Pyrah shines again as Yorkshire claim crucial victory

Richard Pyrah - Yorkshire CC
Richard Pyrah - Yorkshire CC

YORKSHIRE moved out of the LV County Championship Division 1 relegation spots today after securing their second victory of the season against Worcestershire.

Martyn Moxon’s men needed 54 runs with seven wickets to spare at Scarborough this morning to claim a vital victory and leapfrog their visitors.

Ossett’s Rich Pyrah was instrumental, taking six wickets over the four days and continuing the momentum from his five-for performance in Sunday’s Twenty20 victory over Durham.

Pyrah took 2-28 to help limit the visitors to 168 in their first innings at North Marine Road, while Pontefract’s Tim Bresnan snapped-up 4-64.

Some fine batting from Andrew Gale (72) and Ajmal Shahzad (70) put Yorkshire in control as the hosts reached 367 at the crease.

But it was the bowling of former Ossett High School all-rounder Pyrah that put the White Rose county on the verge of victory.

He took 4-91 to help crush Worcestershire’s middle order and see them back in the pavilion for 332, despite a mini revival from the tail end.

Yorkshire looked to tie the match up last night but a slow run-rate forced them into a fourth day, where they lost just one wicket en-route to their vital victory.

Youngsters Joe Root (52) and Gary Ballance (8) saw the hosts over the line.

Yorkshire play their final Twenty20 Cup match at Derbyshire on Friday night before returning to Headingley Carnegie to take on Middlesex in the CB40.

See this week’s Wakefield Express Sport for a full interview with Rich Pyrah.