County Championship: Sidebottom inspires Yorkshire victory

Ryan Sidebottom
Sidebottom has taken 686 first-class wickets in a career spanning 18 years
LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Yorkshire 213 & 289-7 dec: Rhodes 79, Finch 73 not out; Hannon-Dalby 3-80
Warwickshire 69 & 259: Hain 106; Sidebottom 5-42
Yorkshire win by 174 runs
Yorkshire 20 pts, Warwickshire 3 pts
Match scorecard

Yorkshire completed an emphatic 174-run win over Warwickshire to register their sixth Championship win of the season.

Ryan Sidebottom (5-42) took 11 wickets in the match, with Warwickshire all out for 259 in the second innings.

A counter-attacking 106 from Sam Hain offered some resistance but it was not enough to keep the leaders at bay.

Yorkshire, who have four players away with England, hold a 24-point lead over second-placed Middlesex in Division One with a game in hand.

Resuming on 43-1, Warwickshire made slow progress before Jonathan Trott (29) was bowled around his legs by Sidebottom.

The veteran left-armer took another wicket two balls later as Laurie Evans was lbw for a duck.

Evergreen Sidebottom
Ryan Sidebottom's match figures of 11-76 were the second best of his career.
The 37-year-old left-armer has taken 21 wickets in four Championship appearances for Yorkshire this season.

Despite some sloppy fielding, with Ian Westwood (40) dropped twice in two overs, Sidebottom eventually struck to remove him lbw.

Wicketkeeper Peter McKay, who dislocated his finger on day two, was caught by Aaron Finch to leave the home side 123-5.

A superb catch from Jack Leaning, who held on to a full-blooded drive from Rikki Clarke (18), broke a 47-run partnership between Clarke and Hain.

Hain's resistance held Yorkshire up after tea but he quickly ran out of partners once Oliver Hannon-Dalby was bowled by Sidebottom.

The 19-year-old made a composed century from 194 balls, with 17 boundaries and one six, before he became the last batsman to fall, lbw to Tim Bresnan (1-43).

Yorkshire face bottom side Worcestershire next, in a match starting on 17 July.

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie said:

"It was an exceptional performance from Ryan Sidebottom.

"He is a fantastic professional and a guy that all the other players in the dressing-room look up to. What more can you ask of a senior pro?

"We are in a decent position in the table, but there are plenty of games left and a lot of very good teams in the competition so we won't be getting the crystal ball out and looking into the future.

"We will just enjoy this hard-fought victory and celebrate it and then dust ourselves down and try to keep up the pressure in the next game."

Warwickshire batsman Sam Hain said:

"Yorkshire bowled and batted better than us, so you just have to say well played to them. Ryan Sidebottom was fantastic. He is a very very skilful bowler.

"If we had only been six or seven wickets down at tea then it might have got interesting, but eight down made it difficult.

"It has been a disappointing few days, so it's up to us to put things right when we go up to Durham next week."

Yorkshire celebrate
Yorkshire celebrate after completing their sixth win of the season