ADAM LYTH completed his first century across all formats since September 2018 as Yorkshire secured a second batting bonus point for passing 250 during the third morning against Lancashire at Emerald Headingley.

With the race for a final berth in the Bob Willis Trophy reaching its conclusion - this is the fourth North Group game of five - all points are vital.

The weather will almost certainly render this game a draw, leaving bonus points as the primary objective.

Yorkshire started this fixture only two points behind North Group leaders Derbyshire.

Starting day three on 178-6 from 66 overs in their first innings, Yorkshire were bowled out for 260 in 93 thanks to Lyth’s 103 and valuable contributions from confident George Hill (29) and Duanne Olivier (20 not out). Lancashire reached lunch at 3-0 from three overs in reply.

Danny Lamb claimed two of the four morning wickets to fall, securing a first-class career best 4-55.

Lyth moved from 86 not out to 100, bringing up three figures off 218 balls with 15 fours and two sixes. 

His 14th and 15th boundaries came off successive deliveries against Lamb to get him to his hundred.

Lyth and Hill completed a seventh-wicket partnership of 55 having shared previous half-century stands with Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Jonny Tattersall.

Lyth was the first of the four morning wickets, caught at first slip by Keaton Jennings having aimed a loose drive at Tom Bailey - 219-7 in the 80th over.

Hill then followed in the next over, bowled by Lamb for an eye-catching 29, leaving the score at 221-8.

Steve Patterson was then Lamb’s fourth victim, also caught at first slip by Jennings, as Yorkshire’s pursuit of a second batting bonus point fell into nervy territory at 234-9 in the 85th.

But Olivier steered his side beyond 250 for batting point number two before George Balderson wrapped up the innings 20 minutes before lunch by trapping Jared Warner lbw for four.