Yorkshire skipper relieved after thriller

03 May 2021 20:05:51 GMTPlus10

Yorkshire captain Steven Patterson hailed his side's team spirit after a dramatic one-run win over Northamptonshire in the County Championship.

Chasing a fourth-innings target of 220, Northants lost their ninth wicket with the score at 206 but South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell and number 11 Ben Sanderson got them to within two runs of victory.

We're delighted to win because we haven't played anywhere near the cricket we're capable of.

Steven Patterson

However, experienced seamer Patterson had Parnell caught behind by Jonny Tattersall for 33 to seal only the second one-run win in Yorkshire's first-class history.

Patterson's timely strike means the White Rose have won three of their first four Championship matches this season and they are six points behind in-form rivals Lancashire in Group Three.

Yorkshire's top-order batsmen struggled against Northants, slipping to 80-5 in the first innings and 86-6 second time around. However, England all-rounder Dom Bess (56 and 32) contributed important runs in both innings while Jordan Thompson (37) and David Willey (41 not out) got them out of trouble in the second innings.

Northamptonshire's Parnell was unfortunate to end up on the losing side after taking 10 wickets in the match and Patterson admitted after the game: "It was certainly a roller-coaster. We're delighted to win because we haven't played anywhere near the cricket we're capable of.

"But what it has shown, the same as last week and the week before, is our team spirit and attitude. The way we keep fighting our way back into games is a testament to the desire in that dressing room. We never give in."

Yorkshire are 6/1 to win the County Championship, while Lancashire are available at 4/1.

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