Chanderpaul ton piles on Tykes misery

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Another century by Shivnarine Chanderpaul further undermined Yorkshire’s hold on Division One status and edged Warwickshire closer to the LV= County Championship crown at Edgbaston.

Needing to make 350 to have enough bonus points to overhaul Lancashire after the leaders’ early defeat at Worcester, they were just about on course as Chanderpaul’s 110 from 182 balls helped level the scores with six wickets down at the end of the second day.

Having dismissed Yorkshire for 281 in the morning, when Rikki Clarke mopped up the last two wickets after signing a new two-year contract, the title-chasing Midlanders did not have things all their own way when they batted.

Ryan Sidebottom and fellow-seamers Ajmal Shahzad and Moin Ashraf bowled with purpose to capture the first four wickets for 137, but the in-form Tim Ambrose made an unbeaten 68 and shared in a stand of 135.

Alan Richardson bagged a six-wicket haul as Worcestershire boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation and dented Lancashire’s title bid with a crushing 10-wicket win at New Road.

The 36-year-old former Warwickshire paceman claimed six for 22 as the hosts wrapped up victory before tea on the second day.

After dismissing the visitors for just 80, Worcestershire needed a mere five runs to send spineless Lancashire crashing to their fourth defeat of the season.