County Championship: Essex take control against Yorkshire
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford (day two):|
|Yorkshire 208 & 38-3: Siddle 2-6|
|Essex 328: Westley 81; ten Doeschate 70*; Fisher 3-59, Maharaj 3-93|
|Yorkshire (3 pts) trail Essex (6 pts) by 82 runs with 7 wickets standing|
Tom Westley made 81 and skipper Ryan ten Doeschate hit an unbeaten 70 as Essex put themselves on course for victory over Yorkshire at Chelmsford.
The 2017 champions made 328 in their first innings, a lead of 120, and then reduced the visitors to 38-3 at stumps.
Westley's score was his highest of the season, while ten Doeschate put on 75 for the ninth wicket with Aaron Beard.
Peter Siddle took 2-6 at the start of Yorkshire's second innings and Simon Harmer had Tom Kohler-Cadmore lbw.
Yorkshire will resume on the third morning with Adam Lyth nine not out and Harry Brook on four, still needing another 82 to avoid an innings defeat as Essex look to make it six Championship wins out of seven since the end of their One-Day Cup campaign.
Having begun on 122-3, Essex added 71 during the morning for the loss of Rishi Patel, who was caught at short-mid-wicket off Matt Fisher (3-59).
Westley's departure, lbw to Duanne Olivier, was a setback to their hopes of a big total and they declined to 253-8 before ten Doeschate and Beard came together to secure a third batting point.
Beard was eventually bowled by South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj, who finished off the tail for figures of 3-93.
Yorkshire's hopes of a good start to their second innings were immediately undermined by Siddle, who bowled Will Fraine and then had Gary Ballance brilliantly caught by diving keeper Adam Wheater for four.
Essex batsman Tom Westley:
"It's good to have finally contributed some runs. It was quite hard work. It has been quite challenging batting at Chelmsford this year so it's nice to get 80.
"Hopefully it's a big push for another Essex victory. When you get on a flat wicket, that's when you want to cash in. Nick Browne did it last week with a big one at Trent Bridge.
"Aaron Beard batted brilliantly. There was a little bet in the changing room. Cookie tends to incentivise his runs and he was going to give him a little cash prize. That might have been the reason why it turned up with 41.
"We play well as a team and everyone wants to contribute. It was Beardy's brilliant effort that helped us get our lead. A 120-run lead is like 250 anywhere else."
Yorkshire head coach Andrew Gale:
"We bowled nicely in the first session, having been a bit wide on day one. But they showed us how to go about tricky periods. They dug in for an hour and a half, and you have to give them credit.
"They took the sting out of it and got their rewards later in the day against some tired bodies. That's what good sides do. You don't see that much in county cricket these days. They showed a lot of patience and resilience.
"The challenge is set for us. We need a few blokes to get hundreds. There's no doubt it's an uphill battle. But Adam Lyth battled hard, which is encouraging.
"Ii's spinning, it's seaming and there's up and down bounce. It's going to be tough. But we're paying the price for some soft batting in the first innings. We felt we'd left 60 or 70 runs out there. And I just want us to show a bit of character."