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Supreme Lyth leaves Yorkshire in command

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Adam Lyth hit a magnificent unbeaten 248 to become the 14th player in Yorkshire's history to carry his bat in the LV= County Championship Division Two match against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Lyth's stunnning knock steered Yorkshire to a total of 486, giving them a first-innings lead of 166.

By the close of the third day, in which 26 overs were lost because of rain, bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire had reached 57 for two as they battled to save the game.

Leicestershire's veteran left-arm spinner, Claude Henderson, captured the last three Yorkshire wickets in 11 balls without conceding a run to finish with 4-126 after a marathon stint of 47.1 overs. Nathan Buck took 3-124.

Lyth picked up from where he left off the night before with a cover-driven boundary in the first over of the day from Buck, but Anthony McGrath failed to add to his overnight score of eight, edging the first delivery from Matthew Hoggard to slip.

Adam Lyth

Adam Lyth's unbeaten double-century enabled Yorkshire to establish a firm grip on their Division Two match with Leicestershire at Grace Road

The first rain interruption of the day soon followed, with the players off the field for 40 minutes. On their return Yorkshire added another six runs before the rain came back and an early lunch was taken at 382 for six.

With brighter conditions in the afternoon Yorkshire, and Lyth in particular, made excellent progress.

Although Azeem Rafiq edged a lifting delivery from Wayne White to wicketkeeper Paul Dixey after a useful 23, Steve Patterson joined Lyth in an eighth-wicket stand of 73 to ensure Yorkshire collected maximum batting points.

Patterson clubbed Henderson to the fence to take the score past the 400 mark in the 110th over.

After that it was a case of how big a lead Yorkshire could get. Lyth certainly looked a man in a hurry, and hooked a short ball from Buck for four to bring up his 200 off 361 balls.

It made him the second Yorkshire batsman in as many weeks to score a double century, following Joe Root's 222 against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl earlier this month.

Two more sixes by Lyth, off Buck and Hoggard, took him past Root's score before the Yorkshire innings suddenly imploded with Henderson dismissing Patterson, Steve Harmison and Moin Ashraf.

Lyth was unbeaten on 248 from 395 balls, having hit three sixes and 28 fours in an innings lasting nearly eight and a half hours.

Greg Smith was then out lbw offering no shot to McGrath before Michael Thornely had his stumps rearranged by Harmison as Leicestershire closed 109 behind.

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