Yorkshire secure first win of the season to go top of the...

Yorkshire secure first win of the season to go top of the table

Stumps, day four: Yorkshire 557-6d (Root 213, Bairstow 198; Rampaul 4-153) beat Surrey 330 (Davies 117; Willey 3-55) and 207 (Sangakkara 61, Davies 52; Patterson 3-15) by an innings and 20 runs

Yorkshire go top of Division One of the Specsavers County Championship with an innings and 20 run win over Surrey.

On a rain affected day at Headingley, it took until nearly 6 o’clock, with just 29 balls left, before Plunkett got Matthew Dunn lbw to wrap up the win.

Play did not commence until 11.45, prompting Andrew Gale to declare his side’s innings on 557-6 before any Yorkshire batting today. 23 overs were lost in total on day four, but there was still time enough for a grandstand finish.

Surrey’s second innings followed a very similar pattern to that of their first innings. Rory Burns and Arun Harinath fell cheaply, leaving Kumar Sangakkara and Steven Davies to form their side’s highest partnership again – 104 this time after their 122 together on day one. They both fell soon after bringing up their half centuries and both to the part-time spin of England’s magic man Joe Root.

Ben Foakes and Tom Curran again got going and then got out before reaching 50, no one else reached double figures.

Curran and Foakes’ partnership was one which had Surrey still looking to make Yorkshire bat again, but Steven Patterson came on and bowled Curran with the first ball of his new spell. Veteran bowling all rounder Gareth Batty earnt himself a pair for this match by also falling to Patterson, who finished the innings with 3 for 15 off just 9 overs.

Ravi Rampaul stuck around with Foakes for a while without ever looking comfortable, but when Foakes played on off Patterson for 21, Surrey were left praying for rain to salvage them a draw.

This game will rightly be most memorable for Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow’s phenomenal 372 run fourth wicket partnership, but it was Yorkshire’s broad bowling ranks which eventually brought them their first Championship win of the season.


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