Yorkshire are continuing their excellent Championship form with another emphatic victory, this time by 220 runs over Middlesex at Scarborough.
Heading into the final day Yorkshire had decided to declare overnight on 400-5, with a lead of 422. Their declaration was set-up by captain Andrew Gale who hit 126 not out and was helped by half-centuries from Alex Lees (67), Kane Williamson (62) and Jack Leaning (76) in the host's second innings.
Some onlookers may have wondered why Yorkshire had delayed their declaration so long but Yorkshire will still have been wary of Middlesex after they chased down a huge target of over 400 against them earlier in the season.
That victory at Lords was inspired by Australian Chris Rogers and Yorkshire knew he would be the danger-man once again. However, once Steven Patterson had dismissed Rogers for 44, to leave the visitors on 92-3, Yorkshire were confident that they could achieve victory.
Paul Stirling was then out next ball and despite a well-made 61 from wicket-keeper John Simpson, to add to his first innings century, Yorkshire were not to be denied victory.
Jack Brooks, who is having a fantastic season, finished with 3-30 and Adil Rashid captured 4-27, as the visitors were bowled out for 201. Either player could well push for an England place in their own right this summer but special mention should be reserved for ex-England bowler Ryan Sidebottom who took a valuable 7-44 in the first innings.
Yorkshire are now five points above Nottinghamshire at the top of the table and with four games to play they will be confident of achieving their first Championship success since 2001. The Royal London Cup will now take over the domestic game as the Championship takes a break before Yorkshire resume once again on the 15th August. The Tykes will face some tough games in their run-in against Sussex, Lancashire, Somerset and a potential decider against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in September.
Yorkshire's position at the top of the table is testament to their fantastic squad and their strength in depth particularly given the absence of regular England players Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett so far this season.
Division one of the County Championship looks set to have a very exciting finish to the season in prospect.
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