County Championship: Yorkshire force win over stubborn Kent
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence (day four)|
|Yorkshire 210 & 469: Ballance 159, Leaning 69; Claydon 3-83|
|Kent 296 & 211: Bell-Drummond 41, Robinson 35; Coad 6-52|
|Yorkshire (20 pts) beat Kent (5 pts) by 172 runs|
Yorkshire overcame stubborn Kent resistance to complete a 172-run victory on the final day at Canterbury.
Pace bowler Ben Coad claimed 6-52 as the home side were bowled out for 211 with 15.1 overs left in the game.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (41) and Fred Klaassen (13) survived the entire morning session after injury forced Tim Bresnan forced off the field.
And there was further defiance from the lower order before Coad had Mitch Claydon caught to seal Yorkshire's win.
Their second victory in three games put them second in the table, two points behind Somerset, with Kent fifth after their second defeat.
The cricket was attritional in the first session of play, with Bell-Drummond and nightwatchman Klaassen scoring 50 runs from 32 overs.
Klaassen and Heino Kuhn departed in successive overs, both caught at second slip, and Bell-Drummond was lbw to Steven Patterson as Kent reached tea on 169-7.
Ollie Robinson made 35 and Alex Blake (22) and Harry Podmore (29) lasted for more than 100 balls each, but Coad had the final word for match figures of 9-118.
Yorkshire are not involved in the next round of Championship fixtures, starting on Monday, which gives Bresnan more time to recover from his calf injury.
Kent have a home game against reigning county champions Surrey at Beckenham.
Kent head coach Matt Walker:
"I'm very proud of the fight we showed but we knew we needed to show that type of character if we were to get anywhere near the finish line for a draw.
"It was very unlikely we could win, but I still wanted to see some fight and hunger to try and bat the day out and I applaud the lads for their character.
"We know we will have to work bloody hard to win games here in Division One. We can't afford to take our foot off the gas at any stage.
"We've done that a couple of times already this season, at Taunton and again here, and it came back to bite us in the backside."
Yorkshire skipper Steven Patterson:
"The first couple of games went pretty well. We had a little break for the 50-over stuff, but we felt in good form coming back into red-ball cricket, and we seem to have picked up where we left off.
"It was a tough game this week, and we've had to really work hard and earn the right to win. From being 96-6 on the first morning and 126-7, to somehow put ourselves in a position to win by nearly 200 runs is a testament to the lads' work over the four days.
"We toiled very hard for three-and-a-half days and we've got our rewards. After those first couple sessions, we picked it up and I'd say we were on top after that.
"If you're going to win a game like that, you need more than one person to chip in. Gary Ballance's hundred was outstanding and Coady's 6-52. But I'm not quite sure how Tim Bresnan is after limping off there. He's got an issue with his calf."