Yorkshire take control and lead
Yorkshire 312 (Lyth 67, Rafiq 53, Napier 5-65) and 44 for 3 lead Essex 177 (ten Doeschate 62, Ashraf 4-36) by 179 runsScorecard
Like a long-distance runner hitting the front on the last lap, Yorkshire may well have timed their race to perfection. Midway through the second day of this match, they moved to the top of the Division Two table for the first time this season and, with only two days left of the campaign, look overwhelming favourites to gain promotion.
The simple fact is this: if Yorkshire win, they will be promoted. Indeed, unless Kent win, and they look most unlikely to avoid…
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