All seams to be going Tykes way

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Fast bowlers Steve Patterson and Mitchell Starc were quick to make their mark on the first day of Yorkshire’s LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Headingley.

Patterson, who received his first team cap before the start of the game, responded by firing out both openers.

Left-arm paceman Starc, on his Championship debut, also picked up two early wickets as the visitors slumped to 45 for five in this Division Two contest after winning the toss.

However, captain Andrew Hall, led a spirited rearguard action with a rugged 79 which boosted his side’s score to 253. In five overs before the close, Yorkshire reached 27 without loss.

Off-spinner Azeem Rafiq, replaced the out-of-form Adil Rashid, for his first Championship outing since last May, and wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy made way for Jonny Bairstow - who had been given permission to play by England.

Patterson shared the new ball with Ryan Sidebottom and in his third over dismissed Stephen Peters, who edged low to Phil Jaques at third slip. Patterson struck again two overs later when he trapped former Yorkshire all-rounder James Middlebrook leg before wicket.