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Patterson's first five as Yorkshire win by innings

— 6 May 2010

Steven Patterson, being surrounded by teammates, above, collected career-best figures of 5-50 as Yorkshire fired out Essex for 206 and 214 to win by an innings and 96 runs on Day 3 of their LV County Championship match at Scarborough.

It was magnificent victory to increase Yorkshire’s lead at the top of Division 1, and Patterson not only returned a career-best analysis in the first inningsbut he took 2-19 to help to bowl Essex out again on the follow-on. This victory inside three days means that Yorkshire have now won three of their first five Championship matches.

In a dramatic morning’s cricket Yorkshire wrapped up the Essex first innings and Oliver Hannon-Dalby  dismissed both openers to leave the visitors struggling on 37-2 at lunch.

Cloud gave way to bright sunshine as Essex resumed on 159-5, and it took Yorkshire just an hour to work their way through the second half of the batting order with Patterson doing the lion’s share of the work.

With the last ball of the second over, Patterson had James Foster lbw offering no stroke before Ryan ten Doeschate was also lbw to one which cut back from Tino Best and kept a shade low. Best and David Masters had one or two exchanges, and the West Indian lost his rhythm trying to bounce him out.

It was Patterson who got rid of Masters, thanks to a brilliant one-handed catch low to his left at cover by Joe Sayers. Patterson sniffed a five-wicket haul for the first time in his career – and he did not let the opportunity slip: he clean bowled Chris Wright soon after Essex had claimed a solitary batting  point, and he then wrapped things up by having Tim Phillips caught at third-slip by Adil Rashid to register Yorkshire’s best bowling figures of the season.

The excitement was far from over: now it was Hannon-Dalby’s turn to have the crowd roaring its approval.  In his first over Billy Godleman edged to Rashid at third-slip, and it became 28-2 as England opener Alistair Cook drove weakly outside off-stump and was caught behind by Jonny Bairstow.

Yorkshire continued their march towards victory with three more wickets during the afternoon. Patterson added to his first-innings blitz by having John Maunders caught behind, and another of Andrew Gale’s inspired bowling changes reaped further rewards.

There were almost two run-outs in his first over when Joe Sayers was given a spell with his off-breaks – but it was Richard Pyrah who struck a double blow when he joined the attack: the all-rounder’s first ball trapped Jaik Mickleburgh lbw, and not long afterwards a sharply rising delivery outside off-stump was edged by James Foster into Bairstow’s gloves.

Skipper Mark Pettini batted with great determination, and he was 36 not out at tea with Ryan ten Doeschate 15 and the total 136-5.

There was no stopping Yorkshire after tea, and they captured the last five Essex wickets by 5.30pm to win with 14 overs of Day 3 remaining. Pettini resisted bravely until he fell lbw for 47 to Best, and it was the beginning of the end when ten Doschate slapped Patterson straight to Adam Lyth at mid-wicket.

Now it was Rashid’s turn to sample some of the glory, and after luring both Masters and Wright out of the crease to be stumped by Bairstow he concluded the match by trapping last man Chris Martin lbw.


DAY 2: Captain Andrew Gale plundered 135,  and Yorkshire had Essex reeling on 159-5 at the close after they had piled up 516, a record home score against the visitors. Well-timed bowling changes brought about Essex’s demise, and they still need 208 to avoid the possibility of the follow-on.

Yorkshire made good progress on the second morning after Anthony McGrath had fallen without adding to his overnight 112. Bairstow completed his half-century in the over before lunch when Yorkshire were 444-6. Gale was on 89 when he and McGrath began the day with Yorkshire on 313-3, but the last ball of the first over from David Masters was a yorker which pinned McGrath lbw, his runs having come off 274 balls with 15 boundaries.

There was no stopping Gale, who drove Chris Martin to the extra-cover boundary to hurry to his second Championship century of the season off 168 deliveries, with 14 fours and a six. Jonny Bairstow joined his captain, and cut Martin for four to take Yorkshire to 353-4 and a fourth batting point – but they could not secure a fifth, the total being 370-4 at 110 overs.

Left-arm spinner Tim Phillips, who had bowled well in the innings, gained some reward when he picked up his 100th first-class victim by having Gale smartly stumped by James Foster for 135 from 216 balls, with 18 fours and a six.

Gale and Bairstow had put on 76 together, and Adil Rashid helped Bairstow to add more runs before he carved Ryan ten Doeschate straight into the waiting hands of Billy Godleman at third-man to make it 419-6.

