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— 11 June 2015

For the second consecutive day, Yorkshire held all the aces and duly recorded their first Championship victory of 2015 by the massive margin of an innings & 101 runs. They collected the maximum 24 points along the way.


Northants had obviously resolved to bat better and longer than in their first innings and the first wicket did not fall for an hour. But then Ben Coad induced an edge from Akhil Patel (brother of Samit of Notts & England fame), which was snaffled by Jonathan Tattersall in the slips. The same combination then dealt with Kyle Coetzer and on the day he learned he had been recalled to the Scotland squad

In cricket, you win some and you lose some.

Two more wickets fell in quick succession as Ryan Gibson had the obdurate Saif Zaib sharply caught one-handed by Matthew Waite and MoinAshraf joyously uprooted Fawcett`s middle stump. So four were down at lunch and it then simply got worse for the visitors.

The remaining six wickets disappeared in 66 minutes and victory was achieved at 3.00 pm precisely. Karl Carver took 3/30 and finally got into the match in what turned out to be the final session. He had simply not been required previously. One of his victims was Tom Sole, grandson of the Scottish RU prop David Sole who figured in the 1990 Calcutta Cup match that clinched the 5-nations championship (as it was then) after Tony Stanger`s try.

Ben Coad took the other three to finish with 5/51 to go with his first innings return of 5/38, giving him superb match figures of 10/79. These were his first 5-fors in the 2nd XI Championship and, just like buses, it takes a long time for one to appear, but the another cones along almost immediately.

The two teams now move south to Barnsley CC tomorrow for two T20 games. Yorkshire include James Middlebrook, Alex Lees and Aaron Finch and if that doesn`t put some more bums on seats, nothing will.