MATCH CENTRE 

7.22pm – Close. Sussex end day three on 236-7 from 84 overs, leading by 88. Yorkshire tried all they could to engineer a three-day win. Now we need rain to stay away tomorrow as this match is set for an intriguing finale.

7.14pm – Malan sharing the new ball.

7.12pm – Spin from both ends now as the umpires express initial concerns over the light. Malan and Moriarty (with the new ball). Sussex 229-7 from 80 overs with four remaining tonight, a lead of 81.

6.47pm – We have 10 overs remaining in the day. Sussex are 224-7, leading by 76.

6.33pm – We have 14 overs remaining, and Sussex are 210-7 with a lead of 62.

6.05pm – WICKET! McAndrew caught behind off a top-edged pull at Steketee. 189-7, a lead of 41 with 19.5 overs remaining (excluding extra half hour).

5.43pm – Sussex are 170-6 with 25 overs remaining in the day – 22 lead. If Yorkshire can bowl them out in the next 15-20 overs, they’ll have a real chance of victory tonight considering there’s the chance of the extra half hour. The light’s good.

5.14pm – WICKET! Carter caught at long-leg off Thompson, 58. Sussex are 154-6, leading by six.

5.07pm – Sussex are into the lead now by one run at 149-5 with 33.2 overs left in the day (excluding possibility of extra half hour).

4.55pm – Carter reaches his fifty off 75 balls. Sussex are 143-5, trailing by five runs with 36 overs remaining in the day. The light’s good at present.

4.31pm – WICKET! Coad gets Ibrahim caught behind for a duck. It’s 127-5. Sussex trail by 21 with 41.4 overs remaining in the day, excluding the possibility of an extra half hour.

4.27pm – WICKET! Clark caught behind off Lyth, 56. It’s 126-4, a 22-run deficit.

4.03pm – Tea Report Sussex have steadied their ship after losing three quick afternoon wickets as they bid to survive against Yorkshire at Headingley.

Yorkshire are chasing a three-day win in the LV= Insurance County Championship due to a horrible forecast tomorrow.

They declared with a 148-run lead in the first innings this morning before three quick afternoon wickets for Mark Steketee, Ben Coad and Jordan Thompson left Sussex 48-3 in the 21st over. But they have since reached tea on 118-3 thanks to fourth-wicket pair Tom Clark and Oli Carter, who will begin the afternoon on 50 and 44 respectively.

Steketee made the initial breakthrough just after lunch when Tom Haines edged an expansive drive behind, leaving the score at 31-1 in the 14th over.

Charlie Tear, Tom Alsop’s concussion replacement, then edged Coad behind as the first of two wickets to fall in two the space of six balls – 48-3 in the 21st.

The third wicket was James Coles caught low down at third slip by Fin Bean off Thompson.

While Carter lofted Dan Moriarty for six over long-on and showed more aggression than Clark, the latter reached his fifty just before tea off 121 balls.

4pm – Yorkshire employing double spin in the form of Lyth and Moriarty. Not sure, but it could be light imposed as it is pretty gloomy. Sussex are 117-3. Make that 118-3 as Clark reaches his fifty off 121 balls.

3.48pm – Oli Carter has come in and play with more aggression than Clark has. He’s just lofted Dan Moriarty over long-on for six. It’s 107-3.

3.34pm – Moriarty in his second over from the Howard Stand End. It’s 89-3 in the 34th. Sussex trail by 59.

3.08pm – Sussex 63-3 in the 28th with George Hill in operation.

2.52pm – Sussex are 52-3 in the 24th over, and Jonny B has been stranded on 99 not out in England’s 592 all out, a lead of 275. What a performance that is.

2.41pm – Play is about to resume.

2.33pm – It’s raining again. Sussex 48-3 in the 22nd.

2.29pm – WICKET! Coles caught by Bean at third slip by Thompson, 4. It’s 48-3 in the 21st.

2.18pm – WICKET! Tear caught behind by Tattersall off Coad, 5. Sussex 42-2 in the 19th.

2.13pm – England are 532-9 at the Test, leading by 215 against Australia. Jonny Bairstow has just reached his fifty. Harry Brook did similar this morning.

1.53pm – WICKET! Haines has edged Steketee behind to Tattersall, 11 It’s 31-1 in the 14th over. Sussex’s concussion sub Charlie Tear is in.

1.52pm – Play has resumed again following just a passing shower.

1.44pm – The rain has returned. We’re off with Sussex 30-0 inside 13 overs.

