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Ryan Sidebottom landmark helps Yorkshire wrap up ten-wicket win
Yorkshire insist they will not become complacent after a convincing County Championship victory over Nottinghamshire earmarked them as clear favourites for the title.
Wrapping up a ten-wicket victory by mid-afternoon on the third day established a 33-point lead at the top of Division One.
Yorkshire now have only four matches remaining to withstand challenges from Middlesex, Sussex, Durham and Warwickshire to win the championship in their 150th anniversary season.
But despite the emphatic margin of victory – they needed only ten runs to finish off Nottinghamshire after the hosts were dismissed for 266 following on – the club are remaining calm and focused on the challenges ahead.
“We’re not going to get complacent and we’ve said in the dressing room that we need to just keep on doing what we’ve been doing,” explained Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket.
“We’ve won nothing yet and over four games a lot can happen, with a lot of points available.”
Resuming the third morning 139 runs ahead with Notts struggling on 118-4, Yorkshire were always favourites to complete a convincing victory.
It was perhaps fitting that Ryan Sidebottom set them on their way on the day he claimed the two wickets required to take him to 597 first-class victims, one more than the career total of his father Arnie.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to go past dad,” he said.
Sidebottom set them on course by having David Hussey caught behind with the fifth ball of the day.
He then claimed the key wicket shortly after lunch by dismissing Chris Read in identical fashion for 58, the Notts captain’s first championship half-century of the season.
While Sidebottom provided the early momentum and claimed the pivotal wicket, it was Adil Rashid who ended the home side’s resistance with three late wickets as Andre Adams’ aggressive style of lower-order batting just avoided an innings defeat.
Adams hit 31 not out off only 21 balls, including a pulled six off Jack Brooks to take host side into the lead, but ran out of partners.
Luke Fletcher’s 41-minute stay ended when he sliced Rashid to backward point and last man Harry Gurney fell in identical fashion to leave Yorkshire a minimal victory target, which they achieved in just five balls.