2.56pm – Play has been abandoned for the day, unfortunately.

2.32pm – It is raining pretty hard now. It’s difficult to see how we will get any more play in truth.

1.48pm – The ground-staff are battening down the hatches now. The full covers are coming on.

1.26pm – We’re off for bad light. Yorkshire 24-0 after seven overs.

1.23pm – Play has resumed after lunch. We’re 24-0 after six overs. The floodlights are still in operation. Lyth 10, Bean 12 as we reply to 389.

12.48pm – Lunch Report Yorkshire bowled promoted Worcestershire out for 389 during the second morning of the season-ending LV= Insurance County Championship fixture at Headingley, with Dom Bess completing an impressive 3-55 from 21 overs.

Worcestershire advanced from 280-5 overnight to 301-6 in the first 25 minutes of play, thus securing the second bonus point they needed to seal promotion.

Brett D’Oliveira moved from 90 not out to a 199-ball century, only to fall for a fine 103, leaving the Pears 299-6.

They spent 10 balls on 299, including D’Oliveira’s departure, before Josh Baker pushed two into the covers to seal promotion.

Matt Milnes struck twice with the new ball this morning. He trapped D’Oliveira lbw on the back pad and had Baker, the ball after sealing promotion, caught at mid-on off a miscue.

Seamer Ben Allison completed a career best 75 but was the first of two wickets for Bess, who uprooted his off-stump with a yorker and had Joe Leach caught at short fine-leg to wrap up the innings.

Sandwiched in between, Matthew Revis had Ben Gibbon caught behind with only his second ball of the morning. 

Allison, on loan from Essex, completed a sixth-wicket stand of 77 for the sixth wicket with D’Oliveira and then shared 79 for the eighth with Leach from 301-7.

Yorkshire started their second innings 25 minutes before lunch and reached 24-0 from six overs. Adam Lyth will begin the afternoon on 10 and Fin Bean on 12.

12.33pm – We’ve made a confident start at 17-0 after four overs. Lyth 9, Bean 6. We’re replying to 389.

12.17pm – We’re underway in Yorkshire’s reply to 389. We have 25 minutes until lunch. Joe Leach bowling to Adam Lyth.

12.07pm – WICKET! Leach caught at short fine-leg by Coad off Bess, 36. Worcestershire all out for 389. Bess finishes with an excellent 3-55.

12pm – WICKET! Gibbon caught behind off Revis, 3. 383-9. Revis’s first over of the morning.

11.56am – WICKET! Allison yorked by Bess, off-stump out of the ground for a well made 75. It’s 380-8 in the 100th over.

11.45am – Worcestershire have moved to 365-7 in the 97th over. Allison 70 and Leach 20 have shared 64 unbroken.

11.34am – Jordan Thompson into the attack in place of Coad. Worcestershire are 349-7 after 94 overs.

11.22am – George Hill has replaced Milnes in the attack, with Worcestershire 336-7 after 91 overs.

11.16am – Allison reaches his fifty off 87 balls with 10x4s. Worcestershire are 326-7 after 90 overs.

10.55am – WICKET! Baker then miscues the next ball to mid-on, where Revis takes the catch off Milnes. It’s 30-7.

10.54am – Worcestershire have reached 301-6 and with it have secured promotion back to Division One. Baker hits the runs to get them there.

10.47am – WICKET! D’Oliveira trapped lbw by Milnes for a fine 103. Worcestershire are 299-6 in the 84th over. Josh Baker in now. First wicket since April for Matt Milnes. A moment to savour for him after a tough few months.

10.39am – Brett D’Oliveira has reached his century off 199 balls with 16x4s. His latest was punched off the back foot through the covers. 297-5.

10.32am – Worcestershire started the day needing 20 runs to be promoted. If they reach 300 in their first innings, they are up thanks to bonus points. They have seven of the runs from the first over of the day. 287-5. Matt Milnes will share the new ball.

10.30am – The players are on their way out to the middle. Worcestershire 280-5, with D’Oliveira 90 and Allison 31. Ben Coad will be bowling with the new ball, which has been taken.

9.30am – We will have 104 overs scheduled for the day for the next two days in order to try and make up the 16 we lost yesterday. Lunch 12.40pm and Tea 3.30pm.

9.24am – The players are out there warming up at present. The sun is still shining.

8.20am – Good morning from Headingley, where it’s dry and bright. It’s a fresh but lovely autumnal type morning.

It’s all quiet out on the pitch, aside from the hum of a mower and the ground-staff putting the practice nets up. The players will begin to warm up in the next half hour to 45 minutes.

It’s quite literally the calm before the storm. We look all set to get going on time at 10.30am. Quite how far we get though is another matter. All the talk yesterday was that an afternoon storm is due to hit us around midday.

If that’s the case, there may just be enough time for Worcestershire to reach 300 for the second bonus point they need in order to secure promotion. They are 280-5 and will be promoted with 300. Yorkshire will also hope to make best use of the new ball, as they did yesterday with four early wickets before Kashif Ali 93 and Brett D’Oliveira 90 not out recovered things.

If you want to recap yesterday’s action, you can do so via our match report and reaction piece, the latter with Matt Milnes, who returned to first-team duties for the first time since April following a back stress fracture. They are both linked below.



There will be a live stream available via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page shortly before we get going at 10.30am. Enjoy the day.

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