Thatscricket - News - Yorkshire consolidate top spot in England
Published: Sunday, June 10, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Yorkshire strengthened its position at the top of the English County Championship on Saturday with a nine-wicket win over nearest rivals Kent at Headingley.The home side picked up maximum points with a comfortable win over Kent after the visitors had been dismissed for 250 in their second innings to add to 212 from their first.Yorkshire, which hit an impressive 413 in its first innings, reached 53 for one to secure a Division One victory, which adds more weight to its title credentials.In a season when Yorkshire has so far been without several players due to England call-ups all-rounder Craig White, rested from England duty because of a back injury, was unbeaten on five along with Scott Richardson (29) as it passed the 50 it needed to beat Kent.Mark Ramprakash scored 90 as Surrey overcame Somerset's resistance to claim victory at The Oval.The home side reached 210 for four to secure the win against a Somerset side that had fought grimly to earn a draw. But spinner Ian Salisbury did the damage for the home side as he claimed five for 95 as the visitors made 234 in their second innings to add to 377 from the first.But Surrey, which scored 403 in its first innings, had Ramprakash to thank as it won by six wickets.Gloucestershire picked up 20 points for its 187-run win over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge with the medium pace of Mike Cawdron returning seven wickets in the match for the visitors.Cawdron took three for 90 in Nottinghamshire's second innings of 284 to add to his four for 79 from the first innings in this Division Two encounter.Gloucestershire relied heavily on a makeshift bowling attack as Ian Harvey was on duty for the Australians in Cardiff and Mike Smith and Jon Lewis were both injured to bowl it to its first championship win of the season.Nottinghamshire was set 410 to win on the final day but Cawdron, James Averis, Mark Hardinges and Mark Alleyne answered the call.South African all-rounder Kevin Pietersen led the home side's bid for victory with 72 runs but after being set 472 to win it was always up against it.Worcestershire wicket-keeper Steve Rhodes ran out of partners as the visitors lost by 33 runs to Sussex in a tight finish at Horsham.Rhodes finished unbeaten on 41 as Worcestershire was dismissed for 293 in its second innings.Vikram Solanki (89) had done his best to set Worcestershire up for victory as it chased a total over 300 to win.Sussex off spinner Mark Davis claimed six for 116 for 36 overs, and Worcestershire's Alamgir Sheriyar had taken eight wickets during the match.