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Yorkshire moved six points clear at the top of the LV= County Championship after a nine-wicket win over Sussex at Scarborough.

A battling century from Sussex’s Luke Wright ensured an extended battle but Yorkshire had little problem in knocking off the runs.

Wright’s 113 guided the visitors to 230 which left Yorkshire needed 106 off 39 overs and they completed the task with 18.5 overs in hand.

The target was not large enough to pose any undue problems for Adam Lyth and Alex Lees as they set about their task and with Lees leading the way the openers had 50 up by the 12th over.

Lyth hoisted James Tredwell for a straight six, surprisingly only the second of the match, before both batsmen cleared the rope again against the off-spinner.

But in attempting one big hit too many, Lees smeared Matthew Hobden to Lewis Hatchett with the total on 88 and departed for 46 from 50 balls with four fours and a six.

Kane Williamson made sure the momentum was maintained with three consecutive boundaries off Hobden and at the close Lyth had made 39 and Williamson 15.

The victory edged Yorkshire a point further clear of second place Nottinghamshire.

Bowler Tim Bresnan said: “This was as good a win as they come.

“It was always going to be a difficult game to get a result from and I thought we played the situation well and everything went according to plan.

“Sussex had a 100-plus stand, which was always going to happen at some stage, but we went ‘bang bang’ either side of lunch and got on top.

“We realised we had to win this game to stay top and we have managed it.

“With the sort of cricket we are playing at the moment I would back us to beat anyone.

“When we can score over 400 in the first innings that is often the key and if we can do that at Old Trafford in our next game we will have a great chance.”

Yorkshire visit Lancashire in their next County Championship tie, starting Sunday.