Yorkshire ease to crucial win
Yorkshire took less than an hour on the final morning to complete an LV=County Championship double over Worcestershire with a six-wicket victory at Scarborough.
Joe Root finished unbeaten on 52 as the hosts secured a valuable win that sees them move above Worcestershire and out of the Division One relegation zone.
Some of the gloss was taken off their win, however, with the news they had been docked two of the 23 points they took from the match because of a slow over rate.
Yorkshire resumed this morning on 80 for three, requiring a further 54 runs to secure only their second triumph of the season.
Jonathan Bairstow, who had 12 to his name overnight, wasted little time in taking the attack to Worcestershire, cover-driving Alan Richardson for four and picking up boundaries either side of the wicket off Saeed Ajmal.
The 50 stand duly arrived off 18 overs and Root then forced Jack Shantry through point for four before seeing his partner depart for 33.
After being drawn forward by Ajmal, Bairstow was smartly stumped by Ben Scott, but by this stage the result was a formality.
Root, who had started the day on 31, brought up his fourth half-century of the season from 140 balls and new batsman Gary Ballance swiftly finished things off with a couple of fours.
With six games remaining, Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon is now hoping his side can push on towards the top three.
“We have got to set our stall out to do this and it is not an unrealistic hope because many sides are relatively close to each other on points,” he said.
“The return of Jacques Rudolph should also give us a boost and make us into a better team.”
Rudolph is still awaiting his work permit, but the club expect him to be available for the Roses match against Lancashire, which starts at Headingley Carnegie next Wednesday.
Although Moxon was delighted that Yorkshire had come out on top today, he admitted he was concerned about their slow over rate and the deduction of two points.
“We have been flirting with the possibility of losing points for some time and the issue needs to be dealt with,” he admitted.
“Losing two points is like tossing away 250 runs or six wickets and it has to be stopped.”