Ali Maiden hailed the unbroken sixth-wicket double century partnership between Harry Brook and Dawid Malan as “awesome to watch” after the pair gave Yorkshire a victory sniff ahead of day four at Chelmsford.

Yorkshire, replying to 403, advanced from 81-3 at the start of day three to 425-5 at close on a day which lost eight overs to rain.

Brook finished 110 not out and Malan 87, the pair passing 200 together for the second successive LV= Insurance County Championship game.

“That was a brilliant afternoon, and the lads ended up putting on a bit of a show,” said assistant coach Maiden.

“Those two as a partnership have been like that for the last couple of games. When they get going together, they are awesome to watch.

“A run-a-ball hundred is an amazing thing to do, and Dawid just sat in and watched Brooky go.

“Brooky imposed himself quickly, hitting his first scoring shot for six. That puts the pressure on the opposition. He does that all the time and every time I’ve seen him bat. He puts the opposition under pressure.”

Yorkshire claimed four batting bonus points on a flat batting pitch.

They go into the third Sunday in a row chasing a Championship victory.

After being thwarted against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road and Kent at Headingley, fingers crossed it is third time lucky.

“The best way to win is to put them under pressure,” added Maiden.

“We want to go out there and score some runs quickly and get a significant lead with enough time to potentially force something with the ball.

“It will be hard because that pitch is flat.

“We’ll have to see what happens there. But anything can happen.”

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