Yorkshire v Warwickshire: Liam Plunkett shines against Bears

Liam Plunkett
LV County Championship Division One, Headingley Carnegie
Close, day two: Yorkshire 302 v Warwickshire 221-8
Yorkshire 5pts, Warwickshire 4pts
Match scorecard

Liam Plunkett took four wickets for Yorkshire to leave their game against Warwickshire at Headlingley finely balanced going into day three.

Yorkshire added only eight more runs to their overnight total, finishing on 302 with Jack Brooks the last man out.

In reply, three of Warwickshire's first five batsmen failed to get out of single figures as they fell to 50-4.

Laurie Evans's steady 88 stabilised the Bears' innings, but he fell to Plunkett (4-55) as they closed on 221-8.

Following Brooks's dismissal, Warwickshire's top order struggled against the Yorkshire seamers, with Ian Westwood (7), Will Porterfield (9) and Tim Ambrose (0) failing to make any significant contribution.

When Ambrose was caught in the slips off the bowling of Steven Patterson (2-38), the defending County Championship champions appeared to be heading towards a dismal total.

However Evans began to patiently re-build his side's innings with his 88 coming from 188 balls before a mis-timed shot off England bowler Plunkett was caught by Adam Lyth to leave the visitors 182-7.

And, after losing Ateeq Javid (17) late on, Warwickshire closed still trailing by 81 runs.


BBC WM's Mike Taylor:

"Yorkshire ended the day with a clear advantage although not necessarily a decisive one. Their bowling was of a high standard throughout and they showed great discipline and energy.

"Liam Plunkett bowled at a challenging pace but all the seamers kept the pressure on, and Adil Rashid seemed to enjoy a long bowl, running through his variations.

"Laurie Evans, like Gary Ballance yesterday, showed that runs could be made with patience and good judgement. He was primarily responsible for making sure Warwickshire did not fold after a rocky start, but the lower order made stubborn contributions.

"The hard-fought nature of the cricket on the first two days of this match has done both teams great credit."

Match scorecard

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