Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth furthered his claims for an England spot before revealing his first innings 117 was one of the best of his career.
Former Scarborough batsman and Scarborough News columnist Lyth’s first innings knock set up Yorkshire’s chance to take the game to Middlesex, who capitulated on day four at North Marine Road.
The left-handed Whitby man also safely pouched seven catches during Yorkshire’s crucial win, much to his delight.
Lyth said: “We got put in on a green pitch and it was doing a bit, but they bowled short which helped me and Alex Lees.
“But to go on and make a century on my home ground where I played most of my cricket when I was a young lad was really pleasing.
“I’ve never really reacted like that when I’ve gone past three figures before, but it was extra special both personally as my family and friend were all down, but also in the context of the match when my team needed it in a big game.
“With the state of the game and the our season with us being a few points behind Nottinghamshire, I would say that was my most important knock of the year and one of my best yet.
“It was amazing to finally get on the board here at North Marine Road with my first championship century.”