Patterson powers Yorkshire
Yorkshire overpowered Essex by an innings and 96 runs at Scarborough to extend their lead at the top of the LV= County Championship First Division table.
It was a powerful performance by a resurgent Yorkshire and their hero of the day was pace bowler Steven Patterson, who picked up a career-best 5-50 as Essex were forced to follow on 310 behind.
Dispirited Essex were bowled out a second time for 214 with 14 overs of the third day remaining as Yorkshire picked up 23 points to their opponents’ two.
Yorkshire also enforced the follow-on in their previous match against Durham, the first time they had done so in consecutive games for 50 years.
Patterson wasted no time in getting among the wickets, his sixth ball of the morning trapping James Foster lbw as he offered no stroke. Essex had not added to their overnight 159 for five.
Ryan ten Doeschate hit two fine cover boundaries off Tino Best before the West Indies quick gained revenge with an lbw verdict from one which nipped back, but it was Patterson who wiped out the remainder of the batting.
David Masters fell to a tremendous left-handed catch low down at cover by Joe Sayers before Chris Wright was bowled just after Essex had collected their only batting bonus point.
Patterson’s fifth wicket came when Tim Phillips drove to Adil Rashid in the covers, the second half of the batting having collapsed in the first hour of play.
Following on, Essex were soon in deeper trouble as both openers were sent back by Oliver Hannon-Dalby inside the first eight overs.
Billy Godleman was snapped up low at third slip by Rashid in the paceman’s opening over and England opener Alastair Cook drove too casually outside off stump to be caught behind by Jonathan Bairstow.
Patterson, causing further problems for the visitors soon after lunch, had John Maunders caught by Bairstow but Jaik Mickleburgh and skipper Mark Pettini restored some dignity for the visitors before yet another inspired bowling change by Andrew Gale resulted in an immediate breakthrough.
Richard Pyrah’s first ball was a straight one which had Mickleburgh lbw, and the medium-pacer then found extra bounce outside off stump, Foster’s edge bringing Bairstow his third catch.
Essex were 136 for five at tea and, in a moment of petulance, Best, bowling at the pavilion end, hurled the ball back at Bairstow after Pettini's defensive stroke, but it went well wide of the wicketkeeper for four overthrows.
Gale managed to calm the bowler and Best went on to end Pettini’s brave innings of 47 with an express delivery that pinned him lbw.
All real resistance was effectively ended as ten Doeschate drilled Patterson straight to Adam Lyth at midwicket to depart for 35.
Masters and Wright were both smartly stumped by Bairstow off Rashid and the match was ended when the leg-spinner had Chris Martin lbw.