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Yorkshire v Warwickshire: CLOSE (Day Two)

— 12 May 2014

Liam Plunkett delivered an outstanding performance with bat and ball to help Yorkshire take command of their championship match with division one leaders Warwickshire at Headingley.

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Tipped to be named in England’s one-day squad to face Sri Lanka on Tuesday, Plunkett demonstrated his readiness by hitting 86 off 75 balls to help Yorkshire reach 444 and then delivered several fast spells as Warwickshire reached by the close of the second day.

Resuming the second morning on 310 for eight after being put into bat, Plunkett’s aggression in scoring his highest score for Yorkshire, helped secure four batting points and before playing his part in putting Warwickshire in trouble.

Plunkett hit five fours and four sixes and was the dominant force behind Yorkshire adding 134 runs in only 28.3 overs, including a 109-run ninth wicket stand with Steve Patterson.

Patterson contributed a crucial 43 to their partnership before edging to Bell at backward short leg off Jeetan Patel’s off-spin, while Jack Brooks contributed 14 to a 41-run last wicket stand before Plunkett holed out into the deep.

Yorkshire got off to a flying start with Brooks uprooting Varun Chopra’s stumps with his third ball and Laurie Evans was well caught low down by Gary Ballance at first slip off Patterson.

Plunkett strengthened Yorkshire’s advantage by dismissing Porterfield, who was caught at fourth slip by Tim Bresnan and Brooks struck with his fifth ball after returning to the attack to trap Ateeq Javid just before the tea interval.

Tim Ambrose followed when he was caught at the second attempt by Gary Balance at first slip off Bresnan and Kane Williamson, brought into the attack when the light faded, bowled Chris Woakes as he advanced down the pitch defensively two overs before bad light halted play.

The only mainstay of Warwickshire’s innings was Bell, who finished unbeaten on 58, but rapidly running out of partners with Warwickshire still trailing by 308 runs.

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    Liam Plunkett excelled with bat and ball to put Yorkshire in command of their championship match with leaders Warwickshire at Headingley.

    Resuming the second morning on 310 for eight after being put into bat, Plunkett scored a brilliant 86 off 75 balls, his highest score for Yorkshire, to help claim four batting points and guide them to a competitive 444 all out.

    But he also played his part with the ball, bowling a quick spell of 6-3-9-1 , which included the wicket of opener Will Porterfield, and helped reduce Warwickshire to 49 for four by tea.

    Plunkett, tipped to be recalled to England’s one-day squad to face Sri Lanka that is due to be announced tomorrow, was the dominant force behind Yorkshire adding 134 runs in only 28.3 overs.

    He hit five fours and four sixes, including a hook for six to bring up his half-century off 51 balls and mark the hundred stand with Steve Patterson for the ninth wicket.

    Patterson added a crucial 43 to their 109-run stand before edging to Ian Bell at backward short leg off Jeetan Patel’s off-spin, while Jack Brooks contributed 14 to a 41-run last wicket stand before Plunkett holed out into the deep.

    Yorkshire got off to a flying start with Brooks uprooting Varun Chopra’s stumps with his third ball and Laurie Evans was well caught low down by Gary Ballance at first slip off Patterson.

    Plunkett strengthened Yorkshire’s advantage by dismissing Porterfield, who was caught at fourth slip by Tim Bresnan and Brooks struck with his fifth ball after returning to the attack to trap Ateeq Javid just before the tea interval.

  • Lunch:

    Yorkshire’s lower order battled to reach a fourth batting point with an unbroken 106-run seventh wicket partnership against Warwickshire at Headingley.

    Resuming the second morning on 310 for eight after being put into bat, the match lasted only four balls before the first rain delay, but it did not stop Liam Plunkett and Steve Patterson powering to an impressive total.

    After a 15-minute delay, the pair returned to add 90 runs in just 19 overs, denying Warwickshire a bowling point for the first time this summer in the process.

    Plunkett was the more aggressive of the two, reaching an unbeaten 56 off 52 balls when rain stopped play with half an hour to go until the end of the morning session, prompting the umpires to call an early lunch.

    But Patterson provided impressive support and hit six fours in his unbeaten 43, helping Yorkshire to an unexpected fourth batting point after slumping to 181 for six shortly before tea on the opening day.

    Tipped for a recall to England’s one-day squad to face Sri Lanka, Plunkett showed his aggression to bring up both the 50 partnership, when he hooked Chris Wright for four.

    He was even more impressive in bringing up his half century off 51 balls, hooking Richard Jones for six – a shot that also brought up the century stand with Patterson.

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