Simon Kerrigan claimed a fifteenth first-class five wicket haul, but his late order resistence with the bat alongside Taylor and Procter wasn’t enough as Yorkshire claimed victory by 53 runs on a tricky batting surface.

The win sees Yorkshire cement their grip near the top of group three of the LV= County Championship, while Northamptonshire remain in third position.

Brook was in imperious form in the morning against some tight bowling from Simon Kerrigan and Ben Sanderson who made an early breakthrough when he enticed an edge from Jordan Thompson. Patterson showed some resistance, but could only fend a short-pitched delivery from Sanderson to Emilio Gay at short leg who took a brilliant diving catch to leave Yorkshire on 189 for eight.

Brook who reached his century from 168 deliveries, went on the offensive as wickets fell at the other end, swatting Kerrigan straight back down the ground for his eleventh boundary before falling next ball to give the spinner his five-wicket haul as Yorkshire finished on 217.

Northamptonshire were soon in trouble as they lost three wickets for just two runs either side of lunch. Stand-in captain Ricardo Vasconcelos fell lbw playing forward to Patterson just before the interval. Then in the second over after lunch Charlie Thurston picked out short leg to give Patterson his second wicket. Next over, Gay drilled Bess straight to short cover to leave Northamptonshire in dire straits at 19 for three.

Bess got the ball to turn across Rob Keogh who was unfortunate to be given caught out at short leg, then Adam Lyth held onto a sharp, low catch at slip offered by Saif Zaib to leave Northamptonshire five wickets down with just 43 on the board.

Taylor decided to counterattack, striking eight boundaries and drilling the seamers firmly back down the ground, sweeping Bess and scooping Ben Coad back over the keeper’s head.

But when he was trapped lbw by Coad, Northamptonshire were 87 for six, still 108 adrift. Procter and Kerrigan raised home hopes with a stand of 49 but ultimately finished short.