Lyth and Bairstow dominate Leicestershire

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Adam Lyth and Jonny Bairstow hit centuries as promotion-chasing Yorkshire took control against Leicestershire on the second day of the LV= County Championship match at Grace Road.

By the close, the White Rose had reached 336 for five to lead by 16 runs with Lyth still there on a career-best 159. Bairstow made 118, with the duo sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 197.

On a tough day in the field for Leicestershire, Nathan Buck claimed 3-58 in 20 overs while veteran left-arm spinner Claude Henderson claimed 1-97 in an unbroken spell of 35 overs.

It was a stunning return to form for 25-year-old Lyth, who had not made a hundred for two years and had a top score this season of 36 in his previous five championship innings, which totalled 86 runs.

Adam Lyth

Opener Adam Lyth's career-best 159 not out, his first hundred for two years, aided Yorkshire's domination of hosts Leicestershire at Grace Road

For Bairstow, it was his third century of the season and his second against Leicestershire. Neither of the batsmen gave a chance after joining forces with Yorkshire at 112 for three in the 32nd over.

Buck bowled Joe Root for a duck with a ball that kept low and then had Phil Jaques caught at deep square-leg via a top-edged pull. 

Andrew Gale carved a catch to point off Henderson and, at that stage, Yorkshire looked on the back foot as they chased Leicestershire's first-innings 320. Yet Lyth and Bairstow regained the initiative with some disciplined and purposeful batting.

Bairstow dominated the early stages of the partnership, making 50 of the first 66 runs off 58 balls. Lyth, who had reached his half-century from 76 deliveries shortly before Gale's departure, grew in confidence the longer he batted, but survived a run-out appeal when he was on 85 after a direct hit from Michael Thornely.

He celebrated the escape by reaching three figures with three off Ramnaresh Sarwan soon after tea. It had taken him 196 balls and included 12 boundaries.

Bairstow wasted no time following suit, 10 runs in an over off Wayne White helping him on the way to a 123-ball ton with 13 fours.

The runs continued to flow with Lyth hitting Henderson for six to bring up the 300 before going past his previous best score of 142 against Somerset two years ago. 

Bairstow clubbed another three boundaries before he was out to the third delivery with the new ball from Buck, caught low down at slip by Greg Smith.

Matthew Hoggard also struck in the next over, trapping Gary Ballance lbw, but Lyth and Anthony McGrath saw Yorkshire through to stumps.

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