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Yorkshire lose two wickets before lunch at Northants
PHIL JAQUES and Andrew Gale have steadied the ship after the loss of two wickets within the opening hour of Yorkshire’s LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road, reaching lunch at 76-2 from 31 overs.
After Gale elected to bat first upon winning the toss, Adam Lyth and Joe Root fell to David Willey and Olly Stone respectively to leave the score at 44-2 in the 12th over.
Lyth fended a fearsome delivery from left-armer Willey, the son of former England player and umpire Peter, to James Middlebrook in the gully before Root edged behind Stone’s second delivery, one he should have left alone.
Jaques and Gale have looked relatively untroubled during their 32-run stand for the third wicket, the former top-edging Willey for six over fine-leg and Gale hitting successive boundaries through point and backward point off Andrew Hall.
The pair will resume on 24 and 19 respectively this afternoon.
Yorkshire have gone into the match with two changes from the draw at Leicestershire, which finished on Monday.
Rich Pyrah has replaced Steve Harmison and Adil Rashid has come in for Anthony McGrath.
Tim Bresnan has been nominated as a replacement for Pyrah. He will be able to join the game tomorrow should he not be selected by England for the second Test against South Africa at Headingley.