6.25pm It has finished for the day at Edgbaston. Warwickshire lead Hampshire by 23 in their second innings with eight wickets in hand. If they win tomorrow, Yorkshire will be relegated. If not, we’re safe.
5.33pm Patterson gone! Caught at point off Payne, nought. Oh no. Bess outstanding with 79, but we lose by 18 runs at 222 all out. We must now hope that Warwickshire don’t beat Hampshire at Edgbaston in order to preserve our Division One status.
5.29pm Yorkshire are 222-9, needing 19 more. Bess 79 and Patterson nought off 25 balls. 31 partnership. Remarkable drama as the season comes to an end.
5.15pm Two boundaries for Bess off Payne. He has 71. 27 more to win at 214-9.
5.09pm Yorkshire gain five penalty runs after a Gohar delivery against Patterson beat everything but the helmet placed behind the keeper. 206-9, 35 more to win.
5.04pm Bess turning down singles to maintain strike. 197-9. 241 target.
5.03pm Hampshire 311 all out at Edgbaston, leading by 39 in the first innings.
5.02pm Yorkshire 197-9, needing 44 more. Bess 59 and Patterson nought. 15.2 overs remain tonight.
4.53pm WICKET! Coad trapped lbw by Gohar. Yorkshire 191-9, needing 50 more to win. Bess joined by Patterson. He couldn’t, could he!? The crowd are certainly willing him on. Another standing ovation.
4.45pm Bess reaches a fine his fifty off 70 balls, including 3×4s and 1×6s. 183-8. 58 needed. Coad has four.
4.38pm Bess hoists Gohar over long-on for six, moving to 49. Yorkshire 178-8, needing 63 more to win. Coad for company.
4.34pm WICKET! Fisher caught at first slip by Taylor off Payne, seven. Yorkshire are 172-8, needing 69 more to win.
4.24pm Yorkshire 168-7 in pursuit of 241. Bess 41 and Fisher five. At Edgbaston, Hampshire are 277-7 in reply to Warwickshire’s 272-4 declared.
4.12pm Hampshire are 266-7 against Warwickshire, trailing by six runs in the first innings.
4.04pm WICKET! Thompson caught at leg-slip off Gohar, 11. Yorkshire 155-7, needing 86 more.
4.01pm The floodlights are on at Headingley now. Yorkshire 154-6, needing 87 more. We have, in theory, 30 overs. Could be 38 with extra half hour.
3.55pm We’re set for the resumption after tea. Yorkshire 151-6 after 45 overs. 90 more to win. Gohar to Thompson, who has 10. Bess 32.
Tea Report Yorkshire are locked in a nip and tuck chase of 241 to beat Gloucestershire at Headingley and guarantee their LV= Insurance County Championship Division One future.
A damaging five-wicket afternoon collapse has left the county on 151-6 at tea on day three, needing 90 more to win.
Yorkshire advanced with some confidence to 69-1, with second-wicket pair Adam Lyth and George Hill sharing 64 either side of lunch after the target had been set during the morning.
Both played nicely but were then part of a loss of five wickets to fall for 50 in 17 overs as the score became 119-6 in the 38th shortly before tea.
Hill was trapped lbw by Ajeet Singh Dale for 36 before Tom Kohler-Cadmore lofted Pakistan left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar to long-off, falling for seven on his final Yorkshire appearance.
Jonny Tattersall also fell for seven, bowled by England ODI seamer David Payne, who also bowled Harry Duke off the inside edge as he attempted to leave alone.
Lyth, on 49, then gloved a vicious delivery from Gohar to slip, one that turned and bounced, leaving Yorkshire six down and still 122 runs from victory.
Dom Bess has reached tea at 32 with Jordan Thompson on 10. They have given the hosts some respite, including 10 coming off the final over of the session from Tom Price.
3.34pm – Tea Yorkshire 151-6 from 45 overs, needing 90 more to win. Bess has 32 and Thompson nine. Five wickets have fallen in the afternoon. A fascinating evening ahead.
