Northants v Yorks - Day Three

  • Last Updated: June 2 2014, 19:01 BST

Yorkshire took complete control of their LV= County Championship Division One clash against Northamptonshire on a record-breaking third day at Wantage Road.

Alex Lees of Yorkshire
Alex Lees of Yorkshire

Adam Lyth and Alex Lees put on 375 for the opening wicket with the former registering a brilliant 230 in 546 for three declared before the visitors reduced the hosts to 66 for three at the close.

That left Northamptonshire 365 runs behind with seven wickets left as they looked to avoid slipping to a fifth defeat of the season.

Yorkshire resumed on 237 without loss - a lead of 122 - and made steady progress adding to it as they saw off the second new ball with Lyth bringing up his 150 off off 279 balls.

The 300 partnership came up when Lyth hit Matthew Spriegel over long-on to take himself and Lees past Percy Holmes and Roy Kilner's Yorkshire record for any wicket against Northamptonshire.

Lyth brought up his double hundred off 351 balls with a four off Azharullah but Northants eventually had their breakthrough as Lees fell for 138.

Maurice Chambers took the catch off Spriegel at mid-on to end the mammoth opening partnership -

the fourth highest for any wicket in Yorkshire history and biggest of the County season thus far.

Aaron Finch was bumped up the order to three on his four-day debut for the club as Yorkshire went in search of a declaration and soon began making an impact with back-to-back fours before the visitors went past the 400 mark.

Lyth eventually went for 230 as he was caught behind by Ben Duckett off the bowling of Andrew Hall, his innings consisting of 31 fours and a six off 398 balls.

Finch and Jack Leaning kept the scoreboard ticking over at a good rate with the Australian launching a six before bad light brought an early tea.

Finch clobbered another maximum before departing for 63 off just 64 balls with Stephen Peters snaffling him at cover off Chambers.

Jack Leaning (52 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (25 not out) then put on a brisk 60, with the latter registering his maiden first-class 50, before the declaration eventually arrived.

Peters and James Middlebrook got the home chase off to steady start but the wheels came off when the latter was caught behind off Tim Bresnan to leave them 31 for one.

Just one was added before Lyth caught Peters off the same bowler at second slip for 26 and, when Jack Brooks had Alex Sales lbw for a duck three balls later, Northamptonshire were in real trouble.

Spriegel (14no) and Rob Keogh (19no) guided the home side to the close, but with much more work left to do to salvage anything on the final day.