McGrath shines as Tykes hit form

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Anthony McGrath, only in the side because of the abrupt parting of the ways with Ajmal Shahzad, played a major role in putting Yorkshire into a winning position on the second day of their LV= County Championship match against Leicestershire at Scarborough.

The 36-year-old all-rounder scored a valuable 90 as Yorkshire reached 447 and he then involved himself in the destruction of the visitors for 116 with four wickets for 21 runs.

Following on 331 runs in arrears with two overs remaining, Leicestershire lost Greg Smith lbw to Steve Patterson for three off the final ball of the day. Yorkshire were already well placed when they began another bitterly cold day on 329 for five with Jonny Bairstow on 141 and McGrath on 49. Bairstow eventually fell for a superb 182, while Ryan Sidebottom chipped in with a quickfire 20 to give the Tykes a strong first innings score.

Leicestershire were reduced to 12 for three and never recovered as all four Yorkshire bowlers picked up at least one wicket for their efforts.

Patterson’s breakthrough at the close was the perfect end to the day.