A typically defiant century from Shivnarine Chanderpaul plunged Yorkshire into even deeper relegation trouble on the second day of their LV= County Championship match with Warwickshire at Headingley.
The West Indian run-scoring machine remorselessly clocked up an unbeaten 167 as Warwickshire moved on to 340 for six by the close to put them 43 ahead on the first innings.
It was a day on which Yorkshire needed to get rid of their opponents in double quick time if they were to stamp their authority on a game which they must win if they are to maintain any reasonable chance of preserving their Division One status, but their future now looks bleak.
Left-arm spinner David Wainwright claimed three wickets, but the bowling was generally well below the standard required to put Warwickshire under any great pressure.
Yet the morning began well as both of the visitors’ openers were out with only five scored, Varun Chopra had his off-stump flattened by Steve Patterson and Ian Westwood fell lbw to Ryan Sidebottom.
However, Chanderpaul, playing in his second match for Warwickshire, calmly went about building a big innings without ever looking in the least threatened.