Yorkshire regained top place in the Championship table, deposing Warwickshire in the process with an emphatic three-day victory that reinforces the perception that they are the team best equipped to take the title this year. The result also exposed Warwickshire's worrying dependency on Ian Bell just as they are about to lose him to international duty.
It was only Bell's 97 that prolonged their first innings beyond 80 overs. But he could find no partner able to stick with him long enough to provide anything like meaningful support and was on his last partner when Jack Brooks, warming up for what he expected would be a spell with the second new ball, had him caught behind down the leg side with his loosener.
Bell lasted only six deliveries and made four runs in the follow-on, and with no one else among the front-line batsmen managing even to match Varun Chopra's 13, Warwickshire fell apart. They were five down for 31 inside the 13th over as Brooks and Tim Bresnan laid waste to the top order, rallied (in relative terms) as Tim Ambrose and Chris Woakes showed some overdue resolve, but wobbled badly again as Steven Patterson took two wickets in the same over. They had been reduced to 84 for 7 when heavy rain gave them temporary respite.
Once play restarted, after a two-and-a-half hour delay, it took only 20 deliveries of the nine overs remaining in the day to finish the job.
With Bell's help, Warwickshire's first innings limped on just long enough to claim a batting point, after which Yorkshire did not hesitate to enforce the follow-on. Brooks and Bresnan combined to take five wickets for 10 runs in the space of 25 deliveries as Warwickshire lost half their batsmen in advancing the scoreboard from 21 to 31 in theoretical pursuit of the 244 they needed to make Yorkshire bat again.
Brooks had William Porterfield well caught by Adam Lyth at second slip before a full ball from Bresnan had Chopra leg before. Brooks ruffled Laurie Evans with a short ball which he fended away in an uncertain manner before bowling him with one that nipped back. Then came the big one as Bell pushed forward to a ball from Bresnan and edged to third slip, where Kane Williamson scooped up a very low catch. Bell had walked anyway, so no argument.
Ateeq Javed became a sixth victim in the match for Brooks, after which there was a break in the mayhem as Ambrose and Woakes rode some early luck to add 49 runs before Patterson delivered his two-wicket burst, defeating Ambrose's tentative push and finding a thin edge to have Keith Barker caught behind.
After the rain break, Brooks claimed his fourth wicket of the innings and 21st of the season by dismissing Jeetan Patel for his second duck of the day. Liam Plunkett took his fourth wicket of the match as Richard Jones was leg before and Chris Wright was caught superbly by Bresnan at fourth slip.Reuse content