Northamptonshire fell just 1 run short on the final afternoon in a nail biting LV= Insurance County Championship finish at Emerald Headingley.

Wayne Parnell was the standout in an absorbing contest that saw the balance of power switch from one side to the other throughout all four days.

Parnell was the last man dismissed in Northamptonshire’s chase, his 102 ball innings ending when he was caught behind off Patterson’s seam for 33, leaving Northamptonshire crestfallen at 218 all out.

Northamptonshire started the day on 94 for four, needing 126 with left-handers Luke Procter and Saif Zaib unbeaten. Yorkshire struck twice in the opening hour hour, to leave them at 136 for six, needing 84 more. 

David Willey had Procter caught behind for 27 and Patterson had Tom Taylor adjudged lbw for one. Northamptonshire lost their seventh wicket on 146 when Zaib edged Duanne Olivier low to Kohler-Cadmore at first slip for 25. 

Parnell and Gareth Berg shared 32 for the eighth wicket either side of lunch before Willey had Berg caught behind moments later for 16 as the Northamptonshire equation became 42 with two wickets remaining at 178 for eight. 

Parnell found another ally in Simon Kerrigan, sharing 28 for the ninth wicket, a partnership that began to tip the scales back in Northamptonshire’s favour. This changed quickly again though, as with the light was fading courtesy of some dark overheard clouds, Olivier found the edge from Kerrigan who was caught at second slip by Adam Lyth with 14 required – 206 for nine. Rain accompanied Ben Sanderson to the middle, the umpires taking the players off before Northamptonshire’s last man could take guard.

Upon the resumption, Ben Sanderson and Parnell both hit boundaries off Olivier, with Parnell opting to farm the strike as much as possible. With just two to win though, in the 74th over of the innings, Patterson found the edge as Parnell looked to work the ball through third man for the tying run. 

Yorkshire 206 (Parnell 5/64, Berg 3/32) & 247 (Parnell 5/79, Sanderson 2/37)
Northamptonshire 234 (Zaib 55, Taylor 50) & 218 (Vasconcelos 41, Parnel 33)

Full scorecard.