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Rain prevents Warwickshire chase

Warwickshire were denied the chance of a late run-chase by a heavy rain shower as their LV= County Championship encounter with Yorkshire at Headingley

The reigning champions bowled out their opponents for 180 to set themselves 174 to win from 36 overs to achieve a victory that would have put them right back in the thick of the title race, but they were forced off due to bad light after just two overs.

Yorkshire increased their lead at the top of Division One to 10 points, while Warwickshire remained in fifth.

The visitors were in the stronger position going into the last day but heavy overnight rain had left parts of the outfield saturated and the weather forecast suggested there could be no action at all.

Yet conditions improved throughout the morning and play was able to commence at 2:40pm, at which stage 48 overs remained to be bowled.

Yorkshire's lead was only 141 when they resumed on 148 for seven and it was not long before they lost a wicket, Ryan Sidebottom whipping Chris Woakes through midwicket for four and then losing his off stump when he tried to repeat the stroke off the next ball.

Andy Hodd, who had resisted doggedly on the previous evening, cut Boyd Rankin to the rope but he soon ran out of partners as Rankin mopped up the tail with two wickets in three balls.

A short delivery to Steven Patterson was fended to Ian Westwood at short-leg and Jack Brooks was unable to control another bouncer which flew to Keith Barker at leg gully.

Woakes' five-wicket haul cost him only 42 runs and Rankin also emerged with excellent figures of 4-29. Hodd headed for the pavilion with his wicket still intact after holding out for 161 minutes for his 14.

Warwickshire were three without loss after two overs in their pursuit but they were unable to have a serious go at chasing the remaining 171 runs as the weather had the final say.