Yorkshire Second XI completed a late Championship win against Leicestershire at Market Harborough CC despite good performances from James Sykes and Tom Wells.
The visitors resumed day three on 358-3 from 109 overs and were looking for quick runs so they could give themselves time at having a go at bowling Leicestershire out.
They progressed to 480 all out from 140.3 overs with Will Rhodes making 126, his hundred coming from 165 balls (15x4). He was ably supported by Jack Leaning, who made an accomplished 78.
County picked up wickets steadily through the morning with Sykes picking up 4-41 from nine overs today. Sykes bowled a marathon 40 overs in the innings returning figures of 40-8-131-4. Rob Taylor (20-3-78-2) picked up two wickets today and Ben Raine weighed in with 1-20 off 7.3 overs.
Yorkshire were finally all out for 480 off of 140.3 overs at 1.57pm. This left County 144 in arrears and having to face a minimum of 62 overs. Although Wells stood firm, the visiting attack managed to pick up regular wickets.
The innings got off to a disastrous start with openers Michael Thornely (0) and Harry Bush (0) back in the hutch after 2.1 overs. Josh Cobb and Ben Raine then occupied the crease against the new ball.
However Raine (4) was run out by a direct hit from Dan Hodgson when going for a quick single and Cobb (6) followed after facing 38 balls. The score was now 32-4.
Tom Wells and Sunny Patel took the score onto 69 before Patel was run out by the alert Leaning. This left County on 69-5 with a minimum of 38 overs remaining. Wells, meanwhile, blocked par excellence and also found the ropes on occasions.
Steve Bullen (4, 29b) supported Wells with a notable rearguard action until he gave spinner Karl Carver a return catch. Angus Robson (0) batted at number 8 through illness but went caught in the slips by Rhodes off spinner Gurman Randhawa having held out for 23 balls.
With the final hour approaching Anthony Ireland joined Wells and the pair ate up a further ten overs until Wells' innings finally came to an end when he was trapped lbw by Leaning. Wells made a very patient and responsible 52, his 50 including seven fours and coming from 127 balls. He faced 148 deliveries in total.
Ireland (8) followed soon after but had occupied the crease for 52 balls. Last pair Sykes and Alex Wyatt were faced with a possible 22 minutes batting to salvage a draw but Wyatt was leg-before to Randhawa with 14 minutes play remaining as Yorkshire had rattled through their 16 overs within the last hour. Sykes was left on 2*.
Yorkshire bowling figures were: Coad 5-2-4-1, Shaw 7-1-15-1, Gibson (R) 8-2-23-1, Fisher 5-0-21-0, Randhawa 21.4-12-20-3, Carver 10-8-5-1, Leaning 6-4-2-1. Yorkshire won by an innings and 39 runs and took 24 points to Leicestershire's 5 points.
We have enjoyed three days splendid hospitality from the volunteers of Market Harborough CC, and special thanks must go to Jan and Christine for their excellent catering skills, along with their 'nothing was too much trouble attitude', and Colin for all his hard work behind the scenes.