Brophy follows Lyth's lead

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Gerard Brophy

Adam Lyth passed 1,000 championship runs for the season but Gerard Brophy, above, bettered his colleague's 84 with 92 not out

Adam Lyth became the first batsman to 1,000 first-class runs this season on his way to 84 in Yorkshire’s LV= County Championship match against Warwickshire at Headingley Carnegie.

The 22-year-old opener achieved the landmark when he reached 18 and Yorkshire ended the first day comfortably placed on 325 for four, with Gerard Brophy unbeaten on 92.

Batting first after winning the toss, there was an early blow as Jacques Rudolph fell in the day’s third over before he had scored, edging Neil Carter to Rikki Clarke at first slip.

Carter continued to put in an impressive spell with the new ball but Lyth and Anthony McGrath weathered the storm, Lyth moving to 1,000 runs by driving Boyd Rankin into the covers for two.

Lyth was first to his fifty, off 82 balls with seven fours, before taking consecutive boundaries off Steffan Piolet to move Yorkshire into three figures.

Yorkshire were 119 for one after an encouraging morning session but found the going much more difficult after the interval even though McGrath soon registered his 10th score of 50 or more in his last 11 championship innings.

Carter was causing plenty of problems and his reward came when McGrath edged to Maddy at first slip to depart for 57 from 102 deliveries with seven fours. The second-wicket stand yielded 148 from 52 overs.

In the following over from Clarke, Lyth was dropped by Maddy at slip,.but then fell lbw to Carter. He had faced 152 balls and hit 13 fours.

At 156 for three, Yorkshire had lost some of their momentum and it took Jonathan Bairstow and Brophy some time to put them back in control.

Bairstow struck Maddy cleanly over backward square-leg for six before driving him for four through extra cover in the same over shortly after tea.

There were consecutive boundaries for Bairstow with pleasant off-drives off Imran Tahir before Brophy reached his fifty from 102 balls with seven fours. The fourth-wicket stand was worth 100 when Bairstow was lbw to Piolet for 44.

Brophy found another reliable partner in Adil Rashid, who closed on 29 not out.

Lyth said later: “I was delighted to become the first player to reach 1,000 runs this season and hopefully there will be more to come. It was nice to get to 84 but I am still looking for my first century in a home match.

“I didn’t get to play too much first-class cricket last year and Andrew Gale has helped me to improve my confidence by giving me the chance to open the innings. He is a good captain who wants us to play good attacking cricket.”

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