Cricket: Gillespie's praise for Sidebottom as Yorkshire see off Warwickshire

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Jason Gillespie heaped praise on Ryan Sidebottom as the White Rose talisman turned in a superb display to down Warwickshire at Edgbaston

Yorkshire looked every inch a team destined to retain their LV= County Championship title as they won by 174 runs.

Gillespie's side outplayed their hosts to claim their sixth win from nine championship matches, wrapped up with 21 overs to spare.

Set a target of 434, Warwickshire were dismissed for 259 after Ryan Sidebottom took five for 42 to complete match-figures of 11 for 76 - the fourth ten-or-more-wicket match-haul of the 37-year-old's career.

"It was an exceptional performance from Ryan Sidebottom," said Gillespie. "He pitched the ball up, moved it off the straight, attacked off-stump and hit it a couple of times.

"He is a fantastic professional and a guy that all the other players in the dressing-room look up to. What more can you ask of a senior pro?

"It is very satisfying to come to Edgbaston and beat a very good side like Warwickshire. We are in a decent position in the table but there are plenty of games left and a lot of very good teams in the competition so we won't be getting the crystal ball out and looking into the future.  We will just enjoy this hard-fought victory and celebrate it and then dust ourselves down and try to keep up the pressure in the next game."

Only Sam Hain, returning after a two-month absence due to a shoulder injury, showed the necessary technique and resolve to defy high-quality bowling. The 19-year-old's 106 (195 balls, 17 fours, one six) was doggedness itself but Warwickshire have cause for concern about others in their top order.

Captain Varun Chopra has reached 25 in only three of 15 championship innings this season (and not once in the first innings) while Jonathan Trott has scored only one half-century in ten innings since quitting international cricket.

Yorkshire, oozing self-belief, worked their way steadily through the home batting after Warwickshire resumed on 43 for one. Ian Westwood and Trott, their two batsmen most capable of delivering the long resistance their team needed, were at the crease but both fell to Sidebottom who continued his masterclass of perfectly-pitched left-arm swing bowling.

He bowled Trott (29 from 61 balls) and, after making short work of Laurie Evans, lbw second ball, also trapped Westwood in the crease - Sidebottom's tenth wicket of the match and fifth lbw.

Peter McKay's departure edged Steven Patterson into the slips to bring together Hain and Rikki Clarke, the last pair likely to have the skill to build the required rearguard action.

They added 47 before Clarke fell to an astonishing catch. He turned James Middlebrook off the full face of the bat and Jack Leaning, at short leg, somehow clung on the ball as he fell backwards. Leaning's father Andy, who enjoyed a distinguished career spanning 223 Football League games as a goalkeeper, would have been proud of that one.

Jack Brooks then got involved, taking a catch at extra cover to remove Jeetan Patel and hit Chris Wright's middle stump.

Warwickshire were 217 for eight at tea, with the new ball just three overs away. Sidebottom's third delivery with it knocked out Oliver Hannon-Dalby's middle stump. Hain completed a richly-deserved century, his fifth in first-class cricket, before becoming the last wicket of the match - and Tim Bresnan's first.