London: Adam Lyth`s sixth County Championship century of the season took Yorkshire closer to the English First Division title on Tuesday.
Lyth`s 122 was the cornerstone of Yorkshire`s 319 for four on the first day of their four-day clash away to second-placed Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The batting bonus points left Yorkshire 28 in front of their hosts, with just this match and one more between them and their first title in 13 years.
Lyth and his fellow left-handed opener Alex Lees (86) put on a stand of 176 after England batsman Joe Root, leading Yorkshire in place of the suspended Andrew Gale, had won the toss.
Nottinghamshire, however, dropped both batsmen early -- with Lyth on nought, put down by home captain and former England wicketkeeper Chris Read off the second ball of the match.
Lyth cashed in with 14 fours in his 180-ball century, adding another 95 for the second wicket with England batsman Gary Ballance, who ended the day 82 not out.