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Leaning sways initiative in Yorkshire's favour

Jack Leaning made his career best score to put Yorkshire on top of their Championship clash with Sussex at the end of the second day at Arundel Castle.

The 20-year-old reached the close unbeaten on 75 to guide the visitors to 208-3 in reply to Sussex’s first innings total of 316.

Leaning’s watchful innings ensured Yorkshire gained the advantage following an attritional day where only 224 runs were scored.

He took 136 balls to reach the second 50 of his first class career and had batted for nearly four hours when stumps were drawn.

Leaning put on 73 with Adam Lyth who made a patient 66 and an unbroken stand of 69 with Jonny Bairstow who will resume on 33 in the morning.

While Yorkshire will be happier with their position at the halfway stage of the match Steve Magoffin ensured the visitors were never able to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

The Aussie seamer conceded just 22 runs in his 23 overs and was rewarded for his persistence with the wickets of Alex Lees and Lyth.

Magoffin trapped Lees lbw just before lunch for 27 with a ball that nipped back and then had Lyth caught at deep fine leg after top edging a hook.

James Tredwell picked up his first wicket for Sussex since joining on loan from Kent when he bowled Andrew Gale behind his legs sweeping.

At that stage Yorkshire were 139-3 and the game was very much in the balance but Leaning and Bairstow swung the initiative back towards the visitors in the evening session.

Earlier, Sussex had added 16 runs to their overnight score of 300-9 before Jon Lewis was caught at second slip for 61 – ten short of a career best – off the bowling of Jack Brooks.

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8:37pm Tue 17 Jun 14

MikeTheMan says...

It's a slow pitch and scoring runs is hard work but today Yorkshire showed the way to play on that sort of pitch. They scored slowly but they only lost 3 wickets all day and they didn't throw their wickets away by slashing and edging a whole series of easy catches to the wicketkeeper (as almost all of our top seven did). There's a major lesson there for our batsmen.

Magoffin bowled superbly all day but Yorkshire played him very carefully and very well. All our major bowlers went for under 3 runs an over but Lewis and Hatchett bowled 28 overs between them without getting a wicket and Tredwell only got 1 wicket in 29 overs.

We had two good sessions on the first day but also one disastrous one where our weak (especially when Joyce fails) middle order collapsed YET again. Several of them were out to what were basically village green shots. Other than that session the game has been pretty even but we may well end up paying a high price for scoring 84-6 between lunch and tea yesterday. Some of our batsmen really do need some serious coaching on how to build an innings.
It's a slow pitch and scoring runs is hard work but today Yorkshire showed the way to play on that sort of pitch. They scored slowly but they only lost 3 wickets all day and they didn't throw their wickets away by slashing and edging a whole series of easy catches to the wicketkeeper (as almost all of our top seven did). There's a major lesson there for our batsmen. Magoffin bowled superbly all day but Yorkshire played him very carefully and very well. All our major bowlers went for under 3 runs an over but Lewis and Hatchett bowled 28 overs between them without getting a wicket and Tredwell only got 1 wicket in 29 overs. We had two good sessions on the first day but also one disastrous one where our weak (especially when Joyce fails) middle order collapsed YET again. Several of them were out to what were basically village green shots. Other than that session the game has been pretty even but we may well end up paying a high price for scoring 84-6 between lunch and tea yesterday. Some of our batsmen really do need some serious coaching on how to build an innings. MikeTheMan
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