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Sussex captain Ben Brown, who scored a century today, said:

“I love playing here,” he said. “I said that to all the boys before the game.
“I think you get responsive crowds. They clap maidens, they clap the opposition players if we play well.
“It’s a fantastic ground. I haven’t been here for a few years, but it looks pretty special.
“I said last week that batting in front of a crowd makes a massive difference to my game. It’s just getting that natural tempo back. I was really appreciative of seeing a crowd in today.”

Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson said:

“It’s been a tough day for us. We got a couple of early wickets, as we expected, but its a nice surface and the sideways movement probably isn’t as quick as usual.
“Looking at it honestly, we probably let them get away a bit in the middle session.
“From my point of view, Brown batted really well, but it felt like he didn’t have to get out of gear one or two and take us on. There were a few too many boundary balls to get him going.
“In the morning, we have to dry it up again and build pressure.”

6.25pm – Close Sussex 267-5 from 96 overs, recovering from 68-4 thanks to Brown’s 126 not out and Ibrahim’s unbeaten 37. Thompson three wickets for Yorkshire.

6.18pm Sussex 250-5 with two overs remaining. Brown 125, but Ibrahim hasn’t half played well for 28. 16yo.

5.34pm A crowd of 2,056 in today as Brown reaches his century off 149 balls with 15×4s. Super knock. 208-5.

5.18pm Yorkshire have taken the new ball through Thompson with 16 overs remaining in the day. 196-5 after 80. Brown is on 91 and Ibrahim, 8, looking very composed.

5pm New ball due in three overs. Sussex 186-5 after 77. Patterson and Bess in operation. Brown 83 and Ibrahim 6.

4.37pm WICKET Thompson gets Thomason caught at mid-wicket by Malan for 40, ending a 107-stand with with Brown. Sussex are 175-5. In comes 16-year-old debutant Ibrahim for his debut. A special moment.

4.13pm Sussex have advanced to 165-4 in the second over of the evening. Thompson and now Willey bowling.

Tea Report Ben Brown and Aaron Thomason, Sussex’s fifth-wicket pair, have frustrated Yorkshire during the majority of the opening afternoon at Emerald Headingley with an unbroken 95-run partnership.

Sussex slipped to 68-4 in the 33rd over shortly after lunch on day one of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture.

But they have since reached tea in decent health at 163-4 from 64.

Jordan Thompson claimed the only wicket of the afternoon, his second in all, when Australian overseas Travis Head edged behind for 14 against his former county – the eighth ball of the session.

At that stage, the sky was grey and the floodlights still on.

However, things have turned around since.

Under a sunny sky, counter-attacking Brown and determined Thomason boosted Sussex significantly with unbeaten scores of 71 and 38.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Brown hit 10 fours in his fifty off 60 balls – his fifth score of 50 or more in 13 first-class innings against Yorkshire.

Thomason, dropping down the order to four having previously opened the batting, has been much more circumspect, batting for three hours and 25 minutes so far without yet reaching 40.

3.47pm – Tea Sussex have recovered strongly from 68-4 thanks to a 95-run partnership between Brown 71 and Thomason 38. They have taken the score to 163-4 after 64 overs. One wicket in the session for Thompson. Important half hour or so after tea for Yorkshire.

3.36pm England are 25-2 in reply to New Zealand’s 378 in the Lord’s Test. Devon Conway made 200 on debut for the Kiwis and England have lost Sibley and Crawley early doors.

Here, Sussex are 160-4 after 61 overs. Three to tea.

3.20pm Bess continues…Sussex 147-4 in the 57th over. Brown onto 61.

3pm Yorkshire could do with a wicket. Sussex have moved from 68-4 to 133-4. We’re in the early stages of the 52nd over, and Brown and Thomason, with 48 and 34, have recovered things nicely for the visitors.

In fact, Brown has just reached his fifty. 60 balls with 10×4s. 137-4.

2.47pm Three boundaries in the over for Brown off Willey moves him to 40. He has shared 55 with Thomason 33. 123-4 in the 48th.

2.24pm Sussex should take some credit from their performance so far. Tough conditions for batting, against an experienced attack. They have ensured Yorkshire have far from had things their own way so far. 90-4 after 42 overs. The introduction fo Dom Bess into the attack is greeted by hearty applause around Emerald Headingley.

1.49pm WICKET Head caught behind in Thompson’s first over of the session, 14. 68-4 in the 33rd.

