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Yorkshire in cruise control

Half-centuries from opener Adam Lyth and Jack Leaning put Yorkshire in a strong position on the second day of their LV= County Championship clash against Sussex at Arundel.

Lyth made 66 before Leaning, the 21-year-old playing only his fifth first-class match, complied an unbeaten 75 as Yorkshire closed on 208 for three, 108 behind after Sussex had earlier been dismissed for 316.

A desperately slow pitch was extremely hard work for the bowlers, but Sussex's attack, led by the outstanding Steve Magoffin, stuck to their task well.

In four spells, Magoffin bowled 23 overs, including 13 maidens, and picked up two for 22 to take his wicket-tally for the season to 35.

Lyth and fellow opener Alex Lees had given Yorkshire's reply a solid start even though scoring runs off Magoffin proved virtually impossible.

Lees is regarded as a Test opener of the future and it was not hard to see why as he defended solidly during Magoffin's probing burst with the new ball and attacked at the other end, particularly through the leg side.

But having made 22 he squandered a good start in the last over before lunch when Magoffin got just enough late movement to defeat his defensive stroke and earn a leg before verdict after much deliberation from umpire Richard Kettleborough.

Sussex had to wait another 28 overs for their second wicket as Lyth and Leaning added 73 for the second wicket.

Magoffin returned for a third spell just before tea and surprised Lyth with extra bounce and Jon Lewis at long leg took the catch off a mis-timed pull.

Lyth had looked in good touch as he took his aggregate for the season to 733 runs with his fifth half-century.

He hit six fours and two sixes down the ground off James Tredwell, the Kent off-spinner who was making his debut after joining Sussex on a month's loan.

Tredwell bowled tidily enough and there was some rough created by left-hander Lewis Hatchett's follow-through for him to work with.

When captain Andrew Gale tried to sweep out of it after tea he was bowled for five to leave Yorkshire 139 for three.

Another wicket at that stage might have tilted the balance Sussex's way and wicketkeeper Ben Brown dropped a difficult chance offered by Leaning on 58 when he edged Tredwell.

He survived to add an unbroken 69 in 28 overs with Johnny Bairstow, who batted responsibly for his unbeaten 33 in support of his partner to help put their side in a strong position.

Earlier, Jon Lewis and Hatchett had extended their last-wicket stand to 68 before Lewis was held at slip for 61 to give Jack Brooks his second wicket.

Leaning says patience is key if he is to convert a solid start into a maiden championship hundred.

He has so far batted four hours for his 75, having faced 215 balls, and admitted for long spells it had been hard work.

"Sussex bowled tightly and with it being a slow pitch you really have to graft for runs," he said.

"But I'm pleased with how I played. I was patient and tried to put away the bad balls but when Magoffin and Tredwell were bowling it was hard work.

"Scoring quickly is difficult but if we can get through the first hour tomorrow hopefully we can accelerate and build a big lead."

Sussex coach Mark Robinson praised the perseverance of his bowlers.

He said: "The wicket is very dry and it is starting to break up a bit, although it's very slow turn for Tredwell, who bowled beautifully.

"Sometimes us coaches love experience and Magoffin and Tredwell did an excellent job for us. So did Jon Lewis with the bat to get us to 316."