Yorkshire drive home advantage on day three against Northamptonshire

Adam Lyth shared a record stand of 375 for the first wicket with Alex Lees. (©GettyImages)

What a day for Yorkshire on the third day of their County Championship game
against bottom of the table Northants.

Records tumbled as Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Alex Less posted an opening stand of 375 to put Yorkshire firmly in the driving seat.

This is a huge reversal of fortune for both sides since day one when Northants,
helped by the conditions, skittled Yorkshire out for just 136 in their first innings. Northants then built a useful lead on day two as they ended their first innings on 251, a lead of 115.

However, this was the point when the game changed as Yorkshire were in no mood to repeat
their first innings capitulation. Day two saw openers Lyth and Lees start their mammoth partnership as they easily wiped out their first innings deficit and reached 237-0 by close with both players scoring centuries.

At the start of day three, they required just 43 runs to break the all-time first wicket Yorkshire record against Northants, set by Percy Holmes and Herbert Sutcliffe in 1919. They did this with ease as they carried on punishing the Northants attack.

Once Lees (138) was dismissed with the score on 375, Yorkshire, and particularly Lyth, carried on in the same vein.

Australian Aaron Finch, batting at three, was his usual positive self as he hit a run a
ball 63 and, when Lyth was finally out for a fantastic 230 runs, youngster Jack
Leaning helped himself to his own half century before Yorkshire declared on 546-3, setting Northants a formidable target of 431 to win.

Northants' run chase did not get off to the best of starts as they ended the day on 66-3
with England bowler Tim Bresnan (2-23) and Jack Brooks (1-15) doing the damage
by the close of play.

Yorkshire are now firmly in the driving seat but they will also be wary as they failed to
bowl out Middlesex earlier in the season when they chased down 473, thanks to a
monumental innings from Australian Chris Rogers. Northants will hope that they
too have their own Rogers on day four.

The weather could also have a part to play in the match as the forecast is not great for day four but Yorkshire will hope for sufficient time to force a victory and ensure they remain on course to challenge for the division one title this season.

Northants, meanwhile, will be hoping to avoid their fifth successive defeat in what has been a poor Championship season so far.

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