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Bresnan rolls back the years to haunt Yorkshire


Warwickshi­re took three wickets late in the day to gain the upper hand in their crucial clash against fellow title chasers Yorkshire.

With a lead of 224, Warwickshi­re reduced Yorkshire to 50 for three before the close of day two at Emerald Headingley as Tim Bresnan returned to haunt the county with whom he won two championsh­ip titles in 2014 and 2015.

The veteran all-rounder contribute­d a valuable 36 in Warwickshi­re’s second-innings 176, then took three catches in the slips as Yorkshire lost Adam Lyth, George Hill and Dawid Malan before stumps – the latter off the last ball of the day.

It leaves Yorkshire needing to score 174 with seven wickets in hand, knowing that the loser of this match is almost certainly out of the title running.

Jack Blatherwic­k got to bowl for Lancashire for the first time in the County Championsh­ip and made the most of the opportunit­y as he took four wickets to help punish Somerset at Taunton.

After Lancashire finished their first innings all out for 373, Blatherwic­k took four for 28 and Tom Bailey claimed three for nine as Somerset slumped to 90 all out.

Forced to follow on, things did improve as Tom Lammonby made 100 off 103 balls to help them to reach 226 for four by the close, though they still trail by 57.

In Division Two, Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke took two superb catches and off-spinner Andrew Salter claimed two wickets in three balls to slow Gloucester­shire’s progress at Cardiff.

Cooke dived full length to his left to dsimiss Miles Hammond for 34, then full length to his right to claim Tom Lace for 12. Gloucester­shire reached the close on 224 for four in response to Glamorgan’s 309.

In Division Three, Kent’s Grant Stewart took four for six in nine overs to rip through Derbyshire’s top order, finishing with five for 23.

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