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Day 4 of 4
Yorkshire win by 2 wickets

Yorks vs Gloucs

Tykes seal Scarborough thriller

Dramatic win puts Yorkshire back on promotion trail

Anthony McGrath: Saw Yorkshire home with an unbeaten 76

Scarborough Cricket Club: saw no play at all on days two and three due to rain

Yorkshire moved into the promotion places with a dramatic two-wicket win over Gloucestershire on the final day at Scarborough.

Anthony McGrath's unbeaten 76 guided the White Rose to an engineered victory target of 314 with 16 balls to spare after Phil Jaques had laid the platform for Yorkshire's chase with 79.

Earlier some declaration bowling had set-up an entertaining afternoon following consecutive days of rain after Yorkshire declared on their overnight 61-2.

The visitors cracked 159-0- in just 10 overs with Benny Howell (83) and Rob Nicol (75) enjoying the generous bowling from part-timers Adam Lyth and Andrew Gale.

Lyth (40) and Joe Root (43) gave Yorkshire a solid start with 72 in 18 overs before the former holed out to Liam Norwell at midwicket to bring Jaques to the crease.

Andrew Gale (14) and Gary Balance (5) followed but McGrath stood and after Andy Hodd (8) and Adil Rashid (10) fell guided Yorkshire to safety helped by a fine 22-ball 24 from Azeem Rafiq.

Day three

Yorkshire's promotion bid was again hit by rain as they suffered a washout for the second successive day against Gloucestershire at Scarborough.

Torrential rain throughout the morning at North Marine Road left umpires David Millns and Steve O'Shaughnessy with no other choice but to call play off at 1.15pm.

It was the Yorkshire's 13th blank day of the season and leaves captain Andrew Gale to ponder whether to be content with a draw on the final day or attempt to engineer a result.

A draw would leave the White Rose county to attempting to pick up as many bonus points as possible, with maximum batting points enough to move them just two points behind second-placed Hampshire with both teams having two games to play.

Gloucestershire will, however, be wary of leaving Yorkshire with anything too generous to chase should an agreement be reached.

In a rain-hit encounter at Bristol in mid-May, the visitors were set 400 to win - and they romped home by four wickets in the second highest successful run chase in the club's history.

Yorkshire have now lost a total of 8,561 minutes of Championship cricket this season which is equivalent to almost 24 days' play out of a total of 55.

Day Two

Yorkshire's push for promotion back to the top tier of the County Championship was held up by the weather in Scarborough as day two of their fixture against Gloucestershire was washed out.

The White Rose county, who sit third in the second division, 10 points behind second-placed Hampshire, suffered their 12th day without a ball being bowled this season.

Umpires David Millns and Steve O'Shaughnessy had no option but to call it a day at 3.30pm with no possibilities of play being able to start.

Yorkshire will now hope to resume their first innings on Thursday morning, with the hosts 61-2 after bowling out Gloucestershire for 215.

Day One

Gloucestershire were reduced to 9-4 at one stage as Yorkshire ripped apart their top order on the opening day in Scarborough.

The visitors recovered somewhat to post a modest total of 215 before giving their hosts one or two upsets of their own early on in their reply.

Missing senior paceman Ryan Sidebottom and Richard Pyrah to injuries, Steven Patterson (3-17) and Moin Ashraf (3-18) demolished Gloucestershire's top order, with Patterson striking three times in as many overs. Azeem Rafiq claimed three wickets for just 24 runs

Benny Howell, Dan Housego and Hamish Marshall were all dispatched back to the pavilion in rapid succession, before Ashraf sent opener Rob Nicol packing to leave the visitors reeling with less than 10 overs played.

Ian Cockbain (30) and Will Gidman (47) slowed the slide reach lunch on 70-4 but Yorkshire's bowlers proved to much with only Jack Taylor managing any more runs, making (49) as they limped to their total.

Yorkshire lost opener Adam Lyth (0) to the second ball of their innings and Phil Jaques followed soon after to make it 16-2 but Joe Root (24 not out) and Andrew Gale (23 not out) carried the hosts through to the close at 61-2

Match Details

Date
28th - 31st Aug 2012
Toss
Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
North Marine Road
Umpires
D J Millns and S J O'Shaughnessy

yorks BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Lyth c Norwell b Ireland 40
Root c Housego b Norwell 43
Jaques c Cockbain b Fuller 79
Gale c Marshall b Taylor 14
Ballance c Cockbain b Taylor 5
McGrath not out 76
Hodd lbw b Gidman 8
Rashid c Batty b Gidman 10
Rafiq c Fuller b Norwell 24
Extras 10nb, 2w, 5lb 17
Total 81.2 Overs 316 - 8
Full Batting Card

gloucs BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Gidman 22 2 70 2
Norwell 15.2 0 63 2
Ireland 16 0 77 1
Fuller 10 0 63 1
Taylor 18 4 38 2
Full Bowling Card