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Plunkett helps Tykes take control

Liam Plunkett scored 86 as Yorkshire took firm control of their home LV= County Championship Division One clash with leaders Warwickshire.

The hosts' tail wagged defiantly as they boosted their first innings from 310 for eight overnight to 444 all out, with Plunkett proving the star of the show on day two at Headingley.

He and Steven Patterson (43) combined as Yorkshire put on a ninth-wicket stand of 106, and by the time he had been dismissed, Plunkett had struck eight fours and four sixes in a knock that came off 75 balls.

Warwickshire, who had put their opponents into bat on day one, then struggled in their effort to avoid the follow-on, finishing the day on 136 for six, with captain Ian Bell having battled hard to accrue 58 not out.

During a morning session that was, because of rain, interrupted and then concluded early for lunch, Yorkshire moved to 400 without further loss as Plunkett and Patterson excelled.

The former, on four at the start of the day, brought up his 50 in style just before the interval with a hooked six off Richard Jones.

Almost immediately after the break, Patterson, who had made six fours, was ousted, caught by Bell off Jeetan Patel.

Jack Brooks joined Plunkett in the middle and either side of another brief rain interruption the home side continued to rack up the runs before the latter, on his highest score for Yorkshire, was finally removed, caught by William Porterfield in the deep off Chris Woakes, who ended with figures of four for 68.

It had been a demoralising period for Warwickshire and things did not get much better for them as they got their first innings under way, needing 295 to avoid the follow on.

They had just three runs on the board when Brooks sent two of Varun Chopra's stumps tumbling.

Laurie Evans subsequently departed, caught by Gary Ballance off Patterson, to leave Warwickshire on 25 for two, and it was at this point that Bell entered the fray.

But the visitors added only 12 more runs before they were another wicket down as Porterfield was caught by Tim Bresnan off the irrepressible Plunkett, and it was then 49 for four, with Ateeq Javid trapped lbw by Brooks.

Tea was called at that point, and the Bears stabilised somewhat afterwards thanks to Bell and Tim Ambrose.

But Ambrose (21) then departed with Warwickshire on 88, Ballance catching again and Bresnan claiming the wicket this time.

Woakes came in to contribute 15 before being bowled by Kane Williamson with the away side on 128, and at the point at which bad light brought play to a close, their deficit was 308 runs, with Keith Barker (four not out) and Bell at the crease.