Lyth on form but rain strikes again

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THE clash between the top two at Headingley got only as far as the first ball after lunch before rain halted play for the day with Yorkshire having had the better of things against Division Two leaders Derbyshire. They closed on 127-2.

The visitors, who carried a 26 point leader in this clash, decided to field, hoping to make the most of humid conditions and in only the fourth over, Phil Jaques shouldered arms and was bowled by Tim Groenewald for four.

But Adam Lyth and Andrew Gale hurried things along and added 87 for the second wicket before Gale, having made 47 from 69 balls, top-edged a pull off Ross Whiteley and was caught by Mark Turner at fine leg.

Gary Ballance joined Lyth who was 60 not out when play was ended immediately after the lunch break - Lyth steering the one ball bowled for four - with Yorkshire on 127-2. Lyth’s 50 came off 77 balls with seven boundaries.

When the pair met at Queen’s Park recently, no play was possible on three of the four days due to a waterlogged outfield and it continued Yorkshire’s summer whereby they haven’t played any of their 12 County Championship matches so far without weather interruption. They have lost over 43% of match time to bad weather with 11 full days lost.