By Steve Adamson
Yorkshire suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of County Championship leaders Essex at North Marine Road, Scarborough. The scheduled 4-day game was over in less than two days as a crowd in excess of 6,000 saw 18 wickets fall on day one on 6 August. Batting first, Yorkshire (who had Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance away on England duty), crashed to 74-9 before lunch, and only a last wicket stand of 39 between Adam Lyth and Ryan Sidebottom took them past 100. Essex fast bowler Mohammad Amir did most of the damage, with a five wicket haul in each innings.
More than 5,000 saw day two, but again Yorkshire's batting was woeful, and Essex were left with a target of just 33 runs in their second innings, as they wrapped up a convincing 8 wicket win to extend their lead at the top of the Championship table, while Yorkshire were 5th in the table, and dangerously close to the relegation places in the eight team first division.
YORKSHIRE113 (35.2 overs)
Adam Kyth 68, Adil Rashid 12,
Mohammad Amir 5-18, Jamie Porter 3-44
and 150 (49.4 overs)
Jack Leaning 70, Ben Coad 28,
Mohammad Amir 5-54, Jamie Porter 4-41,
ESSEX 231 (69 overs)
Ryan ten Doeschate 88, Adam Wheater 34,
Ben Coad 3-36, Jack Brooks 3-89
and 34-2 (10 overs)
Varun Chopra 13, Nick Browne 13