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    Northants' undefeated century from Ricardo Vasconcelos results in a tie with Yorkshire
Northants' undefeated century from Ricardo Vasconcelos results in a tie with Yorkshire
Ricardo Vasconcelos. Source: telegraph.co.uk

Northants' undefeated century from Ricardo Vasconcelos results in a tie with Yorkshire

Vasconcelos, a South Africa Under-19 player, sealed the victory with an innings that kept Northants ahead of Yorkshire.

On an exciting final day in Northampton, Yorkshire was drawn by Northamptonshire thanks to a superb innings of unbeaten 129 from Ricardo Vasconcelos.

After being given an improbable goal of 326 to win, Vasconcelos, who played for the South Africa Under-19s before relocating to England in 2018, made sure that Northants held off Yorkshire. Yorkshire had a good chance to bowl Northants out in the 57 overs left in the match's final innings thanks to a career-best four wickets for 56 from occasional off-spinner Adam Lyth, but Vasconcelos and number 10 Siddarth Kaul batted for six overs in unison.

Yorkshire's miserable start to the County Championship season is prolonged by the draw. Yorkshire have lost two and drawn five of their first seven Division Two games, failing to win any despite occasionally having Joe Root and Harry Brook available to them. With 77 points, the team is stuck in seventh position in Division Two, 32 points behind leaders Sussex. Yorkshire has only won four of the 35 Championship games played since the beginning of 2022, which is among the worst streaks in the storied club's history.

Yorkshire made a declaration earlier in the day after captain Shan Masood scored an unbeaten 131 to lead the team to 264 for six in their second innings. Vasconcelos skillfully handled the tail while scoring swiftly as well, trying to maximize the number of balls he faced. Throughout their half-hour partnership, Kaul faced just five deliveries. Northants are now two spots ahead of Yorkshire in Division Two, having drawn.

Essex defeated Kent in Division One after winning an innings match. At Canterbury, South African off-spinner Simon Harmer grabbed four wickets for thirty-two runs as Kent lost by an inning and ninety-six runs after being knocked out for just 101 in their second innings. Due to a thigh ache, star seamer Sam Cook—who has been hailed as James Anderson's successor—did not bowl on the last day.

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