Cricket: Yorkshire extend lead at top

PICTURE BY ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM - Cricket - LV County Championship Division 1 - Nottinghamshire vs Yorkshire - Day 3 - Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England - 23/08/13 - Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom celebrates the wicket of Notts' David Hussey.

PICTURE BY ALEX WHITEHEAD/SWPIX.COM - Cricket - LV County Championship Division 1 - Nottinghamshire vs Yorkshire - Day 3 - Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England - 23/08/13 - Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom celebrates the wicket of Notts' David Hussey.

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Yorkshire took a giant stride in their bid for the County Championship title after pulling off a tremendous win in just two and a half days against Notts at Trent Bridge.

The 10 wicket victory means they now lead both Sussex and Middlesex by 33 points, all on 12 games. Durham, on 10 games, have 132.5 points and have two days left of their game with Surrey.

With heavy rain forecast for today, Yorkshire knew that, having made Notts follow-on 257 behind, they needed to finish the job on the third day and they got a great boost in the first over of the day when David Hussey edged behind, giving Ryan Sidebottom his 596th first-class wicket and seeing him match the career total of his father Arnie.

It put Notts on 120-5 but it was Chris Read, the Notts skipper and often a scourge for Yorkshire previously, who provided the main resistance.

The one-time England wicketkeeper has endured a miserable season with the bat but secured his his first championship 50 of the summer and he added 47 with Riki Wessels for the sixth wicket.

Wessels fell to Jack Brooks for 22, having been dropped by Kane Williamson off Sidebottom when on 12. Williamson made amends by catching Ajmal Shahzad at midwicket as the former Yorkshire player miscued a long hop from Adil Rashid’s leg spin.

Read’s departure for 58 enabled Sidebottom to overtake his dad’s tally. It left Notts on 218-8 and Yorkshire closing in for the kill but not before a merry stand of 34 in five overs between Luke Fletcher and Andre Adams.

Rashid polished things off at 266 to finish with 3-22 with Sidebottom 3-38 off 17 overs and, needing ten to win, Adam Lyth rattled off three fours.

n Derbyshire did Yorkshire a favour with a 56 run win over Middlesex who, 25-2 overnight, were 240 all out.

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