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Yorkshire set to clinch runners-up spot
Ryan Sidebottom spearheaded a Yorkshire fightback as they claimed pole position for second place in Division One.
The Tykes recovered from being dismissed for 210 to bowl Middlesex, their nearest challengers for the £235,000 runners-up prize-money, out for 128, with Sidebottom claiming 4-27.
The second morning began badly with Yorkshire losing five wickets for 88 runs in the morning session and only Kane Williamson, their New Zealand overseas player, mastering the swing-friendly conditions after spending four hours at the crease to score his 52.
Middlesex fared little better than Yorkshire in their reply, with Steve Patterson claiming their first three wickets in an outstanding new ball spell before Sidebottom took over to accelerate their collapse after they lost seven wickets for 42 runs in only 13.5 overs.
Their collapse marked a particular landmark for Jonny Bairstow, who claimed six catches in the innings as wicketkeeper, only one short of the Yorkshire record held by his late father David, who claimed seven against Derbyshire at Scarborough in 1982, and earned Yorkshire an 82-run first innings lead, extended by four by the close.