Adam Lyth completed a superb 111 on his home ground and Jordan Thompson crashed a swashbuckling 54 batting with the tail as Yorkshire posted a commanding 340 all out on day two against Durham at Scarborough.

Yorkshire have put themselves in a healthy but far from winning position at the halfway stage of this LV= Insurance County Championship clash with the Division Two leaders, for whom new ball pair Ben Raine and Matthew Potts claimed four wickets apiece.

The hosts advanced from 142-2 overnight, with Lyth resuming on 75. 

Durham then made significant inroads into Yorkshire’s total in 33 overs before close, reaching 106-1.

Lyth’s former Yorkshire opening partner – his Championship-title winning partner in crime in 2014 and 2015 – Alex Lees impressively led Durham’s response with 65 not out.

Jordan Thompson

Picture by Allan McKenzie/ Jordan Thompson hits out on his way to a fifty.

Lees is in scintillating form at present. He has scored four hundreds in his last five Championship innings and is the leading scorer in either division, the only man to pass 1,000 runs.

Thirty-five-year-old opener Lyth scored his second first-class century on his home ground at North Marine Road, and his season’s haul of 757 means he is now in the top 10 leading run-scorers in Division Two.

That he did it against Raine (48) and Potts (46) – the two leading wicket-takers in Division Two – made this innings even more impressive. 

Durham clearly had much more success today in striking eight times for the addition of 198 runs, but they still weren’t at their best and dropped a couple of chances in the slips.

Yorkshire reached an early lunch on 211-3, with rain – very heavy for 10 minutes or so – preventing play between 12.35pm and 2pm. 

Ryan Rickelton was the only morning wicket to fall when trapped lbw by Raine for 13, while Lyth reached his third hundred of the season off 157 balls.

Two balls after reaching his hundred, Migael Pretorius and Durham thought they had Lyth caught behind by Ollie Robinson. But umpires O’Shaughnessy and Shanmugam adjudged it hadn’t carried.

Unfortunately for Lyth, there was no doubt when Raine had him caught behind cutting after lunch, though the hometown hero left to a rapturous ovation with the score 212-4 in the 63rd over.

Durham then created an opening for themselves, adding the wickets of Matthew Revis and Jonny Tattersall.

Wicketkeeper Robinson helped Potts remove Revis for 15, but at the second attempt after extra bounce. 

And when Tattersall dragged a pull at Bas de Leede onto his stumps for 18, Yorkshire were 236-6 in the 69th over.

But Thompson led the way to ensure Yorkshire got their noses back in front. 

Ben Coad actually started things off with a pulled six off Potts, and his 19 was followed by a more circumspect but not slow 24 from Matthew Fisher.

Both fell – Coad caught at point off de Leede and Fisher lbw to Raine, who also had Mark Steketee caught at mid-on – as the score fell to 312-9 in the 83rd over.

At the other end, Thompson pressed the accelerator to delight the 2,500 strong crowd. 

He clobbered four leg-side sixes – added to as many boundaries – off de Leede and Raine (three). One of them off Raine went out of the ground over mid-wicket and into the houses which surround this venue. It didn’t, however, threaten the recently erected Jonny Bairstow mural painted onto one of the guesthouses at the Trafalgar Square End. 

Shortly after reaching his second fifty of the season off 52 balls, left-handed Thompson tried to hit a fifth six and was caught at long-leg off Potts to wrap up the innings on the stroke of tea, Yorkshire claiming two batting points.

Durham then started their reply in equally commanding fashion as Yorkshire, like Durham had on day one, were unable to make early inroads.

Alex Lees

Picture by Allan McKenzie/ Alex Lees.

Lees was particularly strong down the ground and through the covers and lofted Coad for a straight six en-route to a fifty off 64 balls.

He had seen opening partner Michael Jones caught behind by Thompson’s second ball, leaving the score at 42-1 in the 10th over, but advanced alongside captain Scott Borthwick (29) through to close.

They shared an unbroken 64 for the second wicket. Twenty one overs were lost in the day, including the last nine of the day due to bad light from 6.40pm onwards.

Jonny Bairstow

Picture by Allan McKenzie/ Enterprising advertising at Scarborough.

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