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Champions Yorkshire beat Surrey to go top

Yorkshire celebrate victory

Specsavers County Championship Division One, Headingley
Yorkshire v Surrey
Surrey 330 & 207: Sangakkara 61, Davies 52; Patterson 3-15, Brooks 3-65
Yorkshire 557-6 dec: Root 213, Bairstow 198, Rampaul 4-153
Yorkshire won by an innings and 20 runs
Yorkshire 24 pts, Surrey 5 pts
Match scorecard

Yorkshire go top of the Championship as they beat Surrey by an innings and 20 runs for their first win of the season.

After Yorkshire declared on 557-6, Surrey had reached 70-2 at lunch.

Joe Root (2-23) removed Kumar Sangakkara (61) and Steven Davies (52) to trigger a Surrey collapse.

A fiery spell from Steven Patterson (3-15) after tea saw Tom Curran, Gareth Batty and Ben Foakes dismissed, before Liam Plunkett trapped Matt Dunn lbw as Surrey were bowled out for 207.

Early-morning rain meant Yorkshire had 84 overs to claim the 10 wickets needed to win and their task was made more challenging after England bowler David Willey was told not to bowl for six weeks because of an abdominal injury,

Despite being a bowler light, the hosts quickly had Surrey openers Rory Burns and Arun Harinath back in the pavilion as Jack Brooks (3-65) and Liam Plunkett struck with the new ball.

England batsman Root’s part-time spin proved influential in the afternoon session, as he had Sangakkara caught at cover to break the Sri Lankan and Davies’ century third-wicket stand.

Brooks returned and Jason Roy immediately clipped him mid-wicket before Root claimed a second crucial wicket in three overs with Davies falling lbw to raise Yorkshire’s hope of victory.

Despite losing a further four overs to rain after tea, the White Rose county were not to be denied as Patterson caused havoc bowling Tom Curran and Ben Foakes in between having Gareth Batty caught behind.

It left Ravi Rampaul and Dunn needing to survive a further 10.1 overs, but Plunkett’s second wicket of the innings ensured the champions moved top of Division One, one point ahead of their rivals Lancashire.

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