Tykes star as England Lions take control

Yorkshire's Adam Lyth, left, and Alex Lees piled on the runs for England Lions
Yorkshire's Adam Lyth, left, and Alex Lees piled on the runs for England Lions
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Yorkshire players continued to dominate as England Lions remained on course to begin their tour of South Africa with victory after closing day two of their tour match with a Gauteng Invitation XI strongly.

On a day where 19 wickets fell, the tourists built on the platform they had been given by centuries from Sam Robson and Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth on Monday to move to 443 all out in their first innings.

In reply, Gauteng were dismissed for a paltry 179 inside 50 overs, with Durham seamer Mark Wood taking four for 29, and although England stuttered to 43 for three second time around, they are still firmly on top in this tour opener.

Yorkshire’s Alex Lees failed to become England’s third centurion of the innings on Tuesday morning, dismissed for 85 in the second over of the day after edging Keith Dudgeon to second slip. Tykes’ team-mate Jonny Bairstow batted well with the lower order, bringing up his half-century shortly before fellow Yorkshireman Adil Rashid edged behind off Nono Pongolo for 11.

Bairstow eventually retired out for 62, with five fours and a six, before England were all out for a commanding total.

Gauteng limped to 179 all out in reply as Yorkshire’s Liam Plunkett and Jack Brooks took two apiece. And although Lyth fell for 25 in the second innings, Lees remained at the wicket as England closed the day on 43-3, 307 runs ahead.