Yorks on top in battle for second

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Yorkshire spent the second day of the County Championship clash with Middlesex knowing that it was all about second place as Durham closed in on the win that guarantees them the title.

After the curtailed opening day at Headingley, Yorkshire finished on top after the second day against Middlesex who are challenging them in the table for second place

Resuming on 109-3, Yorkshire were all out for 210 with Kane Williamson finishing with 52 but the poor form of Jonny Bairstow continued. He made only five whilst Gary Ballance, in outstanding form not so long ago, made just 12.

With Aussie Test opener Chris Rogers falling for just eight to Steve Patterson, Yorkshire were soon making inroads and they dismissed the visitors for 128, Ryan Sidebottom taking 4-27 with three wickets each for Patterson and Jack Brooks.

Meanwhile, Durham, - 202-8 overnight - were dismissed for 256 (Paul Collingwood 88no) and then dismissed Notts for 246 which left Durham to make 72 to win the match and clinch the title. They resume today on 7-0.

Tickets are still available for the special Evening with Geoff Boycott, organised by Wombwell Cricket Lovers’ Society at Ardsley House Hotel, Barnsley on Thursday, October 10. It is open to anyone and those wishing to go should contact Ron Firth on 01302 707210.