The South African Parnell contested the Yorkshire victory with one run

South African Wayne Parnell played with bat and ball but couldn’t prevent Northamptonshire from suffering a dramatic one-round defeat at the English County Championship in Yorkshire on Sunday.

Visitors were 206-9 on the hunt for 220 to win when the rain stopped playing for nearly an hour on day four in Leeds.

Parnell, who had already taken five wickets in each inning, seemed to bat Northamptonshire to victory.

But when the 31-year-old, who last played international cricket in 2017, was trapped 33 minutes ahead of Steven Patterson, it meant Northamptonshire was out 218.

A third Yorkshire win in as many Group three games kept them up with Lancashire after their arch-rivals took a five-wicket win over Sussex in Hove.

Keaton Jennings, a South African born opening player from England, scored an unbeaten 91 after his first 60 innings when Lancashire finished with 255-5.

Gloucestershire chased a seemingly imposing 348 to beat Leicestershire by four wickets as they led Group Two, with Ian Cockbain making 117.

Lewis Goldsworthy made his first-class debut with a valued 41 when Somerset beat Middlesex by four goals in Taunton. The 20-year-old shared an unbroken stand of 86 with experienced Steven Davies.

Middlesex and Ireland veteran Tim Murtagh took 4-53 but couldn’t stop Somerset from hitting a 207 goal.

Meanwhile, neither Worcestershire nor Essex were able to overcome a slow New Road course as their match ended in a draw.

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