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Yorkshire reclaim top spot

Yorkshire returned to the top of the LV= County Championship First Division table when they completed a comprehensive 220-run victory over Middlesex at Scarborough by bowling them out for 201.

Adil Rashid took four wickets for 27 runs in Yorkshire's win
Adil Rashid produced a season's best figures of 4 for 27 in Yorkshire's table-topping win over Middlesex Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The win put them five points ahead of second-placed Nottinghamshire and 16 points in front of Somerset, and each of the leading three sides have four matches still to play. For a long while it looked as if Middlesex may well hold out but it was leg-spinner Adil Rashid who did much of the late damage with his season's best figures of four for 27.

Yorkshire did not announce a declaration at their overnight 400 for five until arriving at North Marine Road on the final morning and this left Middlesex either to make 422 for victory or to bat out day for the draw.

In sunny but less humid conditions it soon became apparent that Ryan Sidebottom could not swing the ball as much as in the first innings when he captured seven for 44, the second best figures of his career, but he would still have made the first breakthrough if wicket-keeper, Jonny Bairstow, flinging himself to his right, could have on to a sharp chance offered by Chris Rogers.

Jack Brooks had looked the more dangerous of the two and he was rewarded in the next over when Nick Gubbins was caught by the acrobatic Adam Lyth at second slip, the umpires conferring to determine if the ball had carried.

Rogers, as was to be expected, was in determined mood, and he and Dawid Malan added 52 before the latter slashed at Tim Bresnan and was held by a juggling Alex Lees at first slip for 26 from 44 balls with four boundaries.

Eoin Morgan exhibited little of his natural flair as he concentrated hard on keeping his captain company and, with Middlesex going in to lunch on 89 for two, the morning's honours had been equally divided.

It was a fine spell of bowling from Steven Patterson that raised Yorkshire's hopes early in the afternoon session and only three runs had been added when the paceman grabbed two wickets in two balls.

His first was the prize scalp of Rogers who got a leading edge to second slip and a jubilant Lyth raised his arm high above his head upon completing the catch.

In came Paul Stirling only to depart immediately, trapped lbw, John Simpson squirting the hat-trick delivery down to third man for three.

When Patterson's excellent spell of 7-3-14-2 ended, Rashid came on for the first time and Simpson, on 28, played him to short leg where Jack Leaning narrowly failed to pull off a reflex catch.

Survival, if not before, was now the name of the game for Middlesex, and Simpson, for the second time in the match, was a key figure in reviving the innings, along with Morgan, whose scoring shots almost came to a standstill.

The fifth-wicket pair were still together at tea when the total had limped on to 155 for four, Morgan having scratched out 14 from the afternoon session without once finding the boundary.

Simpson's 50 shortly after the break arrived from 80 balls with five fours and the troublesome stand was worth 71 in 30 overs when Morgan's vigil ended. He went back to one from Rashid which carried straight on and edged to Bairstow after lasting two hours and 43 minutes for his 29 from 137 balls.

Yorkshire's late surge continued as Ollie Rayner injudiciously swept at Rashid and was caught at slip by Alex Lees off Bairstow's glove and new batsman Toby Roland-Jones would also have gone have gone to the leg-spinner if Bairstow had managed to hold on.

Brooks came on at the Trafalgar Square end to partner Rashid in what soon proved to be a shrewd move and hastened the game towards its close.

Brooks' second ball drifted away from Roland-Jones and found the edge to be caught by Bairstow and Rashid then had Tom Helm caught in the slips by Kane Williamson.

Middlesex's last chance of saving the match disappeared when Simpson was also caught by Williamson, this time off Brooks, and the game was wrapped up as Tim Murtagh spooned up Rashid and was held by Lyth running round from leg slip.

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Sheffield champ to fly the flag at Commonwealth Games

Sheffield's world squash champion Nick Matthew has been chosen to carry the English flag at tomorrow's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow.

Matthew, who was voted by his fellow athletes to be England's flagbearer, will be defending both the individual and doubles titles he won at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 4 years ago.

He is the second Yorkshire athlete to carry the flag, with Hull's Karen Briggs having done so at Auckland in 1990 and says he is honoured to have been chosen:

Pedestrian seriously injured in Pateley Bridge collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was badly injured in a road traffic collision inPateley Bridge.

The pedestrian, a woman in her 60s, suffered serious head injuries when she was hit by a cyclist on High Street in Pateley Bridge at around 2.40pm today.

She has been taken to Harrogate District Hospital for treatment. Her injuries are described as life-threatening.

The cyclist, an 18-year-old man who was riding a blue racing bike in the direction of Summerbridge, sustained a cut to his right elbow in the incident.

The road is currently closed in both directions as the police examine the scene of the incident.

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Housing charity finding more people struggling to pay for homes

A housing charity says it has seen a 76 per-cent rise in calls from people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire who are struggling to pay for their homes.

Shelter says it spoke to more than 600 people asking for advice after struggling to pay their rent or mortgage, or going into debt because of their housing costs.

Nadeem Kahn from the charity says it is a recurring theme:

Climber died 'doing what he loved'

Police have released the name of the man who died after falling from cliffs at Kettleness near Runswick Bay on Friday 18 July 2014. Malcolm Hall, 51, was from Skelton near Saltburn.

Malcolm Hall
Malcolm Hall

In a statement his family said:

our family was devastated by the sudden and tragic death of Mac. Not only have we lost a son, brother, dad, granddad and uncle, we have also lost a friend who loved his family dearly and was always there for us whenever we needed him, no matter what. It is a small comfort to us knowing that Mac died doing something that he loved. He will be terribly missed by us and his wide circle of friends who we would like to thank for their kind words of comfort, love and support.

– Malcolm Hall family statement
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