First century for classy Joe

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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.

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.

Parnell struck again after the interval by trapping Joe Sayers lbw.

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. Jonny Bairstow and Root put on 71 by tea but only four had been added in the final session when Bairstow fell for 33.

Sussex had resumed 335 for five but Yorkshire hit back well by claiming the last five wickets for 63.

At Queen’s Park in Chesterfield, Derbyshire trail Northants by 362 after being bowled out for 190. Alex Wakely and David Sales then made half-centuries as the Division Two leaders ended day two on 285 for six.