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Cricket: Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire: Adam Lyth ton puts visitors on top

Adam Lyth’s century helped put title-chasing Yorkshire in a strong position over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Lyth (122), dropped by Chris Read off the second ball of the day, put on 176 with fellow opener Alex Lees (86).

Gary Keedy (2-93) took two wickets for Notts as the visitors slightly lost their way from 271-1 to 298-4.

Michael Lumb took a stunning one-handed catch to get rid of Jonny Bairstow, but Gary Ballance’s unbeaten 82 ensured that the Tykes ended strongly on 319-4.

With no international commitments, both title challengers were able to call on their England players – and Yorkshire are being skippered by Joe Root, with Andrew Gale serving a two-match ban.

Luke Fletcher enticed the edge of Lyth in the first over but a difficult full-length diving chance was put down by Read.

In a match which secure Yorkshire the Division One title if they win, Lees and Lyth went on to see the visitors unharmed through the first session as they reached lunch on 118-0.

Their fourth century partnership of the season was finally broken by Keedy, who became only the second bowler to reach 500 Division One wickets when he had Lees well caught at short leg by Riki Wessels.

Lyth went on to score his sixth Championship ton of the season, before being smartly taken by Keedy off his own bowling.

It was the start of three quick wickets for Notts, with two of them coming with the new ball.

Root was trapped leg before by Gurney for 11 and Bairstow quickly followed for only two, with Lumb’s stunning catch in the gully one of the highlights of the day for Notts, who need victory to keep their own slim title hopes alive.

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Cricket: One-Day Cup: Yorkshire crush Derbyshire to reach quarter-finals

Yorkshire sealed a quarter-final place in the One-Day Cup with a 10-wicket win over Derbyshire at Scarborough.

The visitors were all out for just 151, with Rich Pyrah (3-25) and Adil Rashid (3-45) the most successful bowlers.

Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth (67) and Alex Lees (69) knocked off the runs in 29.3 overs either side of lunch.

Derbyshire’s cause was not helped by paceman Mark Footitt being ordered out of the attack for bowling a beamer and three bouncers in the same over.

Umpires Peter Hartley and Mark Benson took action against the left-armer, who signed a new contract with the county earlier this week, in the ninth over and Marcus North had to complete it by bowling the final delivery.

Earlier, England’s Tim Bresnan (2-30) removed Wes Durston and North in his first two overs with the new ball and after reaching 73-3, Derbyshire then lost Billy Godleman (36), caught at point by Lyth, and Scott Elstone to successive deliveries from Pyrah.

Only Alex Hughes offered much resistance thereafter, making 43 off 76 balls before holing out at deep mid-wicket off Steve Patterson (2-27), who brought the innings to an end with the final ball of the 41st over as he yorked last man Footitt.

Facing such a low target, Lyth and Lees were able to play pressure-free cricket as they took the score to 64-0 at the interval.

Lyth was quickest to fifty, taking 63 deliveries as opposed to 66 for his partner, and hit a six and eight fours during his innings, but it was Lees who ended the game with a four off Ben Cotton, the 10th of his innings.

Yorkshire’s victory was their fifth from seven games played so far and ensured they will be in the last eight irrespective of the result from their final group fixture away at Hampshire on 21 August.

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