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Yorkshire v Northamptonshire: Day 2

— 21 April 2014

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Jack Brooks, against his former county, and Gary Ballance were the headline performers as Yorkshire took charge of their LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Headingley during today’s second day.

Ballance completed a stunning 174 off 256 balls as Yorkshire declared on 459-9 just before lunch, which also included a breezy 37 not out from Brooks in a tenth-wicket stand of 61 unbroken inside eleven overs with Steve Patterson.

Brooks then ripped through the Northants batting line-up with 5-36 from 12 overs as the visitors were bowled out for just 94 in 30 overs in reply, losing all ten of their wickets between lunch and tea despite batting conditions being good.

Brooks’s new ball partner Ryan Sidebottom also finished with excellent figures of 4-16 from nine overs, taking two wickets at either end of the innings.

When the Northants second innings begins – there was no play after tea today due to rain – Sidebottom will be on a hat-trick.

Brooks did most of his damage during a seven-over spell from the Football Stand End, which brought him four wickets for 19 runs. He had claimed his first from the Kirkstall Lane End.

He bowled James Middlebrook in his first spell before getting Rob Newton caught behind by Andrew Hodd, Andrew Hall caught at third slip by Kane Williamson, David Willey caught in the gully by Liam Plunkett and Steven Crook caught at point by Adil Rashid.

The wickets of Newton and Hall came at either end of the 17th over.

Sidebottom trapped Stephen Peters lbw and had Kyle Coetzer caught at second slip by Adam Lyth, leaving Northants at 27-3 in the eleventh over. When Plunkett later had David Murphy caught behind in the 24th, Northants were 68-8.

Sidebottom wrapped up the innings by bowling Maurice Chambers and getting Azharullah caught at first slip by Ballance with successive deliveries.

Earlier, Yorkshire’s innings included a joint world record eight lbw in a first-class innings.

Ballance and Ryan Sidebottom advanced their eighth-wicket stand to 72 inside 24 overs, the second highest partnership of the innings, after Yorkshire started the day on 328-7.

Sidebottom (15) was trapped lbw by Middlebrook’s off-spin before Ballance fell the same way to Hall’s medium pace.

Brooks and Patterson then had some fun with the willow before lunch, including a flamboyant Brooks hooked six. Hall finished with 4-103 from 28 overs. Yorkshire missed out on five batting points, falling 16 runs short of 400 at the 110-over cut off point.

Andrew Gale has enforced the follow-on, and Northants will begin tomorrow 365 runs in arrears.

Tea:

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Jack Brooks has ripped through the Northamptonshire batting line-up with five wickets as Yorkshire pressed for a first LV= County Championship win of the season at Headingley.

The ex-Wantage Road man left his former county in tatters at 65-7 in reply to 459-9 declared. They were eventually bowled out by 98 on the cusp of tea thanks also to four wickets for Ryan Sidebottom.

He bowled James Middlebrook before getting Rob Newton caught behind, Andrew Hall caught at third slip, David Willey caught in the gully and Steven Crook caught at point. The wickets of Newton and Hall came at either end of the 17th over.

Sandwiched in between the wickets of Middlebrook and Newton, Sidebottom trapped Stephen Peters lbw and had Kyle Coetzer caught at second slip.

When Liam Plunkett had David Murphy caught behind in the 24th over, Northants were 68-8.

Sidebottom then wrapped up the innings by bowling Maurice Chambers and getting Azharullah caught at first slip.

Brooks finished with 5-36 and Sidebottom 4-16.

Lunch:

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Yorkshire have advanced their first-innings total to 459-9 declared at lunch on day two of their LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Headingley thanks in the main to Gary Ballance’s brilliant 174.

The White Rose county are in a commanding position against last season’s promotion winners, who have suffered a frustrating morning.

There were eight lbws in the innings, equalling the world record in a first-class innings.

Yorkshire resumed on 328-7 this morning, and Ballance and Ryan Sidebottom advanced their eighth-wicket stand to 72 inside 24 overs, the second highest partnership of the innings.

Ballance recorded his highest score in a Yorkshire shirt, but he was trapped lbw by Andrew Hall, who took four wickets.

Steve Patterson and Jack Brooks also added an unbroken 61 inside eleven overs for the tenth wicket before Andrew Gale declared.

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