Gary Ballance and Ben Coad allow Yorkshire to finish in style

Yorkshire 428 (Ballance 194, Brooks 82) and 137 for 3 (Ballance 60) beat Worcestershire 340 (Mitchell 127, Moeen 60, Brooks 6-94) and 221 (Moeen 67, Parnell 58 *, Coad 4-56) for seven wickets

Yorkshire rounded off the 2018 campaign with a seven-wicket success against a Worcestershire attack sold out at the Specsavers County Championship on New Road.

They had secured their Division One status for another season earlier in the match and today reached a modest goal of 134 with more than a day to spare.

He took revenge for a loss of 186 innings and annulments against his opponents in Scarborough last month although the absence of the injured Josh Tongue and Wayne Parnell made the task more direct.

That victory revived Worcestershire's hopes of beating the fall, but a string of five successive defeats has since sealed its fate and meant an instant return to the second level.

This game turned on its head last night when, with Worcestershire looking for a considerable advantage, Gary Ballance and Jack Brooks added 171 for the ninth shutter.

Instead, Yorkshire enjoyed an 88- run advantage of the first chance and never gave up control after that despite some clean shots from Moeen Ali and Parnell.

The end of the campaign of two wins and two draws meant that they would finish fourth at the table.

Yorkshire had extended its first innings by 11 runs since its night of 417 to 9 before Ballance was last for 194. His excellent stroke ended when he went to pull Ed Barnard and Dillon Pennington kept a low catch on the thin leg .

When Worcestershire launched its response Brooks represented Daryl Mitchell with an extra bouncing ball that put goalkeeper Jonathan Tattersall in glove. His starting partner, Tom Fell, took off with Adam Lyth on Ben Coad's second break.

Joe Clarke made 16 before being knocked down by Yorkshire captain Steven Patterson in an inning in Worcestershire before joining Nottinghamshire on a four-year contract.

Moeen then dominated a window position in fourth place at 59 with Alex Milton before the tickets imploded at the start of the afternoon session. After being dropped from the first ball after the restart, Moen was caught and taken down by Patterson in the third installment of the same auction. Coad then hit twice on three balls when Milton was trapped behind and Ed Barnard attempted a short shot and caught Jack Leaning on the third slip.

He enjoyed another success when Ben Twohig threw a simple trap into the half-off and then Ben Cox went down the hole to Patterson and was knocked down.

Parnell was released and added 40 with Tongue before the latter was caught in the first Bresnan landslide. The South African leg looked at Bresnan for his ninth four to reach his half century before Dillon Pennington was knocked down by Bresnan to finish the innings.

Barnard and Pennington, the only two front cricketers in Worcestershire who fit well enough to bowl, both enjoyed early success in eliminating Jeet Raval and Lyth, respectively.

Ballance and Leaning shared a partnership of 77 in 19 overs to take Yorkshire to the brink of victory. Twohig made Ballance stuck in the middle before Leaning hit Barnard's victories.


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