MATCH CENTRE 

6.51pm – Close. Adam Lyth’s superb 115 is well supported by a trio of top order team-mates as Yorkshire finish day two on 286-4 from 74 overs replying to Sussex first-innings 216. Malan 51 not out, Tattersall 19.

6.45pm – Malan reaches a fine fifty off 82 balls – 284-4.

6.41pm – We have four overs remaining in the day. Yorkshire 272-4 after 70, leading by 56. Malan has 47 and Tattersall 9.

6.16pm – WICKET! Hill caught at slip off Carson, 0. Yorkshire 258-4 in the 63rd.

6.11pm – WICKET! Lyth caught by Coles at mid-wicket off Carson for a superb 115. It’s 258-3 in the 61st over. George Hill in now to join Malan, who has 42.

5.47pm – HUNDRED! Lyth reaches his century – his second of the season off 157 balls with 16 fours. Fabulous. It’s 230-2, and we lead by 14.

5.43pm – Yorkshire are into the lead at 218-2 in the 53rd of 74 overs to be bowled today. Lyth has 95 and Malan 25. We lead by two runs.

5.28pm – Yorkshire 200-2 after 49 overs, trailing by 16. Lyth 88 and Malan 13. We have 25 overs remaining in the day.

5.12pm – WICKET! Rickelton caught by Clark at second slip off Karvelas for a well made 46. It’s 178-2 in the 46th over. There was an initial thought it could be a bump ball as the left-hander jammed down on a full ball. But no, he departs.

5.07pm – Yorkshire 178-1 in the 45th over. Lyth 80 and Rickelton 46. England are still rattling along at Old Trafford. They’re 323-2, leading by six runs. Crawley has 185 and Root 69.

4.19pm – Superb from Rickelton, who is quick on his feet in advancing at Coles and lofts him over long-off to move to 40. It’s 152-1 after 38.

4.19pm – Root has just reached his fifty with a reverse scooped boundary off Cummins. Haha, brilliant! England are 256-2 replying to 317.

Tea Report: Yorkshire have made an encouraging start to their first-innings reply to Sussex’s 216 either side of lunch on day two at Headingley, with opener Adam Lyth posting an unbeaten half-century.

Yorkshire started the afternoon on 18-0 from three overs and have advanced to reach tea at 128-1 from 34.

Lyth drove particular handsomely on the way to 62 not out and is threatening to make the most of being dropped on 38 by James Coles at first slip off Henry Crocombe, the seamer who alongside Fynn Hudson-Prentice at one point conceded five fours in seven balls to Lyth and fellow opener Fin Bean.

Bean made 45 out of a 94-run opening partnership before edging Australian seamer Nathan McAndrew to first slip.

Lyth almost immediately reached his fifty off 77 balls with 11 fours and alongside Ryan Rickelton has reduced the Yorkshire deficit below 100.

Rickelton will resume after tea on 20, the pair sharing 34 unbroken for the second wicket.

3.32pm – Tea will be taken at 4pm. Yorkshire are 106-1 after 26 overs, trailing by 110. Lyth has 51.

3.12pm – WICKET! Bean caught at first slip by Coles off McAndrew, 45. Yorkshire 94-1 in the 22nd over. Lyth still there on 48. Ryan Rickelton in at number three. We trail by 122.

3.04pm – Crikey, England are flying at the Test. Zak Crawley has just reached his century, and they are 184-2 inside 33 overs. Root has 22. Shot a ball stuff almost from glances up at the press box TV. Here, Yorkshire are going swimmingly as well in a slightly more reserved but not slow manner. We’re 94-0 in the 21st over reply to 216. Lyth 48 and Bean 45.

2.46pm – Bean and Lyth have taken five boundaries in seven balls off Hudson-Prentice and Crocombe, between 14.3 overs and 15.3 overs, taking the score to 75-0 in the 16th. And then Lyth is dropped on 38 by Coles at first slip off Crocombe.

2.26pm – Just looking at Fin Bean’s stats this season. He’s closing in on 600 Championship runs. He is 25 not out in 43-0 after 11 and is only a shot or two away from that mark. By the end of the day, he could easily be in the 10 run-scorers in Division Two. He has scored three centuries and no fifties. Not a bad conversion rate, hey!

1.58pm – Yorkshire 20-0 after four overs.

