Adam Lyth is confident there is plenty of more of where that came from as he forges what looks to be a profitable opening partnership with fellow leftie Fin Bean.

The pair shared 154 unbroken for the first wicket to give Yorkshire an excellent start to their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Worcestershire at New Road.

Lyth posted 77 and Bean 69 during only 33.3 overs of play amidst a rainy day one in the Midlands.

This was Yorkshire’s highest opening partnership since Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Shaun Marsh shared 162 against Surrey at The Oval in September 2017.

Lyth and Bean came together briefly at the back end of last season before reconvening at the start of this.

Lyth hasn’t really had a settled opening partner since the Championship winning days of 2014 and 2015 when Alex Lees and him scored runs for fun together.

Fingers crossed, this could be the start of a similarly strong alliance, with Lyth having posted one century this season and Bean two.

“Beany’s doing very well,” said Lyth. “We’re two completely different players. He plays his own way, and he’s got his own strengths. But he’s doing really, really well.

“One of his biggest strengths is concentration.

“If we keep playing like this, there’s going to be a lot more 100 partnerships to come.”

On the day in general, which included a near four-hour rain delay from 1.55pm to 5.45pm, Lyth continued: “We were put in on a slightly green wicket, which this morning did quite a lot at times. 

“I don’t think they bowled quite as well as they maybe could do, but me and Beany have played really well there to get us up to 150-odd for none. It’s almost the perfect day without the stoppages in play.

“We’ve both played really well at times this season. It’s just nice that on a slightly green wicket, we’ve managed to get through that and play well together.

“Hopefully, if the weather holds off tomorrow, we can contribute some more to the total.

“The wicket actually came through quite nice. There was a bit of a slow outfield with the rain, but you got value for your shots. 

“It would be interesting to see how a Dukes ball would play out there because there was a bit of seam movement.”

The pair weren’t without fortune. Bean was dropped on 28 and 41 and Lyth on 41. His was at second slip off former team-mate Matthew Waite.

“From mine, if I’d have been caught I wouldn’t have been too disheartened because it was a really good from Waitey, who I thought was their best bowler by a long way,” he said. 

“It helps facing him in the nets for a long time when he was at Yorkshire, knowing his skillset. He was unlucky not to pick up a couple of wickets today.”

The ball after being dropped, Lyth cut it for four to reach 13,000 career first-class runs.  

The 35-year-old added: “It’s a nice personal milestone, but hopefully there’s plenty more to come from me. Onto the next one. 

“I feel like I’ve struck the ball really well this season.

“T20 was disappointing from my standards, but you’re always going to have a slight blip having done well for the last three, four, five seasons. But this red ball form can hopefully continue.”

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