Chanderpaul gives Warwickshire edge over Yorkshire

LV County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Close, day two: Yorkshire 281, Warwickshire 281-6
Warwickshire 5pts, Yorkshire 4pts
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Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit a century as Warwickshire batted themselves into a promising position against Yorkshire.

Rikki Clarke (4-55) took the final two wickets of Yorkshire's innings in the morning to leave them 281 all out.

Warwickshire lost Varun Chopra and William Porterfield cheaply but Ian Westwood (55) and Chanderpaul (110) steadied the ship.

Tim Ambrose (68 not out) enjoyed a 135-partnership with Chanderpaul as the Bears moved to 281-6 at the close.

Ryan Sidebottom (4-34) moved to 50 Championship wickets for the season with the removal of nightwatchman Chris Meters in the final over of the day.

Chanderpaul's century was his second against Yorkshire in nine days following last week's 192 at Headingley.

And it left Warwickshire in sight of the 350 they need to earn enough bonus points to overhaul Lancashire at the top of the table.


BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin:

"Even when his scoring rate is slow, Shivnarine Chanderpaul is a joy to watch. Such patience, such composure - he's quite prepared to leave the ball outside off stump over and over again and will not be bored into submission.

"When he does play his shots, his timing and placement are glorious. One shot raced to the boundary even though Chanderpaul appeared to barely stroke the ball.

"He inspires confidence in his batting partner and Tim Ambrose clearly enjoys playing at the other end. The Bears wicketkeeper batted with freedom in sharing an unbroken century stand.

"And all this has put the Bears tantalisingly close to an unexpected Championship title. If they win this game, the pennant will be theirs to lose."