On a shortened first day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Worcestershire at New Road, Adam Lyth and Finlay Bean recorded Yorkshire’s greatest opening stand in six years.
After being put into bat, the pair amassed an unbroken 154 in 33.3 overs under what appeared to be favorable circumstances for seam bowling.
Lyth and Bean profited from some errant bowling as well as three missed catches.
Since Shaun Marsh and Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s 162-run partnership against Surrey at The Oval in 2017, it was Yorkshire’s best start to an innings.
There was only enough time for 12 runs to be added in 3.1 overs when poor lighting put an end to play since the rain had stopped play after 2 o’clock for three and a half hours.
With Bean still in the game at 69 not out from 97 deliveries and 10 fours, Lyth will resume play tomorrow on 77 from 108 balls and 15 boundaries.
Ryan Rickelton, a South African international keeper-batter who has been signed by Yorkshire for three Championship games as a replacement for Shan Masood following his recall by Pakistan, made his debut for Yorkshire.
Dom Bess was selected for the Tykes team for this match, however, he has since returned to Somerset on a temporary loan.
Due to the anticipated birth of his second child, Worcestershire were without their captain Brett D’Oliveira. However, Jack Haynes made his comeback after missing the previous Championship match against Derbyshire due to a knee injury.
Lyth and Bean scored freely against the Kookaburra ball, which is once again being tested in this round of Championship games, except for a few early edges.
The pair displayed a lot of aggression and received an excessive number of “four” balls, which helped them reach their half-century stand in just 11.2 overs.
But the Worcestershire fielders also gave them a hand, as three catches were dropped in rapid succession.
On 28 he had a chance to gulley but failed, and on 41 Matthew Waite sent him down at the first slip.
The star of the home offense was former Yorkshire all-rounder Waite, who last winter signed a three-year deal at New Road.
He became even more irate as another chance passed him by with Lyth on 41 spilled second slip.
Lyth then completed 13,000 first-class runs by smashing the following ball through the covers for four runs, adding insult to injury.
Bean reached his half-century first, off 67 balls, when he lofted Joe Leach over the gully for his ninth boundary, and Lyth finished off his fifty in 75 balls by off-driving the same bowler for his tenth.
Yorkshire scored 132 runs in 27 overs during the morning session, but the weather only permitted two more brief sessions of play after that