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Yorkshire all-rounder Jordan Thompson said:

“As you can see, the pitch and overhead conditions were helping the bowlers. It did quite a bit off the pitch to be fair.
“They bowled well yesterday, but we’d get ourselves in a position to gain momentum and then lose a couple of quick wickets. That’s been a bit of a trend over the last couple of weeks.
“We keep having to fight back, which is a bit frustrating. But we’ll continue to do that here.
“You saw what happened at Sussex last week when we defended 230. Anything over 200, hopefully more towards 300, we feel like we can defend.”

7.08pm – Close Yorkshire 43-3 from 20 overs in their second innings, leading by 15. Ballance 8, Patterson 0. Northants have the advantage, but it could still go either way.

6.52pm WICKET Lyth caught at third slip off Berg. 35-3. Patterson in as nightwatchman.

6.34pm WICKET Fraine lbw Parnell, 3. Yorkshire 25-2 after 12 overs. Eight remain in the day.

6.09pm WICKET Kohler-Cadmore caught behind off Sanderson, 0. Yorkshire 12-1 in the seventh over.

5.45pm We have 20 overs remaining in the day, and Yorkshire trail by 28 at the start of their second innings.

5.35pm WICKET Northants all out for 234, a lead of 31 for them. Thompson gets Sanderson caught behind. Thompson, Willey and Patterson all finish with three wickets apiece.

5.29pm WICKET Kerrigan caught Lyth at second slip, off Willey. Three for Willey. 229-9, a Northants lead of 23.

5.17pm WICKET Willey gets Parnell caught at first slip by Kohler-Cadmore, 217-8.

4.55pm New ball due, and taken by Thompson. Northants two behind at 204-7 after 80. Parnell 11 and Berg 0. We have lost four overs from the day’s allotted 104. 31 remain.

4.48pm The covers are coming off. Play will be restarting imminently.

4.35pm Rain has stopped play at 199-7. Berg only just made it the crease before the play has been suspended. Skies don’t look too threatening. Fingers crossed we’re back out there soon enough.

4.33pm WICKET Bess bowls Taylor for 50, beating the outside edge and flattening off-stump. Northants still behind at 199-7. They trail by seven. Berg in to join Parnell. Have a feeling that we might be about to see an attempt to up the scoring rate here. Don’t think Berg is the type to hang around.

4.29pm Taylor has reached his fifty off 138 balls with 6×4s in the early stages of the evening. Northants 197-6 in the 78th over, trailing by nine. Parnell is with him on four. Bess and Olivier looking for wickets.

Tea Report Northamptonshire have moved to the verge of a first-innings lead at tea on day two of Yorkshire’s latest LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Emerald Headingley.

Replying to 206, Northants started the afternoon on 102-5 from 43 overs and have advanced to 195-6 from 76, a deficit of 11.

Yorkshire struck five times during the morning, but David Willey claimed the only wicket of the afternoon.

Saif Zaib and Tom Taylor shared a considered 92 for the seventh-wicket either side of lunch.

Zaib led the way with 55 off 134 balls and Taylor has reached 48 not out from 131.

Zaib was the only wicket to fall when he lost his middle stump aiming a drive at Willey, leaving the score at 173-6 in the 68th over.

While the majority of Northants’ progress has been slow and steady, they increased the tempo slightly during the second half of the afternoon.

Zaib hit Steve Patterson for back-to-back boundaries in one over and Taylor lofted Dom Bess over mid-on’s head in the following.

Wayne Parnell will begin the evening session on four, with 39 overs still to bowl in the day.

4.01pm – Tea Northants 195-6 from 76 overs. Taylor 48 and Parnell 4. One wicket in the session – that went to Willey – and the visitors trail by 11.

3.29pm WICKET Zaib tries to drive at Willey and is bowled for a well made 55 off 134. Northants now 173-6 in the 68th over, trailing by 33.

3.24pm Zaib reaches his fifty off 127 balls with eight fours, the latest pulled over mid-wicket off Bess. 168-5.

3.15pm Yorkshire desperately need a wicket to get their tails up again. Northants, at 158-5, are 48 behind. Zaib closing in on a fifty. He has 45.

2.57pm Northants continue to chip away at the Yorkshire lead. They have moved from 81-5 to 151-5 thanks to unbeaten Zaib 40 and Taylor 25. Three boundaries have come in last couple of overs from Patterson and Bess, the latter being lofted over mid-on’s head by Taylor.

2.37pm Just a reminder, as the social media boycott looms from 3pm, we will continue to update the blog. Northants 137-5 in the 55th over. The visitors have just scored their 100th run of the day from the first ball of the day’s 44th over. They now trail by 69.

