Stoic Chanderpaul thwarts Yorkshire
A typically defiant century from Shivnarine Chanderpaul put Warwickshire on top on the second day of their LV= County Championship match with lowly Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie.
The West Indian remorselessly clocked up an unbeaten 167 as Warwickshire moved on to 340 for six by the close for a first-innings lead of 43.
Left-arm spinner David Wainwright claimed three wickets, but the bowling was generally well below the standard required to put Warwickshire under any great pressure.
Yet the morning began so promisingly for Yorkshire as both the visitors' openers were sent back with only five scored, Varun Chopra having his off stump flattened by Steven Patterson and Ian Westwood falling lbw to Ryan Sidebottom.
Their departures brought in Chanderpaul, playing his second championship match for Warwickshire, and he calmly went about building a big innings without looking threatened.
Number three Laurie Evans edged a cut at Wainwright to wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy on 30, but Chanderpaul hit the same bowler for two fours over square-leg before Jim Troughton drove the spinner for six.
Chanderpaul reached his half-century after lunch off 89 balls with seven fours, but Troughton was caught behind for 27 when he slashed at Richard Pyrah.
Tim Ambrose accelerated the scoring and he carried the game further away from Yorkshire with six consecutive boundaries, four off them off Pyrah and two from Adil Rashid long-hops.
Ambrose hurried to a 57-ball half-century, which contained nine boundaries, and at tea Warwickshire were a healthy 208 for four.
A sharp slip catch by Jacques Rudolph sent back Ambrose for 66, but Chanderpaul pulled Pyrah for his 15th boundary to go to three figures from 156 deliveries.
It was the left-hander's 57th first-class century and his ninth in the championship, having plundered six in three seasons with Durham and two for Lancashire last year.
Darren Maddy, dropped by Rudolph before he had scored, was lbw to Wainwright for 12 to make it 264 for six, but Keith Barker assisted Chanderpaul in taking Warwickshire into the lead and guiding them to a third batting bonus point.
Chanderpaul inflicted more pain on Yorkshire by cutting Sidebottom for his 22nd four to canter to his 150 from 216 balls, but the former England paceman at least had the consolation of being the most economical bowler, with 19 overs costing only 39 runs.
Barker, too, scored freely against a weary attack to finish unbeaten on 33 and his unbroken seventh-wicket stand with Chanderpaul is worth 76.