Gloucestershire 190 (Bracey 71, Fisher 4-45) & 204 for six (Taylor 67*, Worth 54*) and 233 (O Worth 68, Taylor 67) beat Yorkshire 183 (Kohler-Cadmore 46, Lyth 44, Gohar 5-40) and 222 (Bess 79*, Payne 4-51, Gohar 4-69) beat by 18 runs
The vast majority of Yorkshire members who assembled within the Lengthy Room earlier than begin of play at Headingley have been of equivalent thoughts on the 2 nice problems with the day: the Strauss Assessment needs to be consigned to the waste bin and Yorkshire had no probability of beating Gloucestershire to safe their place in Division One subsequent season.
They’d be much less enamoured with the truth that their pessimism about Yorkshire additionally proved properly based. Crushed by Gloucestershire by 18 runs after being dismissed late on the third day for 222, they’ve completed the season with six defeats in eight and might be relegated if Warwickshire, presently second backside, trend an unlikely victory in opposition to Hampshire at Edgbaston on the ultimate day, so ending above Yorkshire by advantage of extra video games gained.
Gloucestershire will nonetheless end backside, however they are going to discover comfort over the winter that they’ve completed the season with back-to-back wins in opposition to the 2 counties who nonetheless concern they could be relegated alongside them.
It was a troublesome, however removed from unimaginable Yorkshire chase, 241 on a sluggish floor permitting a level of flip and seam, however Gloucestershire took a stranglehold from the second Adam Lyth was sixth out at 119, deflecting to first slip off the shoulder of the bat after Pakistan left-arm spinner Gohar reared a supply out of the tough. Gohar’s 4 for 69 gave him figures of 9 for 109 within the match.
Lyth’s 49 was his second accountable innings of the match, and he watched most of his batting companions depart with the elimination of his helmet and a crestfallen sweep of his hand over essentially the most recognisable shiny pate within the recreation.
Yorkshire would have been fairly content material on the manner they polished off Gloucestershire’s final 4 wickets. They introduced an additional 29 runs, together with Ollie Worth, whose 68 ended when he chopped on in opposition to George Hill. Hill has been one in all Yorkshire’s vibrant spots this season, arguably their Championship participant of the yr if you’re minded to miss Harry Brook’s wonderful summer season earlier than England got here a-calling. As for Patterson, an lbw determination in opposition to Gohar gave him his 489th, and probably remaining, first-class wicket.
Yorkshire misplaced James Wharton to the fourth ball of the innings to a sq. drive off one knee in opposition to Tom Worth’s inswinger, which he deflected onto his stumps. Lyth stored his helmet on for that one, and simply rescratched his crease mournfully. Additional injury in opposition to the brand new ball was averted and Yorkshire regarded properly set at 69 for 1, at which level Ajeet Singh Dale’s inswinger beat Hill’s drive.
Lyth’s helmet elimination was accompanied by a Paddington stare. The group’s stony silence was significant sufficient, however anyone supplied an opinion and Koher-Cadmore was provoked right into a response. In contrast to Patterson, his Yorkshire profession had ended badly and in the future he may even perceive why.
Payne added to Yorkshire’s plight, bowling each Jonny Tattersall and Harry Duke, the latter falling to an under-edge as he tried a leave-alone. Jordan Thompson, who has allrounder standing, made his first double-figure rating in 12 innings, a run stretching again to mid-June earlier than he turned Gohar to leg slip. The time had come for Bess to hold the combat and he did so in wonderful trend. However the Yorkshire dream by no means materialised and all eyes might be on Edgbaston on Thursday.
David Hopps writes on county cricket for ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps