Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes and Frank Worrell became known as the "three W's", cricketers who during the late 40s and 1950s endeared themselves to their West Indian fans.

Fast forward on to 2014 and Yorkshire county cricket club seem to have found the three "L"s, Adam Lyth, Alex Lees and Jack Leaning, besides the three "B"s, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan. Back those talents up with Joe Root, Adil Rashid plus the bowling ‘engine room’ of Ryan Sidebottom, Jack Brooks and Steve Patterson, and it is not hard to see why that group of players are seemingly moving inexorably towards the LV = Division 1 County Championship title.

After another highly promising opening day on Tuesday with the bat at Nottingham against their closest rivals, Nottinghamshire, they again came out on top at 319 for 4 overnight. Much of the platform for the innings came from opener Lyth who notched up another century after being dropped off the second ball. Notts had time to rue the miss, as along with Lees the openers put on a stand of 176 for the first wicket before Lees fell on 86 to Gary Keedy.

Lyth eventually also fell to Keedy, the pick of the Notts’ bowlers, to a soft caught and bowled, but not before he had reached 122. Wickets had begun to fall at regular intervals by mid-afternoon, with Notts using the second new ball far more productively than the first with both Root and Bairstow out cheaply. Ballance like Root had returned from England duty though and it was he who steadied the ship, looking assured to end the day not out on 82.

With Rashid and Bresnan looking to add to the score on day two, it looks likely to be a sizeable first innings for Yorks. Notts really need the win but now look to be on the back foot unless they can claim early wickets on the second day before lunch.

Elsewhere in the championship, Warwickshire still entertain hopes of catching the two leaders and could potentially still win the title. They bowled Northants out for 273 at Birmingham on day one of their match and were handily placed on 79-1 at stumps in reply. The damage was mainly done by Keith Barker with 4-61 and Ollie Hannon-Dalby with 4-57. They will hope that former England stalwart Jonathan Trott can continue his steady return to form in their innings.
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