Steven Patterson, England
Steven Patterson claimed a 6-for in his comeback match

Medium pacer Steven Patterson, making a comeback for Yorkshire, registered career-best figures of 6 for 40 as his side beat Essex by 91 runs in the County Championship Division 1.

Patterson wreaked havoc in the Essex top-order, claiming the wickets of Alastair Cook, Nick Browne, Tom Westley, Dan Lawrence and Ravi Bopara. He later picked the wicket of Jamie Porter. Chasing 238 at Chelmsford, Essex were bowled out for 146.

Earlier, Peter Siddle and Samuel Cook shared 4 and 5 wickets respectively to clean up Yorkshire for 50 in the first innings. Joe Root was dismissed for 0. Skipper Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow managed 22 and 7 respectively.

Joe Root, Alastair Cook fall for ducks in Essex vs Yorkshire County Championship tie
Joe Root, Alastair Cook fall for ducks in Essex vs Yorkshire County Championship tie

Yorkshire’s international recruit Cheteshwar Pujara was out for 9. Essex were bowled out for 142 and in reply Yorkshire put up in the second innings courtesy 124 from teenager Harry Brook. Bairstow opened the innings and got a 50. Pujara and Root scored 41 and 35 respectively.

Yorkshire earned 19 points from the game, whereas Essex got 3. Yorkshire are in the third spot in the Division One points table.

Yorkshire’s 50 is the sixth lowest first innings score registered by a winning team in County Championship. Gloucestershire had scored 31 against Middlesex at Bristol in 1924 to win a game. Yorkshire, however, held the record before that. In 1922, they were shot out for 42 by Sussex at Hove and yet the former pulled off a win. Yorkshire’s 42 remains in the second place and they have a new entry at the fifth spot after Derbyshire’s 44 against Gloucestershire in 2010, Nottinghamshire’s 47 against Kent in 1894 and Lancashire’s 49 against Glamorgan in 1924.

Brief scores

Yorkshire 50 all out (Samuel Cook 5 for 28, Peter Siddle 4 for 7) & 329 all out (Jonny Bairstow 50, Harry Brook 124, Cheteshwar Pujara 41, Joe Root 35; Jamie Porter 3 for 89, Peter Siddle 4 for 65) beat Essex 142 all out (Dan Lawrence 48, Simon Harmer 36; Ben Coad 3 for 27, Jack Brooks 3 for 63, Tim Bresnan 3 for 26) & 146 all out (Ben Coad 3 for 36, Steven Patterson 6 for 40) by 91 runs.