Plunkett hits out and Yorkshire take charge

Tail-ender Liam Plunkett hit 87 before Yorkshire took six cheap wickets. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire
Tail-ender Liam Plunkett hit 87 before Yorkshire took six cheap wickets. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire
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Liam Plunkett scored 86 as Yorkshire took firm control of their home LV= County Championship Division One clash with leaders Warwickshire on day two at Headingley.

The hosts’ tail wagged defiantly as they boosted their first innings from 310 for eight overnight to 444 all out. Plunkett and Steven Patterson (43) combined as Yorkshire put on a ninth-wicket stand of 106, and by the time he had been dismissed, Plunkett had struck eight fours and four sixes in a knock that came off 75 balls.

Warwickshire, who had put their opponents into bat on day one, then struggled in their effort to avoid the follow-on, finishing on 136 for six, with captain Ian Bell having battled hard for his 58 not out.

Second-placed Sussex’s hopes of taking advantage were frustrated by the rain as they could only add 64 runs to their 441 for five at home to Durham before the teams were forced off for the day after just 17.4 overs of play.

There was still time, though, for overnight century-makers Luke Wright (189) and Ben Brown (163) to record their highest first-class scores before the weather brought an end to proceedings with Sussex on 505 for nine

Middlesex were able to make better inroads against Lancashire as they went past the visitors’ 266 just before the close. Dawid Malan was run out eight short of his century but his contribution, along with those of Sam Robson (51), Eoin Morgan (76 not out) and Neil Dexter (44no), helped their side finish the day in a strong position on 275 for three.