Yorkshire gave one of their best performances of the season so far as they crushed
Warwickshire by an innings, inside three days, to go top of division one.
Warwickshire began the match in pole position in the table but Yorkshire were breathing down
their necks in fourth place. Both sides were hoping to mount a serious challenge this season after starting well and this game was all set to be a closely fought contest. However, this was not to be the case.
Both sides had their England stars back with the in-form Ian Bell the standout performer for Warwickshire. Yorkshire, who are blessed with an abundance of talent, had the luxury of a number of England players available - Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan - and a number of other players who may have one eye on impressing the England selectors this season.
Having won the toss on day one Warwickshire asked Yorkshire to bat first at Headingley
but were soon on the back foot as Joe Root compiled a fluent half-century opening the batting. A timely reminder to the England selectors of his quality at the top of the order. From 111-1 Yorkshire did slump to 181-6 as the Warwickshire bowlers fought back during the afternoon session but Yorkshire's strength in depth showed as New Zealander Kane Williamson (75), Tim Bresnan (61), Liam Plunkett (86) and Steven Patterson (43) guided Yorkshire to an
impressive 444 in their first innings.
Warwickshire's reply never really got started as they lost early wickets and were soon reduced to 88-5. Their hopes rested on Ian Bell who showed his class but unfortunately fell just three runs short of a well-deserved century. Without Bell's substantial contribution Warwickshire's total of 200 all out would have been even more meagre. All Yorkshire's bowlers contributed during the innings with Jack Brooks impressing with 3-39.
Following-on Warwickshire's second innings followed a familiar pattern, the only exception
being Ian Bell's lack of runs - having been dismissed for just four in his second knock. With Bell unable to contribute this time around the rest of the Warwickshire batting looked fragile. At one point they floundered on 31-5 and, despite a brief rally from Tim Ambrose and Chris Woakes in the middle-order, Warwickshire self-destructed to collapse from 80-5 to 89 all out leaving Yorkshire to celebrate a stunning innings and 155 run victory with a day to spare.
Jack Brooks, with second innings figures of 4-37, once again impressed as he finished with match figures of 7-76. Liam Plunkett is also looking in fine form with the bat and ball and looking like the player that England identified as a potential International star early in his career.
Under the guidance of Australian Jason Gillespie Yorkshire are looking like the real deal this season. They will miss some of their England stars during the summer but with their strength in depth they are better equipped to deal with these absentees than perhaps Warwickshire are without Ian Bell.
After this round of Championship games are completed Yorkshire will hope to be still sitting on top of the pile as they head into the start of the T20 Blast.
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