Yorkshire tie-up first win before lunch on final day

Yorkshire's Jack Brooks is congratulated by team-mates on the wicket of Northants' Maurice Chambers. PIC: SWPIX.COM.
Yorkshire's Jack Brooks is congratulated by team-mates on the wicket of Northants' Maurice Chambers. PIC: SWPIX.COM.
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Yorkshire completed an innings and 120-run victory over Northamptonshire before lunch on the final day of their LV= County Championship clash at Headingley.

The White Rose picked up the final six wickets they required in the morning session to claim their first win of the new first division campaign.

Northamptonshire had been left on the back foot after they were bowled out for 94 in a session on the second day and, despite poor weather in Leeds during the match, the newly-promoted visitors still lost with plenty of time to spare after managing 245 second time around.

Yorkshire quickly set about their work yesterday morning as Northamptonshire lost 5-46 inside the first hour to relinquish any hope they might hold on for a draw, as they did last week on the final day against champions Durham.

Last-wicket pair David Murphy and Mohammad Azharullah at least delayed the inevitable, in a 50-run stand, before the latter was caught behind off Adil Rashid’s leg spin.

That completed a chastening lesson in life in the top-flight for Northamptonshire, who went up as runners up in Division Two last season, and who were largely undone by their former seamer Jack Brooks.

The 29-year-old right-armer, who moved north two years ago to further his career, finished with career best match figures of 8-112 after returning 5-36 in Northamptonshire’s first-innings collapse.

A good day for Yorkshire was made better after x-rays cleared Gary Ballance of any major damage to the index finger on his right hand after trying to scoop up a catch at slip late on the third day.

Ballance hit 174 in the first innings, to boost his bid to remain in the England Test squad, and with Joe Root also making his comeback from a broken thumb with Yorkshire’s second string this week, the White Rose county’s batting should be near-full strength ahead of tough trips to Middlesex and Durham.

Jonny Bairstow remains sidelined by a similar injury, suffered in a pre-season match against Northamptonshire, and England all-rounder Tim Bresnan was rested but Yorkshire will head to Lord’s next week enthused by a menacing all-round display.

It took just four balls to begin making inroads as Rob Newton sliced a drive at veteran Ryan Sidebottom that Alex Lees held on to at point.

Brooks then got in on the act as as night-watchman Maurice Chambers edged to second slip. For the second time in the match the Northamptonshire middle order showed little resistance.

Andrew Hall was well caught by Liam Plunkett, who stuck out a left hand in his follow through to hold on, before Steven Crook edged Steven Patterson to Rashid at first slip.

Patterson then also removed David Willey, caught by wicketkeeper Andy Hodd.

But Yorkshire were made to wait another 50 minutes to complete the job.

They had their chances as Hodd put down Murphy off Plunkett, while Azharullah was reprieved by Patterson.

Eventually Rashid struck to claim his first wicket of the match and secure a win worth 23 points for Yorkshire.

Northamptonshire head home with just two points from the match.

Yorkshire's Ben Coad is congratulated on the wicket of Notts' Harry Gurney on Saturday at Headingley. Picture: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

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