Warwickshire turn the tables at Headingley
Leaders Yorkshire suffered a dramatic reversal of fortunes on the third day of their LV= County Championship Division One match against champions Warwickshire at Headingley.
By the time bad light brought a premature close the hosts were in their second innings with a lead of only 141, England seamer Chris Woakes impressing on his way to 4-31.
Yorkshire were in a relatively strong position at the start of play when Warwickshire were 221 for eight, 81 in arrears. By lunch the picture had altered greatly – Yorkshire 19 for two having taken guard for a second time seven runs behind.
Ninth-wicket pair Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel were initially responsible for undermining Yorkshire’s advantage. Resuming with their stand on 25 they notched a flurry of boundaries off Liam Plunkett and Steven Patterson, and frustrations would soon increase for Andrew Gale’s men.
Patel, on 37, hit leg-spinner Adil Rashid to deep square-leg, where Jack Brooks dropped a simple shin-high catch, and he had another escape five runs later when Gale grassed at midwicket.
A 75-ball half-century followed and it took a run out to end the 99-run stand - Barker attempting a second to backward point to bring up his own fifty but beaten by Brooks' throw to wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd.
Patel was still going strong, straight driving Ryan Sidebottom for four to bring up the 300 and smacking him over long-on for six to take his side into the lead. The former England man had his revenge in the same over as Patel edged behind for 63.
Woakes struck twice to round off an eventful morning; Alex Lees failed to use his feet and was caught low at third slip by Patel before a yorker pinned Adam Lyth lbw.
Gale and Gary Ballance eased Yorkshire's plight by batting throughout an afternoon session shortened by a shower, which brought forward the tea interval at 86 for two.
Only nine more were added before two wickets fell in the space of seven balls from Boyd Rankin as Gale, on 34, looped a rising ball to Will Porterfield at gully and Rashid mis-hooked to Laurie Evans.
Ballance again found himself in the role of trying to hold things together but he could only look on as the fifth wicket toppled at 104, Azeem Rafiq playing Patel off bat and pad to Ian Westwood at silly mid-on.
The potentially key wicket arrived when Ballance played another Woakes yorker onto his stumps to go for 45.
Hodd attempted to block up one end while Plunkett went on the lookout for runs, cover-driving and hooking Woakes for four and six in one over before the bowler gained revenge by finding the edge, although the all-rounder looked distinctly unhappy with the decision that brought Sidebottom to the crease.
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