On the final day, ironically the only full day’s play, Warwickshire extended their overnight 205 for two to 443 for nine declared, harvesting full batting points, before Yorkshire responded after tea with 73 for two.
It was certainly a forgettable four days for Yorkshire whose pursuit of their third successive title has begun in staccato fashion with two draws, some worrying top-order fragility and an ankle injury, sustained during this match, to Ryan Sidebottom which will rule him out of next week’s game at Nottinghamshire at least.
“We know we are playing ‘okay’ cricket but know we can be better,” said Gale in his post-match interview.
“I don’t think we have hit our straps in the top five with big partnerships and we haven’t bowled in partnerships either. There have been periods of play when we have been quite sloppy and gone round the park.
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“The encouraging thing is the lads recognise that and want to work hard to put it right and while they are doing that you know you are on the right path. We are not playing our best cricket but have still got two solid draws.”
The result saw Warwickshire, who have so far drawn all three games, none of which have even reached the fourth innings due principally to the weather, move to the top of the table.