Cricket: Yorkshire held up by Knight

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A DEFIANT unbeaten 103 from skipper Nick Knight in the second innings at Headingley could not prevent Yorkshire from marching towards their fourth consecutive Championship win.

At the end of the third day Warwickshire, forced to follow on 324 runs behind, were 190 for 7, still 134 adrift and with probably only two wickets to fall since Anurag Singh is suffering from an infected shinbone.

After Yorkshire had declared on 408 for 6, the visitors collapsed to 84 all out in only 23.3 overs, the first time for five years that they have failed to reach three figures.

Warwickshire made a braver fight of things second time around and umpire Dickie Bird, in his last first-class match, fretted over the fading light. Knight and Ashley Giles defended stubbornly before accepting the offer of bad light.

n Northamptonshire have been docked 25 Championship points for preparing an unfit pitch against Sussex after they won by 136 runs yesterday.