Cricket: Donald adds to Yorkshire suffering

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Warwickshire 346

Yorkshire 178 and 10-1

ALLAN DONALD, whose form this season has caused concern, was fast and straight enough to wreck Yorkshire's palsied batting order. With swinging support from Tim Munton, and good catching, the pair removed the first four in 17 overs for 26 runs, Donald then dismissing Ashley Metcalfe for the second time in the day when Yorkshire followed on.

There is a bug in Yorkshire's dressing-room and the day-old pitch may have been a little more helpful than on Thursday, but Yorkshire had otherwise little excuse as the South African, at no more than 75 per cent

potency, broke their nerve, Munton undermined them and Dermot Reeve wrapped up all but the last pair.

The overnight medical news was that Richie Richardson had gone straight to bed from the ground and that Martyn Moxon was feeling rocky. There was no bulletin on Paul Jarvis or Darren Gough, but both might have been thought in need of attention after their opening overs. Warwickshire's last two wickets were permitted to add a further 57 runs.

Peter Hartley brought a proper length to the proceedings only to see Neil Smith (24) and Piran Holloway (5) dropped at slip, bringing the number of close catches missed by Yorkshire in the last two matches to seven. Stemp took a return catch to remove the aggressive Smith, while Jarvis eventually put a ball in the right place. Stemp's remarkable figures - 38-19-43-3 - would not have been disdained by his predecessors.

Moxon and Metcalfe looked safe up to lunch but then Mervyn Kitchen rejected an almighty shout for a catch behind, off Munton. Metcalfe stood his ground, the Bears took umbrage and Donald's speed may have been fuelled by anger. He hit Metcalfe on the chest and immediately moved in a short leg; he sent one ball whistling past both batsman and Holloway, the wicketkeeper. Just when Metcalfe seemed to be weathering the storm a slower delivery caused a low catch to second slip.

Moxon turned to stone while Richardson, having carved between slips and missed with one frantic hook at Donald, made contact at his next attempt to give mid-on a dolly. Moxon then lost his off stump to a yorker.

David Byas and Richard Blakey showed almost contempt for Warwickshire's second string bowling but neither lasted: Byas was caught behind, low down, cutting, while Blakey, well forward, was lbw to Dermot Reeve's first ball.

Jarvis looked to be in no trouble, adding 31 with Craig White, until he played on in Donald's post-tea spell. Munton and Reeve had mopped up until the last pair arrived to save Yorkshire from humilation.