County Championship: Yorkshire and Essex draw after rain-disrupted fixture

Heavy shower at tea on the final day at Headingley saw the game end early
A heavy shower at tea brought the game at Headingley to an early conclusion
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Emerald Headingley (day four)
Yorkshire 390 & 107-1: Lyth 56*, Ballance 51*
Essex 309: Westley 77, Siddle 60; Bess 3-45
Yorkshire (11 pts) drew with Essex (9 pts)
Scorecard

Yorkshire against Essex finished in a predictable rain-affected draw.

Adam Lyth (56 not out) and Gary Ballance (51 not out) steered Yorkshire's second innings to 107-1 before rain forced an early tea.

Earlier Essex were finally bowled out 309 in their first innings after Peter Siddle (60) and Sam Cook (37 not out) added 86 for the last wicket.

Leading by 81, opener Will Fraine fell early for a duck before Lyth and Ballance added an unbroken 106.

Lyth passed 50 for the second time in the game to go alongside his first-innings 95 while Ballance returned to form after he was run out for just 14 in their 390.

Having helped save the follow-on the previous evening, Siddle and Cook plundered more lower-order runs for Essex on the final morning until Steve Patterson eventually trapped the Australia seamer leg before.

Yorkshire remain unbeaten this season in third with two wins and three draws while Essex are six points behind them in fourth.

The White Rose now travel to Guildford to play Surrey on Monday, while Essex take a break before resuming their campaign at home to Hampshire on Sunday week (16 June).

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale:

"There were lots of positives, but frustration as well. Over the last two weeks, we've played some really good cricket and competing with the good teams in this division. Hampshire, last week, and Essex are good teams.

"We had to make them follow-on to get a result. We missed an opportunity there dropping Peter Siddle on nought. But these things happen.

"I'm not getting too carried away. On the whole, we've played some really good cricket and deserved to be on the right side of the result."

Essex bowler Sam Cook:

"It was nice to spend some time in the middle. Peter Siddle batted unbelievably well as well. Coming into our partnership, it was the crunch point.

"It could have gone either way having lost a few wickets for not many runs. It was nice to be able to swing the momentum back our way. I'm happy with my PB (37).

"Championship cricket can swing around very quickly. If we'd come out in the first 10 overs of their second innings this morning and got three, four or five quick wickets, the game suddenly swings back to us."