Yorkshire fight back against Warwickshire at Edgbaston

LV County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Close, day three: Yorkshire 281 & 319-5, Warwickshire 318
Warwickshire 6pts, Yorkshire 5pts
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Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid put on an unbroken 149-run sixth-wicket stand to help Yorkshire fight back against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Resuming on 281-6, the Bears prised only one more batting point to be bowled out for 318 - a lead of 37.

But, fuelled by Anthony McGrath (57) and Joe Root (49), the Tykes then responded well.

Ballance was unbeaten on 92, with Rashid on 62 when relegation-threatened Yorkshire reached the close on 319-5.

When Shivnarine Chanderpaul completed a century on day two, Warwickshire were looking at a big lead.

But, after taking the new ball shortly before the close, Yorkshire snaffled the last six wickets for 46 in 16 overs.

Ryan Sidebottom, who completed his second five-wicket haul since returning to his native county, and Moin Ashraf quickly wrapped up the home side's first innings in the morning session.

But not before the Bears had claimed an extra batting point to draw level with overnight Championship leaders Lancashire.

In reply, just a week after crumbling to a heavy defeat to the Bears at Headingley, Yorkshire again continued to show the strength of character they will need if they are to stay in Division One.

Thanks in the main to Ballance - who has already hit his highest Championship score - Yorkshire now hold a lead of 282.

The scenario for the final day is whether the Tykes can close up to Worcestershire in the Division One danger area. But their need to win does also throw up the option of a declaration - and the chance for Warwickshire to take a big step towards their first title since 2004.

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