Duo lead way in Tykes triumph

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CENTURIES from Phil Jaques and Gary Ballance saw Yorkshire to a four-wicket LV= County Championship win over Gloucestershire at Bristol, having been set 400 for victory.

Jaques hit 160 and Ballance 121 not out as the visitors achieved the second highest successful run-chase in their history.

The outcome was rarely in doubt after Yorkshire began the day on 30 for one.

Adam Lyth (36) and Tim Bresnan (38) made valuable contributions, but it was the fourth-wicket stand of 203 between Jaques and Ballance which broke Gloucestershire hearts.

The home side had appeared well in the game when taking two wickets during the morning session. Ian Saxelby pinned Lyth lbw, while Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale threw the bat unnecessarily to be caught off Young for 21.

It was 148 for three at lunch with Jaques on 73 and Ballance on nine. They batted with increasing assurance throughout the afternoon session, adding 121 runs with few alarms.

Jaques reached his century with the total on 201 in the 61st over.