YORKSHIRE recovered from the loss of three early afternoon wickets to go in at tea on day two in good order against Middlesex at Headingley, reaching 202-4 from 65 overs.

The first Specsavers County Championship match on this ground since late June is likely to end in a draw, given day one was washed out and the likelihood of more rain to come is high.

Yet the hosts have made a positive start nonetheless. They took lunch at 77-1 before slipping to 116-4 in the 44th over, losing three batsmen in the first 11 overs of the session.

Adam Lyth and Gary Ballance edged behind off James Harris and Steven Finn for 40 and 12 respectively, before Alex Lees (27) was trapped lbw by James Franklin.

Jack Leaning and Andrew Hodd then steadied the ship and advanced at good pace during the second half of the session, sharing an unbroken 86 for the fifth wicket.

Both men played fluently, with Leaning reaching his second successive Championship fifty off 58 balls. He has 51 not out and Hodd 42 at the interval.