Yorkshire win over Northamptonshire at Wantage Road— 3 June 2014
Yorkshire dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on their third LV= County Championship win of the season against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road today, with Liam Plunkett doing the bulk of the damage.
Andrew Gale’s side went into day four needing seven wickets to complete the double over Northants after an early-season innings win at Headingley, while Northants needed another 366 to win at 66-3 in pursuit of 432.
Tim Bresnan (3-46 from 16 overs) struck with the day’s very first ball after a 35-minute rain delay, trapping left-hander Matt Spriegel lbw as he offered no shot to a significant inswinger.
Plunkett finished with a season’s best 4-42 from 14.1 overs to bowl the hosts out for 160 in the early stages of the afternoon and complete a 271-run win.
Yorkshire take 19 points into Sunday’s clash with Nottinghamshire at Headingley, and they could even start that clash top of the league depending on how the other matches finish tomorrow.
Jack Brooks claimed the second wicket of the morning in the 32nd over of the innings, the eighth of the morning, when he had Rob Keogh caught behind with a ball few batsmen would have survived, leaving the score at 78-5.
Plunkett was next to strike as he got former South African Test player Andrew Hall, who had played nicely for 24, caught in the covers by Alex Lees after the batsman had aborted an attempted pull. That left Northants at 109-6 in the 37th.
The hosts reached lunch at 119-6, but they were soon seven down as Plunkett’s introduction into the attack, a change made early in the afternoon session, brought immediate reward.
He had Ben Duckett caught behind with the fifth ball of his first over back after the left-handed wicketkeeper had been ensure whether to play forward or back having been troubled with extra bounce earlier in the over.
At that stage, Northants were 135-7 in the 53rd, and it wasn’t long before they were eight down and Plunkett had three.
The former Durham man had Rob Newton caught at first slip by Aaron Finch for an innings top-score of 33 in the 61st over, leaving the score at 148-8.
Adil Rashid got his name in the wickets column in the 64th over when he trapped New Zealand seamer Ian Butler lbw with the score on 158 before Plunkett bowled Maurice Chambers in the next over to wrap up the win with only a further two runs added.