Northants began the third day of their LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire, knowing they need to break up the strong partnership between Yorkshire’s two openers, Adam Lyth and Alex Lees early in the day to get back into the game.
Unfortunately for the hosts, the breakthrough refused to come, as the Yorkshire pair and in particular Adam Lyth piled on the runs. It took until the second session for Northants to break up the partnership, as Alex Lees holed out to Maurice Chambers off Matthew Spriegel for 138.
Yorkshire then decided to promote Australian Aaron Finch up to number three, in order to accelerate their scoring, which he duly did. Finch scored at nearly a run a ball throughout his innings, before finally being caught off Maurice Chambers for 63.
However the star of the day was Adam Lyth, who hit a superb double century, as he helped the visitors build a very strong lead. Lyth finally fell for 230, as he was caught behind by Ben Duckett off Andrew Hall. After Lyth and Finch were dismissed, Jack Leaning was able to make his maiden half-century, before Yorkshire declared on 546/3, with a lead off 431 runs.
The Northants players would have been tired after a long and warm, one and a half days in the field. So Yorkshire’s rested bowlers knew they might be able to take advantage in the evening session with the new ball.
As ever, Stephen Peters and James Middlebrook opened the batting for the hosts, aiming to see out the day, as Northants chased a big total. The pair got off to a steady start, before Middlebrook was caught behind off England bowler Tim Bresnan for 6. Things then got worse for the home side, as two more wickets fell in quick succession, without any runs being scored. After David Sales was trapped lbw by Jack Brooks for a duck, Northants looked in real trouble with the score in 32/3.
However Matthew Spriegel (14) and Rob Keogh (19) were able to see Northants through to the end of the day, as the hosts ended on 66/3. Spriegel and Keogh will need to add to their good start, as they face a fierce Yorkshire bowling attack aiming for victory.