3.19pm Some respite for Yorkshire as we move to 136-6. Bess 19 and Thompson eight. 105 to win with 36 overs remaining in the day, four before tea.
3.04pm WICKET! Lyth done by a sharp turning and bouncing delivery from Gohar, caught at slip off the glove for 49. 119-6 in the 38th over. 241 target.
2.45pm WICKET! Duke has played on trying to leave Payne, one. Yorkshire 105-5 in the 33rd over. 241 target.
2.42pm Yorkshire 104-4 in the 33rd over, chasing 241. Lyth 44 and Duke one.
2.17pm WICKET! Tattersall bowled by Payne, seven. Yorkshire are 95-4 in the 27th over. 241 target.
Hampshire 190-6 against second-bottom Hampshire in the first innings as they reply to 272-4 declared.
2.03pm WICKET! Kohler-Cadmore caught at long-off against Gohar, seven. Gloucestershire 82-3 in the 24th over. 241 target.
1.50pm WICKET Hill trapped lbw by Singh Dale, 36. Yorkshire 69-2 in the 27th over. Kohler-Cadmore strides to the crease in his final appearance for the county. 241 target.
1.38pm A very useful hour or so for Yorkshire, who are 63-1 chasing this 241, while Hampshire have recovered at Edgbaston from 92-5 to 151-5 as they reply to Warwickshire’s 272-4 declared.
1.29pm Half-century partnership for Lyth 20 and Hill 32. They have taken the score to 58-1 in the 16th over. 241 target. Excellent so far.
1.12pm We’re up and running after lunch. Hill shimmies down the pitch for the second time in the innings and hammers Gohar straight for four. 40-1, 201 to win. Hill has 18.
Lunch Report Yorkshire need 241 to beat Gloucestershire at Headingley and secure top-flight LV= Insurance County Championship cricket for another season.
Gloucestershire, 204-6 in their second innings overnight, were bowled out for 233 before Yorkshire reached lunch at 36-1 in 11 overs.
George Hill struck twice in as many overs, getting Gloucester’s Price brothers – Ollie was bowled with his second ball for a well made 68 before Tom was trapped lbw.
Steve Patterson had made the initial breakthrough, trapping Zafar Gohar lbw for his 489th and final first-class wicket – 217-7, a lead of 224.
Hill then claimed his two wickets before Ajeet Singh Dale was run out by a direct hit at the non-striker’s end by Matthew Fisher from mid-off, wrapping up the innings.
As he walked off, Patterson received a standing ovation from the crowd and team-mates alike as he prepares to farewell the club this week.
James Wharton then dragged the fourth ball of Yorkshire’s chase onto his stumps from Tom Price, leaving the score at 5-1.
But Adam Lyth and Hill have since batted confidently to ensure an encouraging position at lunch, with 16 and 14 respectively.
12.32pm – Lunch Yorkshire are 36-1 after 11 overs chasing 241. Lyth 16, Hill 14. The latter also claimed two wickets this morning as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 233.
12.28pm Hill and Lyth have hit a boundary apiece in the last couple of overs. Both drives – one straight, the other through the covers. Yorkshire are 32-1 in the 11th.
12.21pm Yorkshire are 17-1 in pursuit of 241. At Edgbaston, Hampshire are 92-5 against Warwickshire in their first-innings reply to 272-4 declared.
11.53am WICKET! Wharton played on to Tom Price, four. Yorkshire 5-1 chasing 241.
11.49am Right, here we go. Yorkshire need 241 to win. Lyth and Wharton opening.
11.41am WICKET! Singh Dale run out by a direct hit from Fisher at mid-off at non-striker’s end. Gloucestershire 233 all out. Yorkshire will need 241 to win. Steve Patterson gets a standing ovation leaving the field. Legend.
11.32am Hampshire are 36-2 replying to Warwickshire’s 272-4 declared.
11.31am WICKET! The Price is clearly right for George Hill, who has removed both brothers in as many overs. This time Tom is lbw for six. It’s 227-9, a Gloucestershire lead of 234.
