Brilliant Joe keeps Tykes hopes alive

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Sheffield’s Joe Root scored his maiden first-class century to put Yorkshire back in the match on the second day of their LV= County Championship clash against Sussex at Scarborough.

The 20-year-old England Lions batsman, who also plays for Sheffield Collegiate, the same club for who Michael Vaughan first stepped out, was still there at the close with 111 as Yorkshire reached 251 for four in 45 overs.

Root’s chanceless century came off 188 deliveries and contained 18 cleanly struck boundaries.

Sussex had a chance to take control of the game when they resumed in the morning on 335 for five with Yardy on 126 and Wernars 16, but Yorkshire hit back well by claiming the last five wickets for 63.

Replying to the visitors’ first-innings of 398, Yorkshire’s acting captain Jacques Rudolph was out for only a single, the South African and edging to wicketkeeper Ben Brown off Wayne Parnell.

Root, coming in at the fall of Rudolph’s wicket, was helped in repairing the early damage by Anthony McGrath, and they moved the score on to 81 before McGrath was lbw to Amjad Khan for 29.

England finished a rain hit first day of the fourth npower Test at The Oval with a useful initial advantage over India.

There was the hint of a gamble in Andrew Strauss’ decision to bat first, under heavy cloud cover. He could therefore be satisfied with an outcome of 75 for none in the 26 overs which proved possible before the early close.

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