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Collapse is last thing title-chasing Yorkshire wanted
Yorkshire all but slipped out of the LV= County Championship Division One title race after suffering a collapse on the second morning of their match against Middlesex at Headingley.
Resuming on 109-3, they lost five wickets for 88 runs to reach 197-8 at lunch, having already learned that Durham only need to beat Nottinghamshire to win the championship.
Their disappointing morning began with Jonny Bairstow falling in the sixth over of the day when he edged Tim Murtagh to first slip before Yorkshire lost three wickets in ten overs, with Gary Ballance edging Gareth Berg behind.
Young 19-year-old seamer Tom Helm, who is making his first-class debut, then followed up with two wickets, surprising Adil Rashid with extra pace and bounce with the first ball of his spell and forcing him into edging behind, and then Kane Williamson’s four-and-a-half hours at the crease was ended when he drove loosely and edged behind for 52.
Yorkshire’s poor morning was completed with Liam Plunkett edging Berg to second slip, leaving them struggling to reach their first batting bonus point.
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