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Yorkshire v Northamptonshire: Yorkshire win by an innings and 120 runs

— 23 April 2014

Yorkshire wrapped up their first LV= County Championship victory of the season against Northamptonshire within an hour and 55 minutes of play on the final day at Headingley today, winning by an innings and 120 runs.

Resuming on 148-4 in their second innings having been asked to follow-on, they slipped to 245 all out as the White Rose county claimed 23 points following last week’s eleven for the draw at Somerset.

Ryan Sidebottom, Jack Brooks, Liam Plunkett, Steve Patterson and Adil Rashid all got amongst the wickets this morning, with Brooks finishing with career best match figures of 8-112 following his three second-innings wickets.

This was a deserved win against last season’s Division Two promotion winners having dominated the game with bat and ball from just after lunch on the first day when they were 57-3 in the 26th over.

Gary Ballance’s 174 underpinned Yorkshire’s 459-9 declared in their first innings before Northants were bowled out for just 94 in reply, which included 5-36 from 12 overs for Brooks.

Sidebottom struck as early as the fourth ball of the morning today when he had Rob Newton caught at point by Alex Lees – his third wicket of the innings to leave the score at 149-5 in the 50th over of the innings.

Brooks also added his third of the innings in the morning’s fourth over – the 53rd – when night-watchman Maurice Chambers edged to Adam Lyth at second slip with 151 on the board.

Andrew Hall and David Willey shared 30 for the seventh wicket before Plunkett broke the partnership with a sharp one-handed (left-handed) caught and bowled effort to get Hall, leaving the score at 181-7.

Patterson then had Steven Crook caught at first slip by Rashid only two balls into his first over of the morning as the visitors slipped to 190-8 in the 63rd over before he had Willey caught behind with the score on 195 in the 65th.

David Murphy and Azharullah then held Yorkshire up for 50 minutes with a tenth-wicket stand of 50, the second highest of the innings, before Rashid had the latter caught behind to finish things off at 12.55pm

Ballance, meanwhile, did not take to the field this morning having suffered a cut finger on his right hand last night. He has had it x-rayed, and there is no break. He is expected to be fit for Sunday’s trip to Lord’s to face Middlesex.

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