Richard Pyrah moved smoothly into double figures, and in the last over before lunch Bairstow cover-drove ten Doeschate to the boundary to go to his 50 from 84 balls with nine fours. A fascinating morning had produced 131 runs for the loss of three wickets.

Pyrah hit ten Doeschate for a skimming six over mid-wicket after lunch, and Bairstow’s splendid innings of 62 from 112 balls with 11 boundaries ended at 475 as he feathered a catch to Foster off Chris Wright.

Tino Best and Steven Patterson did not last long – but the admirable Pyrah cruised past the 50 mark before being last out for 61 from 73 deliveries with six fours and a six as Yorkshire galloped on to 516, their highest home score against Essex.

Neither Best nor Oliver Hannon-Dalby could shift the opening pair of Billy Godleman and Alastair Cook – but both went in the first overs of Patterson and Adil Rashid when they took over the attack. Patterson’s second ball found Cook trapped in front of his stumps, and Rashid’s sixth delivery brought a similar verdict against Godleman as Essex dipped to 27-2.

Yorkshire picked up a further wicket with the second ball after tea as Maunders slashed hard at Best and Pyrah took the catch at backward point.

Hannon-Dalby returned for another burst and his third ball trapped Mickleburgh lbw to leave Essex tottering on 74-4 but the biggest celebration came at 135 when Best spectacularly uprooted Mark Pettini’s off-stump before setting off on a celebratory dance.


Pictures From Scarborough: VAUGHN RIDLEY

DAY 1:  Anthony McGrath batted for all but six overs to complete his 30th first-class century for Yorkshire and his first against Essex. Dropped on 33 and 106, he was unbeaten on 112 at the close, and with skipper Andrew Gale having reached 89 in an unbroken stand of 163 Yorkshire were in a healthy position at 313-3 from 96 overs.

Division 1 table-toppers Yorkshire won the toss, and decided to make first use of a good batting strip - the only change from the side which drew with Durham at Headingley last week being the replacement of left-arm spinner David Wainwright with Richard Pyrah.

New Zealander Chris Martin, making his Championship debut for Essex, opened the bowling with David Masters, who conceded early boundaries to both Adam Lyth and Joe Sayers.

It was Lyth who was generally the more dominant - he drew gasps of approval from the home fans with some majestic shots, driving Martin through extra-cover for four and in the Test bowler’s next over off-driving a half-volley for four and playing the next delivery off his legs for another boundary.

The openers were looking well set, but at 32 in the sixth over Sayers could not avoid getting an edge off Martin for Alistair Cook to pouch the catch at first slip.

The departure of Lyth slowed the scoring for a while, but McGrath looked solid enough – and it came as something of a surprise when he lost Lyth at 72: the opener shaped to off-drive Ryan ten Doeschate, but the ball seemed to deflect of his pads into the stumps. Lyth departed for 47 from 60 balls with eight boundaries.

Yorkshire still appeared to be well on top…and after McGrath had pulled ten Doeschate viciously for four Jacques Rudolph hit the same bowler to the extra-cover boundary. Yorkshire could feel well satisfied at reaching 109-2 by lunch – the game starting half-an-hour later than scheduled because Essex arrived in Scarborough late the previous evening.

McGrath enjoyed an escape after the interval on 33, soon after being struck on the elbow by Martin: he edged straight into the hands of Cook at first slip…but the England opening batsman put down a simple catch. Rudolph once again was making batting look easy – but having reached 45 he drove at a ball from ten Doeschate which swung into him and gave a return catch.

Gale wasted no time in middling the ball: he soon began to outscore McGrath, who went to a fine half-century from 133 balls with seven fours. Essex brought on left-arm spinner Tim Phillips, and Gale drove him over long-on and into the members’ enclosure for six. Soon he was cover-driving Wright to dash to his 50 from 47 balls with seven fours and a six. By tea the fourth-wicket pair had added 86 in 20 overs, McGrath on 59 and Gale 55.

McGrath and Gale kept Yorkshire in complete command during the evening as they added substantially to their fourth-wicket partnership. McGrath moved steadily to his second consecutive Championship century from 244 balls with 14 fours – but after five hours of unwavering determination he enjoyed another life at 106 when he was put down at second slip by John Maunders to deny Masters.

Yorkshire will be hoping to press on in the morning to clock up maximum batting bonus points for the first time this season.







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