Rashid spins Yorkshire to victory over Worcestershire
LV= COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP, DIVISION ONE, New Road: Yorkshire 368 and 56-1 beat Worcestershire 286 and 137 by nine wickets Yorks 22pts, Worcs 5pts Match scorecard
Adil Rashid has begun the season in the best possible way
Leg spinner Adil Rashid took a career-best 11-114 as Yorkshire completed a three-day victory over promoted Worcestershire at New Road.
The Tykes began the day two runs behind with three first innings wickets left.
But after Gerard Brophy hit 177 not out in Yorkshire's 368 - a lead of 82 - the home side collapsed to 137 all out as Rashid finished with figures of 5-37.
Yorkshire needed 56 to win and they reached their target for the loss of just one wicket in 12.3 overs.
Showing the sort of form that could force his return to the England squad, Rashid followed up his six-wicket return in the first innings with five further wickets.
Yorkshire's seamers made the early inroads by removing the home side's first three before Worcestershire could wipe out their deficit.
When Rashid came on, he was hit for two sixes while conceding 27 runs in his first three overs. But skipper Andrew Gale kept faith with his match-winner, who was the Tykes' top wicket taker last summer with 57 County Championship scalps.
And Gale reaped the rewards when the 23-year-old England Lions star took 5-10 in the space of 40 deliveries.
Earlier, Brophy had hit 27 fours and a six in his highest score since 2004 when he made 181 for Northants against Sussex.
He was well supported by overnight partner Ryan Sidebottom, who made a career-best 61 as they took their eighth-wicket stand to 149.
For Worcestershire, a sun-kissed but sad first Sunday of the season highlighted many of the frailties which wrecked previous attempts to establish a foothold at the top level.
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford & Worcester: "You don't win or draw games of cricket if you don't bat long enough in the middle, we want to do what Brophy did, bat all day, bat for six hours.
"The batting was a big disappointment, only one of our batsmen batted for longer than two hours.
"It's easy to get carried away as it's only the fist game of the season, but it was very disappointing."
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale told BBC Radio Leeds: "I am delighted, I thought we played well. There were areas we can improve on but we stuck at the task and to win in three days is a great win.
"It was as well as I've seen Gerard Brophy bat. It was as well as I've seen him play for Yorkshire.
"Adil Rashid bowled superbly. It's uncanny for a spinner to be taking 11 wickets in the second week of April, but he bowled outstandingly."
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