'No complacency' vow as Yorkshire move 33 points clear in County Championship title race (From Gazette & Herald)
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'No complacency' vow as Yorkshire move 33 points clear in County Championship title race
Yorkshire have insisted they will not become complacent in the remaining four games after another convincing victory over Nottinghamshire earmarked them as title favourites.
Having wrapped up a ten-wicket triumph by mid-afternoon on the third day – establishing a 33-point lead at the top of LV= County Championship division one, Yorkshire have only four matches left to withstand challenges from Middlesex, Sussex, Durham and Warwickshire to take the crown in their 150th anniversary season.
They needed only ten runs to secure the win once Notts were dismissed for 266 after following on.
“We’re not going to get complacent. 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.
“I think we’ve shown we’re capable of winning the thing, but we have to close it out. We’re trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves.
“We know we have some tough games and we have the top teams to play yet.”
Resuming the third morning 139 runs ahead with Notts struggling on 118-4, Yorkshire were always favourites to wrap up 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.
Sidebottom had David Hussey caught behind with the fifth ball of the day and then claimed the key wicket shortly after lunch by dismissing Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read in identical fashion for 58.
“It’s an honour and a privilege really to go past Dad,” admitted Sidebottom, now 35. “He’s had such a fantastic career himself and to follow in his footsteps was something I’ve always wanted to do, so to go past him, I’m delighted.
While Sidebottom provided the early momentum and claimed the key wicket, it was Adil Rashid that ended Notts’ resistance with three late wickets as Andre Adams’ aggressive style of lower order batting just avoided an innings defeat.
Adams hit 31 off only 21 balls, including a pulled six off Jack Brooks to take Nottinghamshire into the lead, but ran out of partners with Luke Fletcher’s 41-minute stay ending when he sliced Rashid to backward point.
Last man Harry Gurney fell in the same way to leave Yorkshire a ten-run target, which they achieved in just five balls.
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