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Steven Patterson claimed career-best match figures of 8-94 as Yorkshire overcame strong resistance from Leicestershire opener Matt Boyce to register their first victory of the season by an innings and 22 runs on the final day of the LV=County Championship match at Scarborough.

Boyce's century came off 250 balls and was the slowest of the campaign in terms of deliveries received, holding up Yorkshire until 3.45pm before they could claim the 23 points which lifted them up the Division Two table.

Yorkshire must have envisaged few problems ahead when the visitors resumed their second innings on 102 for three, still 229 runs in arrears, but Boyce and Josh Cobb continued to exhibit the same sort of fighting qualities that they had displayed the previous day.

They soon built steadily on their overnight stand of 88 for the fourth wicket and were rarely troubled by opening bowlers Anthony McGrath and Adil Rashid.

Steven Patterson

Yorkshire claimed their first LV= County Championship Division Two win of the season after Steven Patterson's second-innings 5-77

Both batsmen completed rugged half-centuries as the stand moved into three figures in 40 overs of careful application and it was 63 minutes into the session before Patterson, having replaced Rashid, dismissed Cobb lbw for 69 from 152 deliveries with 11 fours.

Yorkshire's spirits rose further three overs later when Tim Bresnan bowled Ned Eckersley round his legs to make it 149 for five.

However, another morale-boosting stand for Leicestershire developed between Boyce and Wayne White, who played Patterson off his toes to the square leg boundary before striking him through the covers for four.

Boyce was 82 not out at lunch and for a while after the interval Yorkshire employed an all-spin attack in Rashid and Joe Root until the new ball became available, White driving Root high and hard for six.

The return of the pacemen did not cause any undue concern, apart from Boyce surviving a confident shout for lbw from Sidebottom, and other landmarks quickly came and went.

White's fifty was recorded off 76 balls with eight fours and a six and Boyce moved to his fourth first-class hundred, the leg-glance off Sidebottom also making it a century partnership.

Yorkshire were being put under increasing pressure as the possibility of Leicestershire going into the black took hold and Boyce recorded his career-best score once he had gone beyond the 119 he made against Gloucestershire last summer.

It needed the return of McGrath to break the stand after 133 had been added in 33 overs, White driving back to the bowler after making 67, and suddenly the floodgates were open.

In the next over, Sidebottom found himself on a hat-trick as the tenacious Boyce was yorked for 122 after striking 15 fours in his 269-ball innings and Robbie Joseph fell lbw. Nadeem Malik came in and the first delivery he faced missed off stump by a whisker.

Malik hung around for a while before Rashid had him lbw and the game ended when Claude Henderson was caught in the slips to give Patterson 5-77 as Leicestershire were dismissed for 309.

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