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Andrew Gale

“To take them early wickets was important to put them under pressure. Their tail wagged a little bit, and we got away from our game plan. But I thought we deserved the win in the end.
“To get bowled out for 150, it’s the same old story and we’re fighting back. We should have probably got 250. I thought that was about right on that pitch.
“It wasn’t a great pitch, and we didn’t want to bat last on it.
“Dom’s been brilliant since he came to us, in all formats. He’s done well in T20 cricket, but when we’ve needed him on turning pitches he’s really come into his own.
“He got us back in the game there because we could have been dead and buried.
“Then, the way we went about things in the second innings, we batted them out of the game.
“Harry’s had a great few weeks in T20, but that big innings in red ball cricket has been missing even though he’d had five fifties. That match-winning innings was always there.”

5.06pm YORKSHIRE WIN!!!! Sanderson trapped lbw by Olivier. 152 all out. 53-run win. Bess with nine wickets in match and a Brook century the standouts. We need a maximum of two more points from next week’s Roses match to qualify for top group. May yet qualify this week.

5,03pm WICKET Get in. Breakthrough. Kerrigan caught behind off an Olivier short ball, pulling. 29. 152-9. 54 more for Northants, one more wicket for Yorkshire.

5pm Yorkshire still searching for wicket number nine. Kerrigan and Procter have shared 49, taking the score to 152-8. 54 more to win for the hosts.

4.42pm Northants are 137-8 after 47 overs, needing 69 more. Procter 35 and Kerrigan 21 are keeping their side alive. Olivier back into the attack in place of Patterson.

4.14pm Play is up and running after tea. Northants 115-8, needing 91 more to win.

Tea Report Yorkshire’s are edging towards a crucial LV= Insurance County Championship victory over Northamptonshire at Wantage Road, needing two more wickets after tea on day three.

Northants, chasing 206, had recovered from 43-5, only to lose their sixth, seventh and eighth wickets shortly before the break, where they have reached at 103-8.

Yorkshire claimed seven wickets in the afternoon, two apiece going to the off-spin of Dom Bess and seam of Ben Coad and one each for Steve Patterson and Duanne Olivier. The last was a run out.

All-rounders Tom Taylor and Luke Procter wrestled back some momentum in this decisive penultimate round Group Three clash, sharing 54 for the sixth wicket. Taylor made 40.

A win for Yorkshire could qualify them for competition’s top group in August and September with a game to spare.

Northants started the afternoon on 17-1 from six overs, the late morning wicket going to Patterson.

The captain made the afternoon breakthrough in its second over (the eighth of the innings) when he had Charlie Thurston sharply caught at short-leg by Gary Ballance.

And when Emilio Gay slapped Bess to cover at the start of the ninth, Northants had lost two wickets on 19 and were three down.

Bess had unlucky Rob Keogh caught at short-leg in the 13th – 28-4 – with a turning ball seemingly missing the inside edge and ballooning up off pad.

And when Saif Zaib edge a rising delivery from Olivier to second slip five overs later, Northants were on the ropes at 43-5.

Taylor took the counter-attacking route on the way to 40 off 44 balls to give Yorkshire something to think about as Procter was more circumspect.

But the former had a huge swipe at Coad and was trapped lbw at the start of the 34th, leaving the score at 97-6. Later in the over, Gareth Berg chipped him to cover, where Sam Northeast took a second catch without addition.

Wayne Parnell was then run out at the striker’s end by Jordan Thompson from mid-wicket having been called through for a quick single by Procter in the final over of the session, the 39th of the innings.

Procter will begin the evening, should rain not intervene, on 26.

3.49pm WICKET Parnell run out from mid-wicket by Thompson. Procter calls him through for a single and he’s short at striker’s end. That’s tea as well at 103-8 in the 39th. 103 more for them to win.

3.32pm WICKET Two for Coad in the 34th over. Berg caught at cover by Northeast, 97-7.

3.28pm WICKET Yes, much needed. Taylor succumbs to a huge swipe at Coad and he’s lbw, 40. Northants 97-6. Big wicket that.

3.18pm Taylor has moved to 36 and is heightening the nerves. He and Procter (20) have taken the score to 90-5. 116 more needed for the hosts. Eight overs to tea.

3.04pm Northants have moved to 73-5 in the 28th over, needing 133 more. Taylor is chancing his arm and has 22 and Procter 17.

2.27pm WICKET Zaib falls to OIivier. Ball rears at him, edged to second slip where Lyth takes a low catch. 43-5.

2.07pm WICKET Keogh caught at short-leg by Brook off Bess, 6. Northants 28-4 now chasing 206.

1.50pm WICKET Yes, Bess! Gay caught at cover by Northeast. Another sharp catch. It’s 19-3.

1.46pm WICKET Thurston caught by Ballance at short-leg off Patterson. Sharp catch. 19-2 in the eighth.

