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White Rose seal second spot

Highlights from Headingley where Yorkshire sealed second place in the LV= County Championship with a victory

Yorkshire clinched second place in Division One of the LV= County Championship with an 80-run victory over Middlesex in their last home game of the season at Headingley.

Only Australia opener Chris Rogers offered any real resistance as Middlesex pursued a target of 277 in a minimum of 75 overs.

However, once he had departed for 65, a Yorkshire win was inevitable and the visitors were all out for 196 in 49.5 overs.

It was the White Rose’s seventh triumph of the campaign and, as soon as the game was over, skipper Andrew Gale and his team came on to the field to applaud the spectators who gave them a standing ovation.

Middlesex launched their second innings eight overs before the lunch interval and soon lost Sam Robson, who edged Steven Patterson low to Adam Lyth at second slip.

Three overs into the afternoon session, Joe Denly had his off stump removed by Ryan Sidebottom to bring the left-arm seamer his 50th first-class victim of the summer.

Rogers had moved confidently on to 28 when he flashed at Sidebottom and was caught behind by Jonny Bairstow, but Yorkshire jubilation turned rapidly to disappointment as umpire Nigel Llong signalled a no-ball.

Dawid Malan galloped to 31 from 38 balls, only to fall lbw in Liam Plunkett's second over.

Middlesex dipped to 103 for four with the departure of Neil Dexter, caught in the slips by Kane Williamson off Jack Brooks.

Rogers had another stroke of luck on 61 when he slashed hard at Plunkett and Lyth could not hold on, yet this escape was not expensive; he was caught behind off the same bowler soon after.

John Simpson and Gareth Berth both succumbed to edges off Patterson and, despite Ollie Rayner and Tom Helm battling hard, Yorkshire’s win was sealed when the latter drove Brooks - who claimed four wickets - to mid-off.

Yorkshire began the day on 130 for five with an overall lead of 212.

Gary Ballance, 53 not out overnight, batted beautifully until he departed for 90, just 10 runs short of completing 1,000 championship runs for the season.

It was Adil Rashid who made all the early running and he had four boundaries in his 21 before being well caught at first slip by Malan off Tim Murtagh.

Yorkshire collapsed somewhat towards the end of their innings but their lead ultimately proved sufficient.

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