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Rain restricted Yorkshire and Derbyshire to just 30.1 overs on day one of their LV= County Championship Division Two contest at Headingley Carnegie.

The home side - currently third in the table although level on points with Hampshire, who occupy the second promotion place - saw their hopes of closing the gap on their table-topping visitors dented by the rain after a promising start.

Having reached 123 for the loss of Phil Jaques and Andrew Gale at lunch, only one ball was possible after the interval - Adam Lyth edging to the boundary as the home side closed on 127 for two.

Adam Lyth

Adam Lyth prospered at Headingley Carnegie, reaching 60 before showers brought a premature end to the opening day with Derbyshire

Wayne Madsen opted to unleash his bowlers in overcast conditions after winning the toss; but although Tim Groenewald bowled Jaques early on, the Derbyshire attack struggled to maintain a good line to the hosts' top order.

Groenewald and Tony Palladino initially exploited some variable bounce and, having seen a couple of length balls whistle through at chest height, Jaques could perhaps be forgiven for shouldering arms to one just back of a length which kept low and knocked back the Australian's off stump.

Just 12 runs came off the first eight overs, but Lyth and Gale were rarely troubled after that - the left-handed pair amassing 87 runs before the latter inexplicably top-edged a pull off Ross Whiteley straight to Mark Turner at long-leg for 47.

Gale's exit summed up a season where he has managed to average over 30 despite passing 50 just once in 16 first-class innings, but Lyth - whose average in the championship is over 50 this year - was in no mood to give away his good start.

The 24-year-old played a series of excellent shots, mostly at Whiteley's expense as the left-hander was driven down the ground, pulled away through midwicket and timed to perfection through the covers for a string of boundaries.

A single to midwicket brought up Lyth's half-century shortly before lunch, although he was fortunate to edge Palladino's first ball after the break through the slip cordon for four - the covers coming on immediately after that delivery as the rain set in.

Lyth finished the day unbeaten on 60 with Gary Ballance 11 not out at the other end, while Groenewald led the Derbyshire attack with 1-32 from his nine overs.

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