Cricket: Rashid stars as Yorkshire go top

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Yorkshire went top of the County Championship table after completing a crushing 10 wicket win over second-placed Middlesex at Lord’s today.

Adil Rashid finished with a season’s best 5-78 as Yorkshire wrapped things up just before lunch.

It was Yorkshire’s first win at Lord’s since 1987 and the first time they had made Middlesex follow on since 1968 - a title winning year for Yorkshire.

The home side resumed their second innings on 137-4, still 78 behind, and the fourth wicket pair of Neil Dexter and John Simpson - who had put on 44 the previous evening - had added just six more when Steve Patterson had Simpson caught by Pyrah for 21.

It became 155-6 when Dexter, on 36, was beaten by Ryan Sidebottom’s yorker which uprooted both leg and middle stumps and then Ollie Rayner was trapped in front by Liam Plunkett.

Yorkshire closed in for the kill but an eighth wicket stand of 42 between Gareth Berg, 36, and James Harris, 18, held them up before Harris fell to Patterson and Rashid - who had taken three wickets late on the third day - had Berg taken at short extra cover by Pyrah.

After the last pair ensured Yorkshire would have to bat again it was Rashid who wrapped things up when he pouched a return catch off Corey Collymore and they were all out for 219.

It left Yorkshire - who get 22 points - needing just five to win and after three leg byes, Adam Lyth struck a boundary on the stroke of lunch.