Lyth puts Yorkshire on top
A review of Monday's action in the LV= County Championship which included a stunning innings from Adam Lyth.
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Opener Adam Lyth scored his fifth century of the season to give LV= County Championship Division One title chasers Yorkshire the upper hand in their crucial Roses battle against Lancashire.
Lyth, who is the competition's top run-scorer, finished day two at Old Trafford 182 not out, the latest eye-catching contribution in a campaign that has thrust him firmly into England's Test thoughts.
The White Rose closed on 396 for five, a burgeoning lead of 116 that should offer a platform for victory.
While Lyth was the constant thorn in Lancashire's side, there were also handy knocks from Alex Lees (40), New Zealander Kane Williamson (46), Jonny Bairstow (60) and Adil Rashid, who finished unbeaten on 44.
Yorkshire's title push was further boosted by second-placed Nottinghamshire's struggles against reletation threatened Durham at Chester-le-Street.
Home skipper Paul Collingwood came to the fore with bat and ball - taking three for 26 having previously picked up one scalp all season, then making an important 38no.
Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 188, a 65-run deficit, before Durham's second innings reached 196 for seven at stumps.
Gary Keedy kept the visitors in the hunt, claiming four for 56.
Third-placed Warwickshire saw rain ruin their hopes of making progress against Middlesex at Lord's, with just seven overs possible.
In that time they lost two wickets for 24 runs, Rikki Clarke gone for 94, before declaring on 362 for eight.
There was also a truncated day at Taunton, where 29 overs took place in Northamptonshire's first innings against Somerset.
Resuming on 39 without loss, the away side lost three wickets to Craig Overton to slip to 134 for four.
In Division Two, leaders Worcestershire were evenly poised in their match against Derbyshire at the County Ground.
The hosts finished on 356 all out, their last two wickets adding 33 in the morning session, before the Pears managed 221 for six in reply.
There were half-centuries for Daryl Mitchell (67) and Tom Fell (70) as well as four wickets from 28-year-old seamer Mark Footitt.
Worcestershire's fellow promotion hopefuls Hampshire had just 10 overs of action against Leicestershire at the Rose Bowl.
The Foxes' final wicket fell to the sixth ball of a weather-ravaged day, ending their innings on 303, before Jimmy Adams hit a lively 29no to see the home team to 48 without loss inside nine overs.
At Canterbury, there was little to pick between Kent and Glamorgan.
Responding to Glamorgan's 329 all out, Kent moved to 205 for four.
Daniel Bell-Drummond's 71 was the largest individual tally but he fell 10 overs before the close to Graeme Wagg.