1.41pm Up and running after lunch. Bess bowling to Thurston. Gay has picked up a single already. Northants 18-1 chasing 206.

1.26pm England women have announced their T20 squad for the forthcoming series against India. Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver are included, but there is no Lauren Winfield-Hill. She is back with the Diamonds for Saturday’s Charlotte Edwards Cup T20 clash with Storm at Taunton.

Lunch Report Yorkshire are defending a target of 206 against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road, with the hosts reaching lunch on 17-1 from six overs.

Harry Brook’s sensational 113 led the White Rose to 217 all out in their second innings having started day three of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture on 159-6.

Brook’s third first-class century was secured off 168 balls with nine fours and was last man out having hit 11 fours in 178 balls.

If Yorkshire win this penultimate Group Three clash, they will have all but qualified for the top group in the second phase of the competition with a game to spare.

Day three started on time despite overnight rain, with the threat of showers still looming over Northampton.

Brook started the day on 76 not out and lost Jordan Thompson, Steve Patterson and Ben Coad before holing out himself to deep mid-wicket off the left-arm spin of Simon Kerrigan, who finished with 5-39 from 30.2 overs.

The floodlights are on at Wantage Road, with Yorkshire bowling for 25 minutes before lunch.

Patterson trapped his opposing captain Ricardo Vasconcelos lbw for 10, leaving the score at 17-1 in the sixth over, the last before lunch.

England off-spinner Dom Bess looks set to be the key man, with 16 wickets already falling to spin, including seven of his own in the Northants first innings.

Luke Procter is back in the home batting line-up having missed day two due to personal reasons.

1.01pm – Lunch Northants chasing 206 are 17-1 from six overs. Patterson with the wicket after Brook’s sensational 113 was completed earlier.

12.56pm WICKET Yes! Vasconcelos trapped lbw by Patterson for 10. 17-1 in the sixth. 206 target.

12.39pm .Northants are 6-0 after one over from Coad. Patterson sharing the new ball. Vasconcelos has all 6 of the runs – a two and a boundary.

12.27pm WICKET Brook caught at deep mid-wicket off Kerrigan for 113. Five wickets for Kerrigan. 217 all out, a lead of 205. Well played Harry Brook. Outstanding.

12.22pm Yorkshire lead by 201 at 213-9. Brook playing his shots now. 109.

12.13pm WICKET Yorkshire nine down as Coad is caught and bowled by Taylor for 8 immediately with the new ball. 207-9 and a lead of 195. Brook 103.

12.05pm HUNDRED Brook reaches a sensational century. Tough conditions, no batsman has looked comfortable at the crease aside from him. 168 balls with nine fours. 201-8, a lead of 189.

11.43am WICKET Sanderson short ball sees Patterson fend to short-leg, Gay takes a super diving one-handed catch, 10. 189-8, a lead of 177. Brook on 95.

11.31am Former Northants captain Alex Wakely is on commentary with BBC local radio today having recently retired.

He has just revealed he is exploring a non-league football career at present and is debuting for Northern Premier League Division One Midlands side Histon this weekend. He is playing centre half.

11.12am WICKET Thompson is caught behind off Sanderson for 6. 167-7, Yorkshire’s lead is 155. Patterson joins Brook on 84.

11.06am Yorkshire have added six runs in the opening couple of overs. 165-6, leading by 153. Brook 82 and Thompson 6. Kerrigan and Sanderson have taken up bowling duties for Northants, who have Procter back on the field today.

10.54am England’s new ODI squad is as follows:

Ben Stokes (Durham, captain), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Danny Briggs (Warwickshire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Zak Crawley (Kent), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Tom Helm (Middlesex). Will Jacks (Surrey), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), David Payne (Gloucestershire), Phil Salt (Sussex), John Simpson (Middlesex), James Vince (Hampshire).

10.46am We’ve had some fairly dark clouds circling the ground in the last 20 minutes or so, but they have cleared now and we look good for a start on time.

9.31am Some big news coming out of the England camp. All of their ODI squad have to self isolate following seven positive Covid cases in the camp. A brand new squad will have to be elected ahead of Thursday’s ODI against Pakistan in Cardiff.

Sounds like a new squad is imminent.

Good morning from Wantage Road.

The sun is out and, fingers crossed, things are looking promising for a start on time at 11am.

There has been overnight rain, and the ground staff are taking the covers off and doing some mopping us as I type.

The forecast suggested quite a bit of rain today, but things are certainly better than anticipated weather wise. Hopefully this holds for much of the day.

Yorkshire will resume on 159-6 in their second innings, leading by 147 with Harry Brook on 76 and Jordan Thompson for company in the early stages of his innings.

Yesterday’s seven-wicket star Dom Bess believes a target of 200 will be tricky for Northants on a pitch offering turn and up and down bounce. Bess said last night it was the inconsistency in turn which was proving a major threat.

There will be a stream available once more. Enjoy the day.

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