A seven-wicket haul for Ryan Sidebottom and a century for wicketkeeper Jon Simpson were the standout performances during day two at Scarborough as Yorkshire secured a narrow first-innings lead against Middlesex.
Sidebottom finished with 7-44 from 17 overs as Middlesex were bowled out for 232 in reply to 253, and Yorkshire built on their 21-run lead during 13 overs of batting in their second innings before close.
They reached 29-1, losing Adam Lyth caught at second slip against Tim Murtagh. Alex Lees and Kane Williamson will resume in the morning.
Thirty six-year-old Sidebottom struck three times either side of lunch as the Lord’s side were undone by extravagant swing to slip deep into trouble at 11-4. Captain Chris Rogers, fellow opener Nick Gubbins and Eoin Morgan all fell for ducks.
However, left-handed duo Dawid Malan and Simpson dragged their side back into it with a fifth-wicket stand of 168 in 43 overs. Malan hit 78 off 150 balls and Simpson 110 off 155, including 17 fours and a six.
This was after Yorkshire had lost their last four wickets for 19 runs this morning to slip from 234-6 in their first innings, with Steven Finn and Murtagh equally sharing the four wickets. Finn finished with 4-81.
It was some surprise to see Middlesex get out of a hole with their batsmen struggling to cope with Sidebottom.
But the cloud cover we had either side of lunch disappeared, and the Middlesex pair prospered with fifties before tea, which came with the score at 122-4.
Sidebottom struck with the second ball of the third over of Middlesex’s first innings when he had Rogers caught behind, leaving the score at 0-1. Gubbins was then trapped lbw by Steve Patterson with the third ball of his only over before lunch as the visitors slipped to 4-2 in the sixth.
Sidebottom struck again six balls into the afternoon when he had Morgan caught behind with another beauty with the score at 7-3 after seven.
And when Williamson took a smart low catch at third slip to help Sidebottom get rid of Paul Stirling, Middlesex were 11-4 in the eleventh.
Jonny Bairstow will be frustrated that he let a regulation chance slip through his grasp with Malan on seven as he edged Jack Brooks behind with the score still on eleven. That chance came in between the third and fourth wickets.
Malan reached his half-century off 98 balls during the latter stages of the afternoon before Simpson, on the cusp of tea, hit Adil Rashid over long-on for six to bring his off 92.
Sidebottom broke the partnership just before Simpson reached his 140-ball ton, getting Malan caught at second slip with Adam Lyth to leave the score at 179-5 in the 54th over.
He then had Ollie Rayner trapped lbw with the score on 195 before getting Toby Roland-Jones caught at second slip to leave the score at 209-7 in the 60th.
Simpson’s innings came to an end in the following over when he was run out returning to the striker’s end for a second run as Rashid threw perfectly to Bairstow as he ran in from the cover fence, and Middlesex were 210-8.
Sidebottom struck again in the 64th when a Murtagh edge was parried by Williamson at third to Lyth at second (217-9) before Rashid wrapped up the innings by getting Finn caught at short cover by Williamson.
Earlier, Rashid was caught at second slip running around after fending at a Finn short ball moments after the second new ball had been taken.
Patterson was then trapped lbw by Murtagh, who then had Sidebottom caught at mid-wicket. Finn then had Tim Bresnan caught at third-man attempting an uppercut for 20.
Middlesex have recovered impressively from 11-4 during the afternoon session on day two at Scarborough to frustrate Yorkshire by reaching tea at 122-4 from 42 overs.
After Ryan Sidebottom struck twice in the opening stages of the afternoon to claim his second and third wickets, left-handers Dawid Malan and Jon Simpson have taken their side beyond 100 without further damage as they reply to 253.
Malan will begin the evening session on 59 and Simpson on 56.
Sidebottom had Eoin Morgan caught behind for a duck six balls into the session, the third batsman who failed to score in the innings, before getting Paul Stirling caught at third slip.
Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Patterson have struck once each before lunch on day two as Middlesex, in reply to 253, have reached lunch at Scarborough in trouble at 4-2 from six overs.
Yorkshire lost their last four wickets for 19 runs to new ball pair Steven Finn and Tim Murtagh, slipping from 234-6.
Finn finished with 4-81 as the hosts crumbled having been ideally placed at 177-2 yesterday evening. In all, they lost their last eight wickets for the addition of 76 and their last seven for just 49.
Andrew Gale’s side did at least manage to creep beyond 250 for a second batting point.
Adil Rashid was caught at second slip running around after fending at a Finn short ball moments after the second new ball had been taken.
Patterson was then trapped lbw by Murtagh, who then had Sidebottom caught at mid-wicket. Finn wrapped up the innings when Bresnan was caught at third-man attempting an uppercut for 20.