Adam Lyth and Fin Bean continued their superb form at the top of Yorkshire’s order to help ensure an excellent start to the LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Division Two leaders Durham at Scarborough, where rain limited play to a little more than a solitary session.
Lyth and Bean shared an unbroken 113 inside 31 overs having been inserted under an unsettled sky, contributing to close of play 142-2 from 38 overs
Unfortunately, during the lunch break, hail hit the North Marine Road venue, and further rain meant there was only nine more overs bowled from 5.30pm onwards.
Lyth, on his home ground, top-scored with 75 not out off 118 balls having reached his fifty off 78 in the latter stages of the morning. Bean made 46.
As Durham’s bowlers failed to find either a consistent line or length, Lyth was strong on the drive and Bean the cut. Both also worked off their legs in hitting nine boundaries apiece.
The two left-handers have been in scintillating form for Yorkshire in the last few weeks.
They shared 177 in the first innings of the draw at Worcestershire and added 94 in the stalemate against Sussex at Headingley last week. Like today, the last two games were also rain-affected.
Yorkshire have now lost 1,308 overs to weather this season, including 38 today.
That tally includes the washout against Gloucestershire at Bristol in April when not a ball was bowled.
Almost 350 of those have come in the last three games – here, at Worcestershire and against Sussex at Headingley last week.
Ben Raine had a couple of confident lbw shouts against Lyth turned down in the opening over, but Durham’s much vaunted seam attack of Raine, Matthew Potts, Migael Pretorius and Bas de Leede were unable to build sustained pressure.
That was best shown during the penultimate over of the morning when Lyth and Bean took 17 off Netherlands international de Leede’s seam, including a a trio of boundaries and a pair of no balls.
There was a 2.30pm restart planned by umpires O’Shaughnessy and Shanmugam, but rain returned just as they accompanied the players back onto the field.
Puddles quickly formed on the square, and it took until 5.30pm before play was able to resume.
When it did, Bean was trapped lbw stuck on the crease with the seventh ball – Potts’ first.
Lyth went on to uppercut a couple of boundaries off the England Test bowler, who then trapped Hill lbw before bad light ended play at 6pm.