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Rousing Root shows his class

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Opener Joe Root made up for lost time with some stunning strokeplay on the second day of Yorkshire's LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Headingley Carnegie.

The 21-year-old ended unbeaten on 98, just two short of a second championship century for his native county, to propel Yorkshire to 190 for three by the close after rain had held up play until 4pm, when only 45 overs remained.

They now trail Northamptonshire by just 63 and will be looking to build up a sizeable first-innings lead in order to press for victory.

Yorkshire were 27 without loss in five overs when play finally got under way and Adam Lyth wasted no time in boosting the score by taking two fours off the day's first over from David Willey.

Joe Root

Opener Joe Root closes two runs short of his second championship century as Yorkshire impressed with the bat against Northants

The left-hander also struck a back-foot cover drive to the boundary off Lee Daggett but then slashed at the next delivery and edged to wicketkeeper David Murphy for 25.

Phil Jaques helped Root raise the 50 before he played across the line at Daggett and was lbw to leave Yorkshire on 54 for two.

Root at that stage was still progressing cautiously but had an escape on 25 when Andrew Hall shelled one at first slip.

Northamptonshire's lively 18-year-old seamer Oli Stone put in a useful spell from the Kirkstall Lane End on championship debut and claimed his maiden first-class wicket as skipper Andrew Gale shuffled across his stumps and was lbw to one that kept a shade low.

At 96 for three, Yorkshire were not yet in control but their position rapidly improved with some sparkling batting by both Root and Jonny Bairstow, who had been given permission by England to play in the match.

Root, who already has a century for England Lions against West Indies under his belt this season, completed his fifty off 89 balls, with three fours, to take Yorkshire into three figures.

Fours were now coming thick and fast although Root had another stroke of luck on 83 in James Middlebrook's second over, the off-spinner pitching down the legside and Murphy failing to pull off a stumping.

Root was on 95 with 10 fours when he faced the day's final over from Hall. He steered his first ball for three but Bairstow was unable to give him back the strike for the chance of a century; the fourth-wicket pair had added 94 in 20 overs together, Bairstow's share being 36.

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