County Championship: Yorkshire build second-innings lead over Surrey

Adam Lyth batting for Yorkshire
Adam Lyth has scored six half-centuries in the Championship for Yorkshire this season but is still awaiting his first century
Specsavers County Championship Division One, North Marine Road, Scarborough (day three):
Yorkshire 327 & 303-9: Lyth 68; S Curran 3-75
Surrey 362: Stoneman 100; Coad 3-60, Maharaj 3-75
Yorkshire (6 pts) lead Surrey (7 pts) by 268 runs

Yorkshire built a 268-run lead over Surrey as Adam Lyth hit a half-century on day three at Scarborough.

The Tykes started their second innings 35 runs behind, and Will Fraine (43) and Lyth shared an opening stand of 94 to put the hosts ahead by lunch.

They slipped to 168-4 after Lyth (68) departed but David Willey's cameo of 43 helped them rally in the afternoon.

Surrey hit back after tea, with Sam Curran taking 3-75, as Yorkshire reached 303-9 at stumps.

Ryan Patel took the only wicket of the morning, as Fraine was caught at backward point by Jordan Clark, but the visitors made progress as they took three wickets in the afternoon session.

Curran trapped Gary Ballance lbw for 23 before Lyth edged behind and Rikki Clarke (2-36) removed Jack Leaning for a duck shortly afterwards.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore (42) and Jonathan Tattersall (38) helped Yorkshire rebuild, but Kohler-Cadmore went after tea when he was stumped by Ben Foakes off the bowling of Gareth Batty.

Surrey gained momentum after taking the new ball, as Curran had Tattersall (38) and Willey caught in the slips and Morne Morkel got in on the act to remove Keshav Maharaj and Steven Patterson, halting the progress of the Yorkshire tail.

Ben Coad (16 not out) hit a couple of boundaries in the last over of the day to boost his side's lead and leave the final day finely poised.

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale:

"If you'd have said to us at the start of the day, 'You'll bat for the full day', we'd have taken that. It would have been nice for one bloke to go on and make a big score and for us to get a lead of over 300, but we're definitely in a good position.

"I'm always hungry for more and there have been periods in this game where we've not been at our best. But if we can bowl like we can do, there's certainly enough in the pitch to get 10 wickets. But Surrey are a good team who bat all the way down.

"It's just a typical outground pitch where it's deteriorating. I wouldn't say it's going up and down massively, but we saw some balls from Morne Morkel fly through well over Ben Foakes' head. There's some variation in the pitch, and there will be some up and down tomorrow.

"There's certainly some spin there, which will bring Kesh Maharaj into the game. We're happy. Kesh could be key. They've got their lefties at the top, and there's rough outside their stump. We're going to have be at our best and take all our chances."

Surrey's Ryan Patel told BBC Radio London:

"The boys are happy with how we clawed the game back towards the end and throughout the whole day. They're nine down, and it's game on.

"I don't think the wicket's particularly changed. Credit to the boys because we took eight wickets in the last two sessions.

"It was nice for me to get the first wicket. I felt a bit sorry for Rikki Clarke because he got a lot of nicks through third slip and gully, but I was the fortunate one who got one to go straight to gully. It was nice to get that breakthrough, and the boys went on from there.

"It's a very good wicket, and that's why we think it's been a positive day. It offers a little bit of spin, but taking nine wickets in the day here is perfect for us. If we have a positive mindset, we can get a positive result."

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