The weather stayed as promised and the day could not have gone better for the 2nd XI.
After the Firsts had beaten the League leaders, a stand of 223 for the fifth wicket between Ryan Gibson (137*) and Mosun Hussain (104), each of whom registered their maiden Championship century as well as their highest scores for Yorkshire, took the game away from Northants and ensured that only one team could henceforth win the game.
They efforts came from 301 deliveries in just 217 minutes at a rate seldom below four per over.
Earlier, Dan Hodgson and Andrew Hodd had got the ball rolling with a third wicket stand of 88 before both departed in quick succession to leave the innings precariously placed on 118/4. But, as it turned out, that stand was merely the hors d`oeuvres for the main course.
Yorkshire declared to leave their opponents an awkward chunk of nine overs and it almost brought a wicket as a drive in the air by Saif Zaib was parried at gully but the rebound was unfortunately missed.
But Yorkshire still have all day tomorrow to try to force a victory. They have a mountain of runs on the board and can keep attacking fields as long as they want.
2nd XI CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 YORKSHIRE v NORTHAMPTONSHIRE at YORK CC (8-10 JUNE 2015)
Yorkshire won the toss and invited Northamptonshire to bat first.
Overnight – Northamptonshire (1st innings) 126/9
Northamptonshire (1st innings) – continued – J D Fawcett Not Out 13; D P Richardson c Hodgson b Coad 2
Extras 1 (1 lb)
Total (all out) 127 (36.4 Overs)
Fall of Wickets – Coad 8.4-2-38-5.
Yorkshire – 1st innings – E Callis c Murphy b Burton 16; J A Tattersall b Chambers 7; A J Hodd (WK) c Plater b Chambers 57; D M Hodgson (Capt) c Coetzer b Sole 30; M Hussain c Patel b Burton 104; R Gibson Not Out 137; M J Waite Not Out 34.
Did Not Bat – R J Sidebottom, K Carver, J Shaw, B O Coad, M A Ashraf.
Extras – 19 (4b, 7lb, 8 nb)
Total (for 5 wkts dec) 404 (90 overs)
Fall of wickets – 1/23 (Tattersall); 2/27 (Callis); 3/115 (Hodd); 4/118 (Hodgson); 5/341 (Hussain)
Bowling – Chambers 21-5-56-2; Burton 20-3-102-2; Coetzer 18-1-66-0; Richardson 12-1-71-0; Sole 8-0-52-1; Zaib 11-1-46-0.
Northamptonshire (2nd innings) – S A Zaib Not Out 1; A M Patel Not Out 13
Total (for 0 kts) 14 (9 overs)
To bat – A S T West; K J Coetzer; D Murphy (Capt/WK); J D Fawcett; J Plater; T B Sole; D P Richardson; D A Burton; M A Chambers.
Bowling – 5-3-2-0; Ashraf 4-1-12-0.