am, Yorkshire are expected to resume the second innings on 220-4, a lead of 322. George Hill has 57 and Shai Hope 83.

The likelihood is that they’ll bat on for a short while before getting stuck into the task of taking 10 wickets. There are 96 overs to be bowled in the day, with a new ball due after 80 overs of each innings. So, it may be that Yorkshire want a four or five overs with that second new ball late in the day should it be needed. That would mean the hosts batting on for no more than 10 overs this morning. We shall see what Adam Lyth and Ottis Gibson decide.

Of course, Leicestershire may still feel they can chase the target down – Bazball is all the rage, after all.

The live stream and scorecard is available via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page.

If you want to recap yesterday’s action, you can do so via our match report and reaction piece with fifty maker James Wharton.

MATCH REPORT 

JAMES WHARTON 

 

 

 

 

 

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