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LV= County Championship: Yorkshire made to work by Middlesex

Andrew Gale: Made 66 to help Yorkshire recover from 1-2 on the opening day

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Yorkshire's slim title hopes suffered a blow as rain and bad light combined to cut short the opening day of their LV= County Championship fixture with Middlesex.

The White Rose county recovered from losing two early wickets to reach 109-3 at Headingley before play was called off after 42.1 overs.

Openers Adam Lyth and Phil Jaques both departed with only a single on the board but Kane Williamson and skipper Andrew Gale steadied the ship with a third-wicket stand of 97.

Having begun the day 27.5 points behind Durham, Yorkshire will have been disheartened to hear the table-toppers had claimed maximum bowling points before lunch against Nottinghamshire.

Early problems

The Tykes had enough problems of their own, however, when they lost both their openers inside 17 deliveries.

Lyth was the first to go, trapped leg before by a full-length delivery from Corey Collymore before he had troubled the scorers, and then Tim Murtagh had Jacques caught behind.

Williamson took 28 deliveries to get off the mark but battled hard alongside Gale, who in contrast eased his way to a half-century from 74 balls.

Rain brought forward the lunch interval at 63-2 and only 6.4 overs were possible on the resumption before there was another lengthy break in proceedings.

There was a brief window for further action late in the afternoon, during which time home skipper Gale edged Collymore through to wicketkeeper John Simpson to depart for 66.

England international Jonny Bairstow managed a single before the players were off again for a third and final time, leaving Williamson unbeaten on 34 from 124 balls with five boundaries.