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Yorkshire establish strong position in LV= division one game against Sussex
Yorkshire’s batsmen built on the good work of their side’s bowlers to establish a fairly strong position at the close of the second day of the LV= division one game against Sussex at Hove.
Replying to the home side’s first innings 292, Andrew Gale’s team were 246-4 at stumps, a deficit of just 46 runs and the title-chasing White Rose batsmen will look to establish a substantial lead today.
New Zealander Kane Williamson made a patient 80 not out and shared a high-quality second-wicket stand of 164 with opener Adam Lyth, who made 93.
However, the final session brought disappointments for the visitors. Lyth was caught at slip when dabbing at spinner Ashar Zaidi and Andrew Gale then made 28 before edging James Anyon to wicketkeeper Ben Brown.
Further gloss was taken off Yorkshire’s day when York’s Jonny Bairstow was bowled for eight when attempting a loose drive at Anyon.
In the first session, Lyth and Williamson recovered from the loss of Phil Jaques’s wicket and were well-placed on 71-1 at lunch.
Jaques was lbw to a full-length ball from Steve Magoffin after impressing in his brief innings of 21, but the second-wicket pair saw off the new ball and took their side to a secure position at the first interval.
At that stage Lyth was unbeaten on 31 and Williamson was 17 not out. Both had played with growing confidence on what looks to be a fairly flat pitch. The Yorkshire pair then enjoyed an outstanding afternoon session adding 95 runs in 32 overs without losing a wicket as the five-man Sussex attack failed to induce more than a couple of false shots.
The pair went into tea with their side on 166-1, just 126 runs in arrears with nine wickets in hand.
Lyth looked in particularly fine form and was 80 not out, having hit eight fours in getting to his 114-ball 50. Williamson took one ball fewer to get to his half-century and was 58 not out at the second break.
“At the beginning of the day I would have taken 93 but I was very disappointed not to go on and get three figures,” said Lyth.
“I don’t really think about getting out in the nineties but I have got out between 90 and 99 seven times now. Hopefully in the next game I can go on and get that hundred that I need.
“They bowled very well to Kane and myself but we knew that if we dug in the runs would come.
“There was no real tactic to lay a platform for later batsmen but they bowled well and you have to respect that.
“We know that it’s a very good wicket but when they bowl line and length it’s tough to score. Steve Magoffin bowled 25 (overs) for 29 runs and his line and length were unbelievable.”
Early in the morning Ryan Sidebottom had Sussex’s last man Lewis Hatchett lbw for 21 and finished the innings with 4-50.
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