Yorkshire jumped back to the top of the first division after beating Warwickshire by an innings and 155 runs in today’s championship match at Headingley.
Resuming on 136 for six, trailing by 308 runs, current first division leaders Warwickshire were dismissed for 200, conceding a 244-run first innings deficit, before being dismissed for only 89.
It returns Yorkshire to the top of the table, a position they lost after their recent defeat to Middlesex at Lord’s, after an outstanding display on the third day at Headingley.
Liam Plunkett, overlooked for the Twenty20 and one-day squads announced by England today, made the early breakthrough by surprising Keith Barker with extra bounce and prompting him to edge behind.
Steve Patterson followed that early wicket by bowling Jeetan Patel through the gate for a duck, while Adil Rashid won an lbw decision against Richard Jones.
Warwickshire’s first innings ended when captain Ian Bell edged behind having batted for nearly five fours for his 97, hitting seven fours and a six in his brilliant innings.
Following on, Warwickshire quickly slumped into trouble against the new ball, losing five wickets for 10 runs in 25 balls to reach 31 for five, including Bell edging low to Kane Williamson at third slip for four.
Jack Brooks led Yorkshire’s charge for victory by claiming three of those first five wickets, including Bell, and admitted Yorkshire could not have dreamed of a better day.
“It’s unbelievable how the game has gone,” admitted Brooks. “We fought hard while we were batting and churned out a really good score and went hard at them yesterday.
“We had to go hard at them early in the second innings and get right into their guts. Tim Bresnan and myself hit good areas and the lads took fantastic catches and to take five wickets in that opening spell was unbelievable, really.
“I’m easily frustrated and I’m my own worst critic, no matter how well or badly I’m doing, I’m always trying to improve. That spell today is as good as any spell I’ve bowled for a while.”
After slumping to 31 for five, Warwickshire made a brief recovery with Tim Ambrose and Chris Woakes, both dropped in the slips early in their innings, forging a 49-run sixth wicket stand.
But after Steve Patterson was recalled to the attack from the Rugby Stand End, he claimed two wickets in an over, bowling Ambrose for 28 before Keith Barker edged behind.
Bad light and rain halted play with Warwickshire reeling on 84 for seven, but when they resumed it took only 3.2 overs to complete the triumph, with Plunkett claiming wickets with successive deliveries to secure Yorkshire’s emphatic triumph.