11.23am WICKET! Ollie Price bowled by Hill’s second ball of the day for well made 68. Stumps all over the place. It’s 226-8. The Gloucestershire lead is 233.
10.59am WICKET! Gohar trapped lbw by Patterson for 11. Kept low. Gloucestershire are 217-7, a lead of 224. Tom Price joins brother Ollie (64) at the crease.
10.48am Wicketless opening 20 minutes for Yorkshire. Gloucestershire are 216-6, a lead of 223. Ollie Price has 63 and Zafar Gohar 11. Patterson has replaced Coad in the attack from the Howard Stand End.
10.31am We’re up and running. Gloucestershire 208-6, leading by 215. Ollie Price 58 and Gohar eight. Coad has taken up early bowling duties.
9.15am Just before we get going, let’s have a look around the grounds at what else is happening.
Kent 405-7 v Somerset 202, Canterbury
Lancashire 512 v Surrey 123-5, Old Trafford
Northamptonshire 32-2 v Essex 263, Wantage Road
Warwickshire 272-4d v Hampshire 4-0, Edgbaston
Derbyshire 356-2 v Leicestershire 249, Derby
Nottinghamshire 662-5d v Durham 53-2, Trent Bridge
Sussex 88-1 v Glamorgan 533-9d, Hove
Worcestershire 225 v Middlesex 146-2, New Road
9.10am Just a reminder for members, there will be members’ forum in the Long Room at 9.30am today to discuss the ECB’s High Performance Review.
9.04am Just to recap yesterday’s action, you can do so via our match report and reaction piece from Tom Kohler-Cadmore, which are linked below.
9.03am Hopefully, fingers crossed, the Warwickshire game against Hampshire at Edgbaston will not coming into the reckoning over the next couple of days.
But if it does, it’s worth considering the way forwards in that game, which is the one that matters now that Kent are safe.
So let’s recap. Yorkshire came into this game 15 points clear of the second-bottom Bears, knowing a maximum haul of 10 points would do the trick. We have already claimed three of those – effectively an 18-point lead.
Warwickshire claimed two batting points with 272-4 declared, so need 16 more for the win to leapfrog Yorkshire on the first tie-breaker (most wins – two to one).
How are they going to do that?
The early declaration on 272-4 was interesting last night.
After a rainy two days at Edgbaston, they clearly thought, ‘We need to take 20 wickets to win, let’s get cracking as quickly as possible’.
If they can bowl Hampshire out for 200 ish somewhere around tea-time, surely they will be delighted. Then they can push on with the bat and set a victory target tomorrow.
Hampshire’s situation in the table comes into consideration and is actually a positive for Yorkshire.
They started the game needing five points to secure second place from Lancashire and some extra prize money.
They have only got one of those points so far after the early declaration.
That means they need to get 350 with the bat inside 110 overs to secure second spot.
Lancashire are on course to get the maximum haul of 24 points in their game against Surrey, so Hampshire have to assume they will win and get 350.
Surely, with the time remaining in the game, if Hampshire do get 350 conventionally, that makes it incredibly difficult for Warwickshire.
The word conventionally is key here, as there is always the possibility for a contrived finish at Edgbaston.
Clear as mud! But, at this stage of the season, it is always worth expecting the unexpected.
Let’s just hope the lads do the business today and tomorrow and ensure we don’t have to worry about anything going on in the second city.
Good morning from Headingley, where it is a glorious sunny morning ahead of day three of our LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Gloucestershire, the final one of 2022.
Gloucestershire will get going at 10.30am on 204-6 in their second innings, a lead of 211.
Yorkshire struck late last night before rain intervened to cut six overs from the day’s allocation. That means we will have 104 overs allotted for the day today, as was the case yesterday.
From here, Yorkshire need to win or draw to ensure Division One safety for another season.
This has been a nip and tuck contest all the way through, and there will be more twists and turns to come.
But a fast start to the morning with the ball would be absolutely ideal. The pitch is good, though each morning session has proved tricky for batting. Fingers crossed that continues for an hour and then things ease.
There will be a live stream available once more through the Match Centre tab at the top of the page. Enjoy the day.