On a cloud cover morning so heavy that Headingley floodlights were on, and 2,056 souls planted their buttocks around the ground for the first time for a men’s county match since 2019, Yorkshire chose to play bowling.
With Sussex 68 for four right after lunch seemed like a good decision. By strains, less, thanks to an overwhelming 126 undefeated from Ben Brown, 40 from Aaron Thomason and a 37 cameo from 16-year-old Danial Ibrahim.
Brown played with nimble feet and hands, running quickly between the wickets and driving with panache, skillfully filling in the gaps, like a pick-happy man with an orange marrow obsession. Ibrahim was calm with a sigh, driving straight here, brushing there, making the most of Yorkshire bowling late afternoon with the new ball hitting the cape.
NorthamptonshireWolverines bolted four points to batting before the fence in a raging day against the stick Kent. Ricardo Vasconcelos and Emilio Gay put 135 for the first wicket, before Gay, who made his first century first class, and Luke Procter added 100 for the second. Darren Stevens, 45, picked up a few wickets with the second new ball to lead a mini-recovery at the end.
There were two captures for Kent wicket keeper Ollie Robinson, who received an apology from Kent Online, who mistakenly photographed him in Wednesday’s story on the other Ollie Robinson.
Lancashire were crushed by Glamorgan for 173 after a succession of batsmen entered, but then came out, without adding much to the score. Tom Bailey scored a quick 31st to boost morale, before picking up three wickets, as did Sajid Mahmood, as Glamorgan slumped to 150 for nine.
Somerset showed off his usual back-to-front hitting style against Hampshire, staggering at 43 for five, laughing at the stumps, 360 all out. Keith Barker landed six for 72, picking up Somerset’s first order – none that went over double digits apart from Steven Davies. The rearguard started with 45 from Tom Banton, and was reinforced by an eighth wicket of 171 between Lewis Gregory (107) and Roelof van der Merwe (88).
Marcus Harris plundered 148, his second century in a row, put Leicestershire in a happy position against Gloucestershire. They ended the day at 357 for five.
Worcestershire collapsed for 131 at New Road as Brydon Carse and Matty Potts grabbed four wickets apiece. Durham finished the day in the lead of nine with six wickets in hand, bolstered by 52 from Alex Lees.
The 50s of Lyndon James, Steven Mullaney and Joe Clarke, who picked up his sleeves after retiring with an injury, advanced slightly Nottinghamshire on the front foot against Essex. Peter Siddle finished with three for 76.
Sam Hain (77) and Michael Burgess (71) kept Warwickshire afloat on a heavy day at Derbyshire. Sam Conners had the first order in a pickle, taking the first four wickets, before the middle order solidified to see them around 272 for nine to stumps.