New Zealand’s Kane Williamson hit his first Championship century as Yorkshire began a push for victory on day three against Sussex at Scarborough.
He batted for just over eight hours for his 189 before giving a return catch to spinner Luke Wells, who took a career-best 3-38 as they were all out for 493.
Williamson’s stand of 157 with Tim Bresnan (61) was a seventh-wicket record for the county against Sussex. Sussex were 98-4 at stumps, still 27 behind, with Luke Wright 56 not out.
Yorkshire’s previous seventh-wicket partnership record against Sussex was 138 by David Denton and George Hirst in 1905
A superb new-ball spell for the Division One leaders of 2-8 from seven overs by Ryan Sidebottom sent back Wells and Sussex skipper Ed Joyce, lbw for five.
Chris Nash was dropped at slip on 15 by Alex Lees off Jack Brooks, but did not add to his score before wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow accepted another edge off the same bowler.
Craig Cachopa was removed by Bresnan, with the help of Adam Lyth’s catch at second slip, but Wright met the crisis with some typically bold strokeplay, reaching his half-century from just 53 balls. Earlier, Yorkshire had Adil Rashid bowled by Matthew Hobden for 28 after beginning the day on 258-5, but Williamson – 22 fours in his 320-ball innings – and Bresnan ensured maximum batting points either side of the lunch interval.
“It was nice to get my maiden century and to contribute to a big first-innings total. It is always nice to make a big score when your team needs it,” said Williamson. “The team needed someone to build partnerships.”
LV County Championship Division ONe, Scarborough. Close, day three: Sussex 368 & 98-4, Yorkshire 493. Yorkshire 8pts, Sussex 6pts.