Relegation fears for Yorkshire after 18 runs defeat to Gloucestershire

Yorkshire's Dom Bess in action at The Oval. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Yorkshire's Dom Bess in action at The Oval. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

ALREADY-relegated Gloucestershire completed a thrilling three-day victory at Headingley, defending 241, to heighten Yorkshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship relegation fears.

David Payne and Zafar Gohar claimed four wickets each and consigned the hosts to a sixth defeat in their last eight division one games, bowling them out for 222, an 18-run margin.

It means that if second-bottom Warwickshire beat Hampshire in the ongoing game at Edgbaston, which finishes tomorrow, they will overtake Yorkshire and relegate them.

The White Rose were set their target during the second half of the third morning and were going well at 69-1 before succumbing to the pressure of needing to win, despite a late and defiant unbeaten 79 from Dom Bess.

Gloucestershire were bowled out for 233 in their second innings, and Yorkshire enjoyed as good a morning as they could realistically have hoped for, including George Hill getting both Price brothers.

Gloucestershire, 204-6 overnight, only added 29 more runs.

Hill’s second ball uprooted the off and middle stumps of Ollie Price for 68.

The skilful medium pacer, who would later add 36 with the bat, then trapped Tom Price lbw in his next over.

Earlier, Steve Patterson made the initial breakthrough by trapping Gohar lbw. It was the seamer’s 489th and final first-class wicket.

The Gloucester innings was wrapped up when Ajeet Singh Dale was run out by a Matthew Fisher direct hit from mid-off.

Yorkshire lost James Wharton to the fourth ball of their chase having dragged on against Tom Price but Adam Lyth and Hill united to share 65 for the second wicket.

Lyth drove nicely, while Hill used his feet with effect against Gohar’s dangerous left-arm spin.

But the tide was about to turn as Yorkshire fell to 95-4 seven overs later, undermining their chances of a second win of the season.

Their first was against Gloucester in their opening game.

Hill was trapped lbw by Singh Dale for 36 before Tom Kohler-Cadmore lofted Gohar to long-off, falling for seven on his final Yorkshire appearance before moving to Somerset.

Captain Jonny Tattersall lost his off-stump to Payne shortly afterwards.

Further damage was done by the same bowler when Harry Duke under-edged onto his middle stump as he tried to leave alone before Lyth gloved a vicious turner from Gohar to slip for 49, leaving Yorkshire at 119-6.

Bess led his side through to tea with no further damage, but Jordan Thompson flicked Gohar to leg slip not long afterwards.

Thompson fell for 11 and then Matthew Fisher edged Payne to first slip.

At 172-8 with 69 needed, Bess opted to counter-attack. He hoisted Gohar for six over long-on on the way to a 68-ball fifty.

But Ben Coad was trapped lbw by Gohar, leaving him and last man Patterson needing 50.

Patterson blocked determinedly but he cut Payne to Chris Dent at backward point to leave Yorkshire's eyes on Edgbaston.