Harry Brook’s fabulous career best 194 headlined a dominant Yorkshire batting performance as they eye an LV= Insurance County Championship victory over Kent at Headingley.
Following Dawid Malan’s 152 on day two, Dom Bess added 89 and Matthew Revis 53 as Yorkshire amassed a record 571 in their first-innings reply to 291.
They took a lead of 280 into the final 50 overs of day three, which Kent ended on 118-2 trailing by 162.
Brook was clearly frustrated at missing out on a maiden double century, as was Bess when he fell short of his first Yorkshire hundred – the pair departing either side of lunch.
But they were excellent against a Kent attack who just weren’t able to build any of they pressure they had done with the first new ball on day two when they bowled 15 maidens out of the first 22.
Yorkshire started day three on 326-5 with a lead of 35 and were bowled out by mid-afternoon.
Brook, who cut and square drove a lot of his runs, shared partnerships of 269 for the fourth wicket with Malan on day two and completed 151 with Bess for the sixth during the third morning.
The former is now the second leading run-scorer in Division One with 512, including reaching at least 50 in all five innings so far. That also included a century in the first innings of the season opening win over Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Kent opener Ben Compton is top of the pile, with his unbeaten 67 before close taking his tally to 534 for the campaign.
Bess obviously starred alongside Brook, while fast-improving all-rounder Revis had another day to remember after his contributions at Northampton last week.
The Sedbergh School product hoisted three sixes in a belligerent maiden first-class fifty before taking the first wicket of the Kent second innings – England opener Zak Crawley no less.
Unfortunately, Yorkshire were unable to utilise the pace of Haris Rauf in Kent’s second innings. The Pakistan fast bowler did not take the field as he was having a minor niggle in his left side assessed by the medical team.
Brook and Bess fell short of their personal milestones either side of lunch.
Brook gloved a pull at seamer Nathan Gilchrist behind down leg, the third batter of the innings to fall in that fashion following Adam Lyth and Malan (465-6 in the 114th over).
By that time, Yorkshire had secured the maximum five batting bonus points.
Bess later edged a drive at Jack Leaning’s off-spin to slip before sinking to his knees in frustration as the score fell to 496-7 six overs later.
One of the three sixes for Revis, slapped over cover, came off Leaning’s bowling after the former Yorkshire player had sent down a high and wide delivery which clearly slipped from his grasp and landed well wide of the cut strip.
South African left-arm spinner George Linde claimed the last three wickets of the Yorkshire innings after lunch, including Revis caught high at cover after reaching his fifty in 53 balls.
Yorkshire being without new ball pacer Rauf was clearly a blow to them, but Revis, Jordan Thompson, who earlier hit a brisk 33 with the bat, Steve Patterson and Bess took on the task.
Revis claimed the first of the two wickets to fall when Crawley (5) drilled a full toss back at him in his follow through with the score on 18 in the 11th over.
After tea, Patterson forced Daniel Bell-Drummond to drive low to Dimuth Karunaratne at cover, with the first-innings centurion falling for only two this time as Kent slipped to 27-2 in the 18th.
Patterson had Compton dropped on 46, while a couple of other chances went down in the field.
Compton then reached his fifty off 115 balls, while Leaning advanced to an unbeaten 31.
For the second Sunday running, Yorkshire will head into the final day of a game chasing victory with the ball.
Last week at Northampton, they needed all 10 wickets, though conditions remain good for batting like they were at Wantage Road.