Cricket: Lees-y does it as Tykes start well at Lord’s

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Alex Lees scored an unbeaten century in only his third LV= County Championship match to lead Yorkshire to a commanding 215 for two against Middlesex on a day shortened by persistent drizzle and bad light at Lord’s yesterday.

With rain stopping play four times and bad light bringing a further interruption, it was not easy for the batsmen to maintain their concentration but Lees showed he had a sound temperament as well as a solid technique by reaching his century in the penultimate over in dazzling sunshine.

He had been batting more than four and a half hours and faced 221 balls when he swept off spinner Ollie Rayner nervelessly for his 11th four to complete his second first-class hundred.

Yorkshire are missing their England trio of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan as well as Gary Ballance (virus), Jack Brooks (broken thumb) and Moin Ashraf (stiff back).

Lees had managed only 12 runs in his three previous championship innings.