Cricket: Lyth century

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Adam Lyth’s improving form continued with a century as Yorkshire’s County Championship clash with Somerset at Taunton got underway a day late

The left-handed opener, who had a slow start to the season and a run of low scores, hit 105 as Yorkshire made the most of winning the toss and closed on 341-5..

They had to overcome the early loss of Joe Sayers, dismissed in the second over for one, caught by Marcus Trescothick off former Yorkshire bowler Steve Kirby.

But Phil Jaques helped Lyth add 80 for the second wicket before falling for 26 to Gameel Hussain.

Then skipper Andrew Gale joined Lyth and the pair put on 103 for the third wicket before Lyth’s knock was ended by Hussain who had him caught by Peter Trego.

Lyth had batted for almost three and a half hours and scored 15 boundaries in his 158 ball knock. It was his first County Championship century of the season.

Gary Ballance joined Gale and they added 80 before Ballance fell for 48. Gale followed soon afterwards for 75 which included eight 4s.

Then in-form Adil Rashid and Andrew Hodd took their sixth wicket stand past the half-century mark. Rashid finished the day unbeaten on 47 and Hodd 24.