1.44pm – England look to be in a decent position in the Test at Old Trafford – 70-1 replying to 317. It will be quite interesting to see what they do now because Ben Stokes was talking up the chances of rain on Saturday and Sunday. He was saying they may have to try and win the game in three days. So do England put their foot down over the next few hours and try and bowl Australia out tomorrow?

1.18pm – Lunch Report. Yorkshire bowled Sussex out for 216 before lunch on day two of the ongoing LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Headingley.

On-loan left-arm spinner Dan Moriarty claimed two of the final three wickets to fall, while seamers Mark Steketee and Jordan Thompson struck once apiece.

Matthew Fisher finished with 4-69 from 16 overs before Yorkshire reached 18-0 from three in reply.

Sussex advanced their first innings from 120-6 overnight, with all-rounder Fynn Hudson-Prentice top-scoring with 73 and Australian overseas Nathan McAndrew adding 47.

They shared 94 for the seventh wicket to advance from 76-6 late on day one, the pair making use of easing batting conditions in today’s bright sunshine.

Steketee made the breakthrough when he had compatriot McAndrew bowled off an inside-edge (170-7) before Hudson-Prentice was superbly caught by substitute fielder Matthew Revis running back at long-on off Moriarty.

When Ari Karvelas pulled Thompson to wide long-leg in the next over, where Matthew Fisher took the catch, Sussex were 211-9 in the 69th over of the innings. 

And Moriarty then trapped Henry Crocombe lbw to wrap things up, Yorkshire taking the last three wickets in as many overs.

Sussex, meanwhile, have had to replace captain Tom Alsop with concussion substitute Charlie Tear after taking a blow whilst batting yesterday. Tom Haines has taken over the leadership duties in this game.

12.50pm – WICKET! Crocombe has been trapped lbw by Moriarty, 0. Sussex are 216 all out. We think Yorkshire will bat for 10 minutes before lunch.

12.47pm – WICKET! Karvelas caught on the pull at wide long-leg by Fisher off Thompson, 0. It’s 211-9 in the 69th over.

12.40pm – WICKET! Hudson-Prentice brilliantly caught by Revis (on as sub for Lyth) at long-on running back and going close to the boundary rope off Moriarty, 73. It’s 210-8.

12.18pm – Couple of chances of late. Carson dropped on nine in the slips off Thompson and Hudson-Prentice almost run out on 66 following a mix-up with Carson. It’s 200-7.

12.01pm – England are 9-1. Duckett caught behind off Starc.

11.42am – WICKET! Steketee bowls his fellow Australian McAndrew for 47. Looked like an inside-edge. It’s 170-7 in the 53rd over.

11.36am – Mark Steketee has come into the attack, and Hudson-Prentice has just reached a 63-ball fifty. Sussex 169-6. Australia are 317 all out. Woakes has a five-for.

11.30am – Dan Moriarty into the attack at 154-6. McAndrew has 46 and Hudson-Prentice 42.

11.20am – It’s been a useful opening 20 minutes for Sussex, who have advanced to 141-6. Hudson-Prentice has moved to 40.

11am – Play about to begin. McAndrew and Hudson-Prentice resume for Sussex, who are 120-6. Coad with the ball. Lunch will be 1.10pm today.

And Jimmy Anderson has struck at the Test. Australia 299-9.

10.40am – Sussex are having to employ a concussion substitute following an injury to Tom Alsop. He has been replaced by teenager Charlie Tear.

10.19am – The sun is out now at Headingley. It’s a lovely morning.

8.45am – Good morning from Headingley, where it’s an overcast start to day two. But it’s dry. That’s the most important thing.

It’s certainly been a frustrating last five days of action for Yorkshire, with rain seemingly following them around. Look around the grounds yesterday, and this was the match with the fewest overs bowled.

Hopefully we should be set for the bulk of the allotted 104 overs today, however.

The dream scenario from here would be to bowl Sussex, currently 120-6, out for around 150. Matthew Fisher and Ben Coad were excellent yesterday in sharing all six wickets to fall. Fisher was a touch frustrated with how he bowled right at the end of the day, but he was largely chuffed to get the four-wicket rewards he perhaps deserved at Worcester last week.

If you want to recap on yesterday’s action, you can do so via our match report and reaction piece with Fisher. They are both linked below. The live stream is also available via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page. We’re all set for an 11am start.

England, meanwhile, will also be searching for early wickets in the fourth Test at Emirates Old Trafford. Australia are 299-8 heading into day two.

Enjoy the day.

MATCH REPORT 

MATTHEW FISHER

 

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