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Yorkshire extend County Championship lead after Warwickshire stalemate
6:06pm Monday 5th August 2013 in Sport
Yorkshire and Warwickshire were left frustrated after a combination of bad light and rain caused their LV= County Championship division one match at Headingley to end in a draw.
The game had been set for an exciting finish on the final evening as Varun Chopra’s team began their pursuit of 174 off 36 overs and the visitors had high hopes of inflicting only a second Championship defeat of the season on the White Rose county.
A run chase with none of the limited-overs restrictions was in prospect, but the visitors had reached only 3-0 off two overs when gloom and rain set in.
The draw means Yorkshire have extended their lead at the top of the table to ten points over Sussex and 14 over Middlesex.
Andrew Gale’s team have five matches to play, the next of them at Nottinghamshire on August 21.
Gale was still confident that his bowlers could have improved that position still further by embarrassing the champions late on the final day.
“Even with the 30 overs that were left, if they had come out playing shots, our bowling attack could easily have got them 40-4,” the captain insisted. “We’ve seen against Derbyshire and Somerset here that it can be really interesting on fourth-day pitches.
“I said to the lads coming out to field that we had nothing to lose and a win would have put us ahead of the pack.”
Earlier today, the home side lost their last three wickets for 23 runs to be bowled out for 180. Chris Woakes and Boyd Rankin were the destroyers for Warwickshire after play got under way at 2.40pm.
Woakes comprehensively bowled Ryan Sidebottom for nine to finish with 5-42, while Rankin picked up Steve Patterson and Jack Brooks in three balls to take 4-29. Patterson made a useful ten but could only glove a short ball from Rankin straight to Ian Westwood at short leg, while Brooks fended his second delivery to Keith Barker at leg gully.
Yorkshire had begun on 148-7 and Andrew Hodd made an unbeaten 14 to help his side set a remotely defendable target.
“I thought our early batting in the second innings was a little bit soft,” said Gale. “We should have scored more runs than 180 really.
“We had our foot on the throat of the champions early on the third day and then we let them get into a commanding position.”
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