Lyth misses out but Tykes start well
A review of Wedesday's action in the LV= County Championship as Yorkshire started well but Middlesex struggled.
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Adam Lyth fell just short of his third first-class hundred of the season as title-chasing Yorkshire posted 327 for eight on the first day of their LV= County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Lyth eventually fell for 95 while Adil Rashid (78) and Liam Plunkett (41) added valuable middle-order runs for league leaders Yorkshire, who are looking to extend their 10-point advantage over nearest challengers Sussex.
Jonny Bairstow, available for county duty after being omitted by England, was unbeaten on 24 at the close while Luke Fletcher (five for 66) and Harry Gurney (three for 60) were the stars for Nottinghamshire as they snared all eight wickets to fall between them.
Third-placed Middlesex were finding life tough against bottom side Derbyshire as they closed day two still trailing their opponents' first-innings total by 188 runs with only four wickets remaining.
Replying to Derbyshire's 385, Middlesex limped to 197 for six with Matt Higginbottom taking three for 51, including the valuable wickets of Adam Voges (69) and Eoin Morgan (28).
Earlier, home captain Wayne Madsen finished unbeaten on 138 as Derbyshire added an extra 106 runs to their overnight 279 for six, with last two Tim Groenewald (49) and Mark Footitt (19) helping their skipper frustrate Middlesex.
In the other Division One match taking place, Ateeq Javid (103) and Laurie Evans (130) both made unbeaten centuries to lead an impressive Warwickshire fightback against relegation-threatened Somerset at Edgbaston.
Having made 340 on Tuesday, Somerset looked in control as they reduced Warwickshire to 38 for three but 21-year-old Javid - with his maiden first-class century - and Evans launched a superb response with an unbroken 245-run stand as the defending champions closed on 283 for three.
In Division Two, promotion hopefuls Northamptonshire left themselves in a formidable position at the end of the second day against Essex at Colchester.
To begin with, Andrew Hall and Steven Crook both scored 63 to help Northamptonshire push their overnight 343 for five to an imposing 531 all out, and then Crook took two wickets as Essex slumped to 187 for five in reply.
It would have been even better for the visitors but Ryan ten Doeschate (47 not out) and James Foster (39no) put on an unbroken 84-run stand for the sixth wicket as Essex enjoyed some joy at the end of a tough day.
Gloucestershire, in third place, were unable to build on a good start to their match against Kent at Canterbury as the hosts recovered from 46 for three before closing on 334 for six.
Ben Harmison led the way for Kent with 106 while Darren Stevens (98 not out) and Rob Key (53) also made significant contributions.
The bowlers were on top at Swansea where 13 wickets fell on the opening day of the battle between the bottom two sides, Glamorgan and Leicestershire.
Australian paceman Michael Hogan took five for 43 - passing 50 Championship wickets for the season in the process - as last-placed Leicestershire were bowled out for 203 having won the toss, but the Glamorgan batsmen were unable to capitalise as they slipped to 36 for three at the close.