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Yorkshire three wickets away from victory
Yorkshire had their sights set on victory in their last Headingley game of the season after Middlesex suffered a collapse on the final afternoon of the County Championship clash.
Having dismissed Yorkshire for 194, with Gary Ballance missing out on 1,000 championship runs for the season by five when he fell for 90, Middlesex were left chasing an unlikely victory target of 277, only to slip to 149-7 at tea.
Chris Rogers was the mainstay of Middlesex’s second innings, hitting 65 before being given out caught behind off Liam Plunkett. The Australian Test batsman seemed to question umpire Martin Saggers’ decision before walking off.
Yorkshire had resumed on 130-5 but lost their last five wickets for 64 runs in 20 overs, with Ballance – who hit 11 fours during his 113-ball innings – being ninth out when he was caught at long leg off young seamer Tom Helm.
Rogers was always the main threat to Yorkshire’s hopes of victory and was given two reprieves during his innings, firstly edging Ryan Sidebottom behind on 28 off a no-ball and then being dropped by Adam Lyth at second slip on 61 off Plunkett.
But after Plunkett finally ended his innings, Yorkshire claimed two more wickets with Steve Patterson dismissing John Simpson and Gareth Berg in a four-over spell shortly before tea.