Lunch Report Yorkshire’s bowlers have just shaded the opening morning against Sussex under an overcast sky at Emerald Headingley, leaving the visitors 63-3 from 31 overs at lunch.

Steve Patterson won yet another toss in this season’s LV= Insurance County Championship, his seventh in eight games, and opted to bowl.

He then watched David Willey, Jordan Thompson and Harry Brook claim a wicket apiece, though a young Sussex side have been far from over-run.

Yorkshire made three changes from last week’s Roses defeat in Manchester; Fraine, Hill and Olivier out, Ballance, Malan and Willey in.

Olivier actually had a hand in one of the wickets, on as sub fielder, when Brook removed debutant Ali Orr for 15 with his first ball as Sussex slipped to 38-3 in the 23rd over. Olivier took the catch at wide long-leg.

Earlier, Willey made the breakthrough when he had Tom Haines caught at third slip (8-1 in the fourth over) before Thompson, like Brook, also struck in his first over when Stiaan van Zyl was caught behind, leaving Sussex at 25-2 after 11.

Former Yorkshire overseas player Travis Head (13 not out) is at the crease for Sussex alongside Aaron Thomason on 14.

Sussex have handed debuts to 20-year-old left-hander Orr and all-rounder Dan Ibrahim.

The latter, aged 16 years and 298 days, is the second youngest cricketer to play in Sussex’s first team.

1pm – Lunch Sussex 63-3 after 31 overs. Wickets for Willey, Thompson and Brook. Thomason 14 and Head 13. Competitive session.

12.55pm Five minutes until lunch, and Sussex have moved to 61-3 with Thomason 14 and Head 12. One more before the break would be lovely. Coad bowling at present.

12.28pm WICKET Brook strikes with his first ball, Orr gone as he helps a leg side ball on its way and is caught at wide long-leg by sub fielder Olivier. 15. 38-3.

12.03pm Opening hour done, and Yorkshire have had the best of it with Sussex at 34-2 after 16 overs. Wickets for Willey and Thompson. Floodlights remain on. Suspect the hosts will want at least four before lunch.

11.43am WICKET Thompson!! His sixth ball does the trick, getting van Zyl caught behind for 15. It’s 25-2 after 11.

11.26am Stiaan van Zyl has played two thumping cover drives for four off Willey. 18-1 in the eighth.

11.13am WICKET Ideal start for Yorkshire as Haines is caught at third slip by Brook off Willey, 2. Sussex 8-1 in the fourth over. Van Zyl comes to the crease.

11.03am Sussex are 2-0 in the second over, bowled by Willey. Coad also took the new ball.

10.49am The floodlights have been turned on here.

10.38am Yorkshire win toss and bowl…..

Yorkshire: Lyth, Kohler-Cadmore, Malan, Ballance, Brook, Bess, Duke w, Thompson, Willey, Patterson c, Coad.

Sussex: Haines, Orr, Van Zyl, Thomason, Head, Brown c&w, Ibrahim, Carson, Meaker, Crocombe, Atkins.

Dan Ibrahim, aged 16, is the second youngest player in Sussex history.

9.47am Around the grounds….

Derbyshire v Warwickshire, Derby
Essex v Nottinghamshire, Chelmsford
Worcestershire v Durham, New Road
Leicestershire v Gloucestershire, Grace Road
Somerset v Hampshire, Taunton
Glamorgan v Lancashire, Sophia Gardens
Kent v Northamptonshire, Canterbury

Good morning from Emerald Headingley.

I wouldn’t say the sun is shining yet, but it is a bright start to the day ahead of our latest clash with Sussex.

Both sides are aiming to bounce back from defeats last week; Yorkshire at Lancashire and Sussex at home to Northamptonshire.

Second-placed Yorkshire are now only two points clear of Northants in the Group Three table with three matches remaining in the initial group phase.

We, of course, are delighted to welcome home members and supporters for the first time since September 2019 in Championship cricket. There is a permitted daily attendance in the region of 4,250 – 25 percent of the ground’s capacity.

Sussex, having only won once in seven, are pretty much out of the running for a place in the top two and are fighting with Glamorgan and Kent to avoid finishing in the bottom two.

They are without spearhead seamer Ollie Robinson due to England Test duty, but they will have former Yorkshire overseas batsman Travis Head in their ranks alongside South African Stiaan van Zyl.

Yorkshire will select Gary Ballance and Dawid Malan in the top order, this being Malan’s first appearance of the summer in county colours following Indian Premier League duty.

A live stream will be available once more if you are not able to be with us. Enjoy the day.

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