1.30pm – The players are on their way out to the middle. The afternoon will begin, with Sussex on 23-0. Looks like we’ve lost a couple of overs from the day’s allocation. 78.5 remain in the day.

12.47pm – Good news. The sun’s out now.

12.46pm – Lunch Report. Rain has delayed Yorkshire’s pursuit of victory after a pulsating third morning saw them race to a declaration against Sussex, who started their second innings 148 runs behind.

Yorkshire are chasing an LV= Insurance County Championship victory inside three days at Headingley, and declared the first innings on 364-8, including Dawid Malan’s 92.

Sussex then reached 23-0 in the 10th over before rain brought an early lunch, to be taken at 12.50pm – 15 minutes after play was halted. 

Yorkshire started the day on 286-4 in reply to Sussex’s first-innings 216, and they scored 78 runs in 9.2 overs, including 55 in the first four of the day.

Malan raced from 51 to 92 with three leg-side sixes before offering a caught and bowled chance to Nathan McAndrew as he looked for more quick runs.

Captain Jonny Tattersall also shot out of the blocks at the start of play with 41, but he fell to Greek seamer Ari Karvelas – one of three men caught in the leg-side alongside Jordan Thompson and Ben Coad.

12.36pm – Sussex are 23-0 in the 10th over, and it’s raining. The players head to the pavilion.

12.16pm – Sussex have moved to 9-0 in the fifth over of their second innings, trailing by 139.

11.49am – DECLARATION. WICKET! Coad caught at long-on by Haines off Karvelas without scoring. 364-8, and we declare with a lead of 148 and 92 overs remaining in the day. Yorkshire scored 78 runs in the first 9.2 overs of the day.

11.44am – WICKET! Malan has miscued a steepling return catch to McAndrew, falling for a superb 92. We’re 363-7, leading by 147. Ben Coad in now.

11.27am – WICKET! Tattersall miscues Karvelas high to short mid-wicket for 41. It’s 347-5 in the 80th, and we lead by 131. Jordan Thompson in now. And he’s pulled his first ball to deep square-leg. It’s 347-6. Hat-trick ball coming up. Matthew Fisher will face it.

11.14am – 40 runs have come in the first 3.1 overs of the day, and this looks like a performance of a team who are not only concerned about weather tomorrow but also today. May be wrong, but it looks like they’re trying to win it in 80 overs or so. 326-4. Malan has 71 and Tattersall 35.

11.05am – Wow. Malan slog sweeps Carson over mid-wicket and out of the ground. Think it just went wide of the scoreboard in the East Stand corner. Two fours also in the day’s first over. 301-4. He has 65.

11am – We’re up and running at Headingley, with Yorkshire 291-4 in the day’s opening over – bowled by Jack Carson, Sussex’s Irish off-spinner. The lead is 75 now, with Malan 55 and Tattersall 20.

8.50am – Good morning from Headingley, where it’s an overcast and grey start to day three. There was a little bit of rain around about half an hour or so ago, but it wouldn’t have stopped play had it been say 2pm.

The covers are on, though. There is someone out there in the middle having a net at present. It’s Lauren Winfield-Hill, who is facing a few throw downs. The Diamonds are in Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy action against Southern Vipers in Arundel tomorrow, so they will be travelling down a little later.

Ah, as I type, the ground staff are bringing the covers off.

We have 104 overs scheduled for today, and both camps spoke about a horrible looking forecast for tomorrow as they undertook media duties last night. Yorkshire will try their best to win this game inside three days. Ideally, Yorkshire would look to bat until lunch time for a lead of 180-200 and bowl Sussex out in two sessions.

But, of course, it could be that 104 overs aren’t possible today (or indeed 112 including the extra half hour) due to rain or even bad light. It may be that they have to go hell for leather for an hour this morning and look to add another 100 or so runs to their 286-4 (current lead of 70) and then start bowling.

It will be fascinating to see how it pans out.

Adam Lyth led a dominant Yorkshire batting display yesterday with a superb 115. If you want to recap the action, you can do so via our Match Report and reaction piece, which are linked below.

There will be a live stream available via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page. Hopefully we can all start watching some cricket at 11am.

MATCH REPORT 

ADAM LYTH 

Both Yorkshire and England are in the same boat, pretty much. They are also trying to win the Test at Old Trafford today. Ok, they have the fall back of Sunday as well, but the forecast is supposed to be poor then as well. If they don’t win, the Ashes are gone.

 

 

 

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