lunch report Yorkshire have recovered encouragingly from the loss of three early wickets on day one against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Adam Lyth, George Hill and debutant Dimuth Karunaratne all fell after Steve Patterson won the toss and elected to bat, leaving the score at 22-3 in the 12th over. But Dawid Malan and Harry Brook have taken the score to 110-3 from 29 at lunch.
Forty-one-year-old new ball seamer Gareth Berg claimed all three wickets.
Lyth was superbly caught one-handed at second slip by Will Young before Hill and Karunaratne, the latter for 13, both edged behind.
Karunaratne opened the batting with Lyth and Hill at three, the former pushing two boundaries down the ground off Ben Sanderson before his departure.
Malan offered Northants a golden opportunity when on nought, dropped at first slip by captain Ricardo Vasconcelos on nought off Berg.
But he and Brook have batted with the fluency on display at Northampton last week, Malan reaching 56 not out and Brook 35.
Shortly after Malan reached his fifty off 61 balls, Brook pulled Simon Kerrigan for six, the penultimate over of the session going for 17 runs.
Karunaratne was one of two changes named by Yorkshire from last week’s win at Gloucestershire.
I have replaced James Wharton, while Matthew Fisher has missed out with a back issue. Matthew Revis has taken his place from him.
1.03pm – Lunch. After an early wobble, Malan and Brook have advanced Yorkshire cause to go from 22-3 to 110-3 at lunch. 29 bowled overs. Malan 56 and Brook 35.
12.57pm Malan reaches his fifty off 61 balls with seven fours. Lovely knock. 97-3 now as we approach lunch.
Hang on a minute, Brook has just pulled Kerrigan for six over mid-wicket, with 17 runs coming off Simon Kerrigan in the 28th over of the innings. Brook has 35, Malan 52. 106-3.
12.42pm Shaheen Shah Afridi got Marnus Labuschagne for eight this morning on his Middlesex debut at Cardiff. Glamorgan are 58-7 in Division Two.
Here at Wantage Road, Yorkshire have advanced to 73-3. Malan 30 and Brook 24.
12.22pm A couple of boundaries in the last couple of overs. Brook pulls Kelly to move to 20 and Malan drives Procter through to covers to move to 18. 57-3 in the 20th.
12.07pm Yorkshire have advanced to 37-3 in the 16th over, with Malan 12 and Brook 6. Huge partnership for Yorkshire as they bid to recover from the early departures.
11.47am WICKET Karunaratne caught behind off Berg for 13. 22-3.
11.31am Crikey. That could be costly. Vasconcelos has just dropped Malan on next, at first slip. As slip catches go, that was pretty straightforward. Berg almost has a third. 17-2.
11.21am WICKET Hill is caught behind off Berg, 4. Yorkshire 15-2 in the sixth over.
11.17am Lovely shot from Karunaratne, who pushes Sanderson back past him for four. The left-hander is wearing shirt number 16 and has Dimuth on his back. It’s 11-1 in the fifth over.
11.16am Funny how things work out isn’t it. Last season, this game, this ground, was when George Hill was elevated to open the batting and scored an excellent half-century. He has impressed as an opener since, but understandably drops down a place to make way for Karunaratne this week.
11.14am WICKET What a catch that is. Lyth falls to Berg, caught one-handed by Young at second slip diving to his right. It’s 3-1 in the fourth over.
11.03am The live stream link for this game is on the Northants website.
11am Ben Sanderson will get us going against Adam Lyth. Dimuth Karunaratne Lyth’s new opening partner.
10.38am Yorkshire have won the toss and elected to bat first.
Northamptonshire: Vasconcelos c, Young, Gay, Zaib, Keogh, Procter, McManus w, Kerrigan, Berg, Kelly, Sanderson.
Yorkshire: Lyth, Karunaratne, Hill, Malan, Brook, Duke w, Bess, Thompson, Revis, Patterson c, Rauf.
10.25am Yorkshire scorer John Potter has just come into the press box asking about the last time the county fielded two overseas players in a Championship game. We think we have worked it out. 2007 at Hove, Imran Tahir and Inzamam. The following year, counties were only able to field one.
10.15am If you want to recap our preview to this game, Darren Gough and Ottis Gibson talking about Haris Rauf, it’s here…..
Haris Rauf will wreck a batting order or two. visit here.
10:10 a.m. Before we get going here at Northampton, let’s have a look at the other fixtures around the country today.
Kent v Hampshire, Canterbury
Lancashire v Gloucestershire, Old Trafford
Surrey v Somerset, Oval
Warwickshire v Essex, Edgbaston
Durham v Nottinghamshire, Riverside
Glamorgan v Middlesex, Cardiff
Leicestershire v Derbyshire, Grace Road
Worcestershire v Sussex, New Road
10:08 a.m. Congratulations to Joe Root, who has been named Wisden’s leading cricketer in the world for 2021, with the Wisden Almanack published today.
Root posted a superb 1,708 runs in 15 matches in 2021, the third-highest number of Test runs in a calendar year.
Former Yorkshire seamer Ollie Robinson has been named as one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year alongside Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, Devon Conway and Dane van Niekerk.
Root, 31, hit 1,708 runs in 15 matches in 2021, the third-highest number of Test runs scored in a calendar year.
Good morning from Wantage Road, Northampton.
The sun is shining ahead of our second LV= Insurance County Championship match of the season, against Northamptonshire.
We are all set for an 11am start, as per usual, as we aim to build on last week’s win over Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Dimuth Karunaratne makes his debut for Yorkshire today, the first of his three game overseas stint.
If the Sri Lanka Test captain can put in a performance today, it would be the perfect way to start given it is the left-hander’s 34th birthday.
He is one of three likely overseas debutants in this match, with Northants set to unleash Australian seamer Matt Kelly and New Zealand batter Will Young.
There will be a live stream in operation once again when we get going against a side who drew their opening game against Gloucester a fortnight or so ago. Enjoy the day.