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LIVE BLOG: ESSEX V YORKSHIRE, CC, DAY TWO

— 5 May 2018

Harry Brook

“I’ve trained really hard recently, and it’s really nice to get some runs in first-team cricket.

“It’s my first score over 50, and I’m quite happy with it. I just wish I could have got a few more.

“I got out playing a shocking shot. But that happens in cricket, and hopefully I’ve helped our side into a position to win the game.

“After getting bowled out for 50, we’re in a lot better position and looking strong.”

6.30pm That’s close. Another day which went this way and that. Essex, chasing 238, ended it on 97-4 from 32 overs, needing 141 more to win. Dan Lawrence and Ryan ten Doeschate both in the twenties.

6.03pm We have seven overs remaining in the day and Essex are 83-4 after 25. Lawrence has 18 and Ten Doeschate 17.

5.25pm Third wicket for Yorkshire and third for Steve Patterson, who bowls Nick Browne for 10. Essex are 55-3 and need a partnership. Patterson’s wicket of Alastair Cook, by the way, was his 350th career first-class wicket. Make that four as Ravi Bopara is caught at backward point. 55-4.

5pm Two wickets in four balls. Westley lbw Patterson, 0. It’s 34-2.

4.55pm And there it is, Cook bowled Patterson for 26. Essex are now 34-1. Nearly a second as Tom Westley plays and misses at his first ball.

4.50pm Yorkshire need a pick-me-up. Essex have advanced to 29-0 in the eighth over of their reply, with a second chance going down. This time it was Jack Leaning at third slip off Ben Coad’s bowling – neck high and sharp but Leaning would have certainly expected to take it. Alastair Cook gets a life on 20. 238 the target.

4.25pm Essex’s chase of 238 is underway, and they are 1-0 in the second over. There has already been a sharp caught and bowled chance to Jack Brooks with Nick Browne on nought, but unfortunately it went down.

Tea Report

Yorkshire set Essex a target of 238 during a disappointing second afternoon at Chelmsford which saw them lose their last seven wickets for 53.

The White Rose remain very much in the hunt to win this Specsavers County Championship match despite being bowled out for 50 in their first innings.

But they did have the advantage at the midway point in the session at 276-3, leading by 184 with centurion Harry Brook and Joe Root together.

Unfortunately, they were the first two of those seven to fall, ending Yorkshire’s second innings for 329 on the stroke of tea.

Root was bowled for 35 off the inside edge as he drove at Ravi Bopara’s medium pacers before Brook, with 124 to his name, miscued Simon Harmer’s off-spin to long-on running in.

3.40pm Yorkshire are currently 317-9, leading by 225 as Jack Leaning manipulates the strike with only last man Ben Coad for company. Only Alastair Cook at slip is within striking distance of the bat as Leaning refuses singles out into the deep.

3.20pm Steve Patterson drives Siddle through the covers for a couple and Yorkshire’s second-innings total is into the 300s. They are 301-7, leading by 209. This could be an absolute belter of a finish.

3pm Tim Bresnan trapped lbw by Jamie Porter with one that keeps low. Yorkshire slip to 290-7, effectively 198-7.

2.45pm Yorkshire have lost three wickets for 14 runs, the latest of them Gary Ballance bowled by Ravi Bopara for three. They are 290-6, leading by 198. Tim Bresnan and Jack Leaning at the crease.

2.35pm Two quick wickets for Essex as Harry Brook departs for an excellent 124, caught at long-on off Harmer, who forces him into a miscue. Yorkshire are 288-5, leading by 196.

2.20pm Root has been bowled off the inside-edge by Bopara for 35. Yorkshire now 278-4.

2pm Yorkshire 266-3 after 66 overs, leading by 174. Brook 109 and Root 30.

Lunch Report

Harry Brook posted his maiden first-class century as Yorkshire pressed ahead during the second morning against Essex at Chelmsford.

The 19-year-old batsman batted through the morning unbroken to advance from 57 to reach a 129-ball century on the stroke of lunch.

Yorkshire have gone into lunch at 260-3 from 61 overs, a lead of 168, with Brook on 108 and Joe Root on 25.

The only wicket to fall this morning was that of Che Pujara for 41, bowled offering no shot at a delivery from Australian Peter Siddle.

Yorkshire are now in an incredibly healthy position as they bid to bounce back from being bowled out for 50 in the first innings.

12.55pm Harry Brook gets to his maiden first-class century off 129 balls and earns a big hug of congratulations from England’s Test captain Joe Root. Yorkshire 254-3 in the 60th over.

12.45pm Away from Chelmsford, David Willey is making his IPL debut for Chennai against Bangalore at present.

12.32pm Yorkshire 217-3 as we head into the final half hour of the session. Brook 79 and Root 15.

Here’s some thoughts from Jack Brooks, who is currently on BBC Radio,

“I did have to down my tea quite quickly (yesterday as wickets fell). Hopefully I’ll have a day sat in my shorts and T-shirt today.

“The pitch had a bit in it, and we had to go out there with an aggressive intent and assert our authority on the game. We stuck to our task. It was a great final session for us

“We had to take the fact we’d been bowled out for 50 out of it and just keep hitting the right areas.

“Jonny was saying out on the field that he wanted a dig at opening. He does that for us and England in one-day cricket, and he’s a confident lad. Thankfully it paid of for us and he got us off to a great start.”

I don’t think it was a 50 all out and 140 all lout pitch, but there were quite a few iffy shots.

12.10pm Root drives Cook through the covers for four having played an identical shot for two earlier in the over. He has 12 of 206-3, a lead of 114.

11.48am Oh no, quite a misjudgement from Che Pujara, who leaves alone a Peter Siddle delivery only to find it crashes into his off-stump. Gone for 41 and Yorkshire are 190-3 with a lead of 98. Joe Root is in.

11.31am It’s been a very encouraging opening half hour for Yorkshire, with Harry Brook and Che Pujara seeing off the early threat. As we saw from yesterday, things can change very quickly, but there are signs of frustration from the hosts, with Jamie Porter kicking the turf a couple of times already. Yorkshire 184-2 and leading by 92. Brook is on 65 and Pujara 37.

11.12am Che Pujara drives Jamie Porter down the ground for the first boundary of the day, then he edges second through the slips. He moves to 35 and it’s 176-2.

11.01am Play is up and running at Chelmsford. Yorkshire are 161-2, leading by 69. Pujara has 22 and Brook on 57.

Good morning from Chelmsford, where it is another lovely sunny morning ahead of day two against Essex.

Well, after a lie down in a darkened room we are all set for another day in this crazy fixture. 22 wickets on day one, Yorkshire bowled out for 50 and yet they still ended up with the marginal advantage at close.

Few batsmen looked at ease at the crease; Dan Lawrence for Essex and Jonny Bairstow and Harry Brook for Yorkshire, with the latter two both scoring half-centuries.

Brooks will begin this morning unbeaten on a career best 57 having taken the attack to Essex’s former South Africa Test spinner Simon Harmer last night.

Yorkshire resume on 161-2, leading by 69. Che Pujara is also unbeaten on 22.

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