White Rose strengthen promotion push
Second-placed Yorkshire defeated Glamorgan by eight wickets to claim their first LV= County Championship Division Two triumph at Headingley Carnegie this season.
The victory was the Tykes’ fourth of the campaign and was secured with a full day and 17.5 overs to spare.
They now travel to Chelmsford for their final match against Essex next week looking to wrap up promotion ahead of the club's 150th anniversary in 2013.
Glamorgan - who confirmed the retirement of Robert Croft today - were in a shaky position when they resumed on 27 for two, still 45 runs in the red, and it was paceman Moin Ashraf who shattered their hopes of a recovery when he replaced Ryan Sidebottom at the Football Stand End.
Opener Will Bragg and Stewart Walters took the score to 45 for two before Ashraf struck in his second over by spectacularly plucking Bragg's leg stump clean out of the ground as three wickets fell for the addition of one run.
In the seamer’s next set of six, Walters drove loosely outside off-stump to be caught behind by Andrew Hodd and Steven Patterson weighed in by having David Lloyd dismissed by the same method.
The 20-year-old, from St Asaph, had bagged a pair, the first Glamorgan batsman to do so on debut since Tyrone Powell against West Indies at Swansea in 1976 in his only first-class match.
Glamorgan slipped to 46 for five but Ben Wright and Jim Allenby attempted a gallant fightback and put on 55 before the former fell lbw to Anthony McGrath for 21.
Allenby continued to bat positively either side of lunch but having made 48 from 64 balls, with eight boundaries, his leg-stump was hit by the fiery Ashraf with one which nipped back.
There was no way back for Glamorgan but Graham Wagg blazed away with 36 from 31 deliveries, including three fours and a six, before the innings closed on 182 with the first ball of a new spell from Azeem Rafiq, who had Wagg caught behind.
He was unable to benefit from a dropped catch in the deep by Joe Root off the previous ball from Sidebottom.
Hodd picked up four catches in each innings to give him a total of 16 in three championship matches since joining Yorkshire from Sussex - and soon afterwards it was announced that he had been awarded a two-year contract by the White Rose.
Ashraf bowled splendidly for his 3-42 and Patterson claimed four in each innings to take his season’s tally to 42.
Chasing a target of 111 with 46 overs of the third day still remaining, Yorkshire wasted no time in going for the runs, Adam Lyth leading the way while his opening partner Root proceeded at a more sedate pace.
Lyth had compiled 37 out of 48 without loss by the tea interval and after the break he hit Dean Cosker for consecutive boundaries, the second of which was a reverse sweep to bring up his half-century from 57 balls with nine fours.
Those blows took the score to 63 at which stage Yorkshire lost both openers, Root trapped lbw by John Glover and Lyth dismissed in similar fashion by Cosker while attempting another reverse sweep.
They were only minor setbacks, however, and Phil Jaques and Gary Ballance made light work of knocking off the remaining runs.
Jaques almost departed early on when Bragg narrowly failed to hold on to a difficult overhead chance at mid-on but he ended unbeaten on 28, with Ballance on 19 as the hosts secured a 22-point haul.