2.20pm Play taking place under floodlights now at Headingley. Northants 125-5 – Zaib (23) and Taylor (17) frustrating Yorkshire. The visitors trail by 81.

2.11pm Northants have moved to 114-5 in the early stages of the afternoon, trailing by 92.

Lunch Report Yorkshire claimed four wickets at a cost of only five runs in 26 balls during the second morning to drag themselves back into their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Northamptonshire at Emerald Headingley.

Captain Steve Patterson and Jordan Thompson equally shared the wickets as Northants, replying to 206, fell from 76-1 in the 23rd over to 81-5 in the 27th.

In all, Yorkshire took five wickets before lunch, where Northants – 36-0 from 11 overs overnight – have reached at 102-5 from 43 overs, trailing by 104.

Patterson currently has 3-24 from 12 overs, with all five wickets caught in the slips.

Northants added 40 runs in the first 10 overs of play for the loss of Ben Curran, caught low down at third slip by Harry Brook off Patterson.

Thompson then had Charlie Thurston caught at second slip by Adam Lyth (76-2) before Patterson had Northants skipper Ricardo Vasconcelos caught at first by Tom Kohler-Cadmore for an eye-catching 47.

Those two wickets fell with the score on 76, and the next two on 81.

Rob Keogh edged Patterson to Kohler-Cadmore before Thompson had Luke Procter brilliantly caught one-handed diving to his right at third slip by Brook.

Saif Zaib and Tom Taylor batted out the remaining 45 minutes of the morning without further damage and will begin the afternoon on 13 and eight respectively.

1.15pm – Lunch Northants 102-5 at lunch, trailing by 104. Yorkshire take five wickets in the session, with Patterson three-for and Thompson two. Zaib 13 and Taylor 8. Excellent session for Yorkshire, putting them back in the hunt.

1.04pm Of course, there is 104 overs in the day today because of the weather yesterday. So lunch will be 1.15pm. Northants 102-5 as they try to repel Bess and Willey. Zaib 13, Taylor 8.

12.49pm 10 minutes to go before lunch, and Northants are 96-5, with Taylor 8 and Zaib 7. Brook has been brought into the attack to try and add a wicket to his two catches.

12.12pm WICKET Procter caught superbly by Brook at third slip, low to his right. Thompson picks up his second. 81-5.

Looking at the replay, that was a fabulous one-handed catch from Brook. Yorkshire’s catching has been on point this morning.

12.08pm WICKET Yorkshire, led by Patterson, are on the charge. Keogh caught by Kohler-Cadmore at first slip. It’s 81-4 – Patto has three.

12pm WICKET Vasconcelos caught at first slip by Kohler-Cadmore for 47 off Patterson. It’s 76-3.

11.52am WICKET Thurston caught second slip by Lyth off Thompson, who greets the wicket with a roar that could probably be heard at Elland Road. 76-2 in the 23rd.

11.44am Northants have added 40 in the first 10 overs of the day, for the loss of Curran to Patterson. They have moved to 76-1 from 21 overs and are now 130 behind. Vasconcelos 47 and Thurston 13.

11.20am WICKET Patterson gets Curran caught at third slip by Brook – low down. Gone for 15. Yorkshire pick up their first wicket at 47 in the 16th over.

Thurston then edges his first ball wide of the slips for four. 51-1.

11.06am A couple of maidens from Patterson and Olivier to start the day. Northants 36-0 early in the 14th over.

10.28am Here’s a look around the grounds ahead of day two. Plenty of wickets yesterday.

Derbyshire 86-8 v Nottinghamshire 256, County Ground
Durham 88-0 v Warwickshire 87, Riverside
Worcestershire v Essex 266-2, New Road
Gloucestershire v Leicestershire 264-4, Bristol
Somerset v Middlesex 308-6, Taunton
Surrey 131-1 v Hampshire 92, Oval
Glamorgan 109-2 v Kent 138, Sophia Gardens
Sussex 318-7 v Lancashire, Hove

Good morning from Emerald Headingley.

The sun is shining once more. Although still cold, we have had a great run of weather over the last three weeks. There is the chance of rain later today, but let’s hope the forecast proves to be wide of the mark.

Yorkshire begin day two with plenty of work to do after posting 206 in their first innings and seeing Northants respond with 36-0 at close.

The feeling is, given the amount of assistance on offer for the bowlers yesterday, that it could well be a competitive score. But the White Rose need to bowl well.

You feel that if Northants have a good couple of sessions today, it could be a long way back for Yorkshire. Fingers crossed, that doesn’t happen and wickets tumble.

Wayne Parnell led the way with five wickets for the visitors on day one, while Dom Bess top-scored with 56 for Yorkshire.

The live stream will be available once again. We get underway at 11am, and this blog will continue to operate throughout this weekend’s social media boycott.

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