Root wins award as Tykes march on

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JOE Root has been named winner of the inaugural LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award which celebrates the most promising young player in the county game this season.

He was one of six players shortlisted for the award along with Yorkshire teammate Garry Ballance, Derbyshire batsman Dan Redfern, Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan, Surrey fast bowler Stuart Meaker and Kent all-rounder Matt Coles.

His club Sheffield Collegiate also benefit because he nominated them to receive £500 along with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation - a grassroots cricket initiative aimed at introducing youngsters to cricket.

However, that was as good as it got on yesterday’s second day for the 21-year-old. Resuming on his overnight nine, he added only five runs before being trapped lbw by Graeme Wagg.

Fellow opener Adam Lyth made 95 and shared a third wicket stand of 120 with Andrew Gale who made 55.

When Anthony McGrath, 39, was eighth out on 286, Yorkshire’s lead in a game they need to win was only 14.

But Ryan Sidebottom, 35, and Steve Patterson, 22, added 54 for the ninth wicket and Yorkshire were eventually all out for 344 - a lead of 72.

At the close, Glamorgan were 27-2.

Elsewhere, leaders Derbyshire’s game at third-placed Kent is finely balanced.

Derbyshire were all out for 200, a deficit of 61, and Kent, 59-3, extended this to 120 with seven wickets left.

Fourth-placed Hampshire are struggling at Essex, 217-2, a lead of 168 with 8 wkts left.