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White Rose in control

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A superb morning spell from Ryan Sidebottom and a half-century by Joe Root put Yorkshire firmly in the driving seat on the second day of their LV= County Championship match against Middlesex.

Root, looking to stake a claim for a place in Peter Moores' new-look England side, hit 63 at Lord's as the White Rose established a commanding 268-run lead.

Earlier in the day, Sidebottom had took three early wickets and finished with 4-34, prompting another Middlesex batting collapse that saw the hosts bowled out for 123 in reply to Yorkshire's 178.

The visitors then took the game away from their opponents as Root made amends for his first-innings duck and helped his side to 213 for four at the close of play.

Middlesex started the day 64 for three but Yorkshire seized the early initiative when Sidebottom induced an edge from Neil Dexter, who departed for a duck in the fifth over. 

Joe Denly arrived at the crease and found the boundary with the shot of the morning through the covers but having moved on to seven he was out next ball, trapped lbw by Sidebottom.

At 80 for five, the 36-year-old left-armer was in the groove and, ably supported by the excellent Jack Brooks who took 3-47, Sidebottom claimed his third and most important scalp of the morning when he removed Middlesex dangerman Eoin Morgan for 33.

Morgan needlessly played outside his off-stump and Adam Lyth sprang high in the slips to take a brilliant catch and leave the hosts struggling even to make three figures.

Yorkshire had their tails up and Liam Plunkett, with figures of 2-16, yorked John Simpson to make it 95 for seven.

Brooks nearly took the wicket his spell deserved when he drew a nick from Ollie Rayner but the previously agile Lyth put it down. 

The paceman finally got his man though soon after when his full-length delivery crashed into the stumps and Rayner walked back to the pavilion for 15 with Middlesex 107 for eight.

Tim Murtagh came and went after three balls as he was bowled by Plunkett, who then caught Steven Finn at silly mid-off to wrap up the innings and leave Chris Rogers' side trailing by 55.

As the sun emerged from the clouds after lunch, Yorkshire's Lyth and Alex Lees took full advantage as they put on an unbeaten fifty partnership within 13 overs.

Finn, who ended with figures of 3-59, and James Harris did their best to break their opponents' momentum but the opening pair marched on with Lyth particularly prolific, compiling 33 from his first 50 balls.

Right-arm off-spinner Rayner was introduced to contain the visitors' dominance and he found the breakthrough as he clipped the off-stump of Lees, who offered no shot and fell for 33. 

Lyth secured his third half-century of the season soon after, only for the in-form left-hander to depart for 54 when he was caught by Rayner off Finn, leaving the Tykes on 96 for two.

The departure of the openers paved the way for Kane Williamson and Root, who nervously scrambled in for a single to get off the mark and avoid a pair.

The duo settled quickly though, notching a 50-run stand in 113 deliveries and 98 overall before Williamson was caught by Sam Robson for 37.

Root seemed to grow in confidence as the afternoon wore on and the 23-year-old was bitterly disappointed when he was eventually pinned lbw by Finn for the second day running.

At the close of play, Gary Ballance was unbeaten on 10 while night-watchman Steven Patterson was left on four with the visitors firmly in the ascendancy.

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