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Yorkshire go top after comprehensive three-day victory
Yorkshire signed off from LV= County Championship duty by sending a powerful warning to the other sides in Division One with a comprehensive victory over Warwickshire at Headingley inside three days.
Their innings and 155 runs triumph enabled Yorkshire to leapfrog over their opponents to the top of the table before the next hurdle in their attempt to challenge for more than one trophy this season -the NatWest Blast Twenty20 competition, whihc starts on Friday.
They wasted little time in securing an extra day off before that opening match against Northamptonshire by destroying Warwickshire, who arrived at Headingley as leaders, having won their two previous matches.
Resuming the third morning on 136-6, trailing by 308 runs, Warwickshire were dismissed for 200 and, after being asked to follow on, were then castled for only 89 after losing five wickets for ten runs in 25 deliveries against the new ball.
From the start of the day, it became clear that Yorkshire’s hopes of forcing victory with a day to spare would depend on their ability to dismiss Warwickshire captain Ian Bell, who had held their first innings together with an unbeaten 58 overnight.
He progressed to only three short of his century, but wickets continued to fall at the other end, and when he edged Jack Brooks down the leg-side, Warwickshire’s fate in following on was sealed.
They fared little better second time around and were blown away by Brooks and Tim Bresnan with the new ball, with Bell falling amid the early carnage that left Warwickshire on 31-5.
They never really recovered and, despite a two-hour delay for bad light and rain after they slumped to 84-7, their fate was sealed with their last three wickets falling in 20 balls after the resumption.
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