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Day Four

Yorkshire first-team coach Andrew Gale praised his team’s character after they required just 42 balls on the final morning to complete an innings-and-and-88-run victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The home side, trailing by 203 on first innings, resumed on 85 for nine and last pair Jeetan Patel and Olly Hannon-Dalby took the score to 115 before the latter missed a forward push at Adil Rashid and was bowled.

Patel, who had just lifted Rashid straight for six, was left unbeaten on 49 (65 balls, five fours, one six) while young seamer Ben Coad ended with five for 50 for match figures of ten for 102.

Yorkshire’s resounding victory was an emphatic response to their surprise defeat to Hampshire in their opening game last week.

“It was a big week for us having played so well last week when we didn’t get anything out of the game,” Gale said. “I thought we showed a lot of character.

“After last week’s game we spoke a lot about wining key passages of play. In the third innings we let Hampshire back in the game but in this game we got an opportunity to get ourselves in front and get away from them and we took it.

“If I was being ultra-critical I would have liked one of our top six to go on and get a hundred after they all got starts. But, on the whole, winning those key sessions was the difference.”

Warwickshire, meanwhile, must dust themselves down from successive innings defeats from which they have taken just three points.

It has been a bracing start to the regime of sport director Ashley Giles and first-team coach Jim Troughton and one that has hurt a set of experienced players which was viewed in some quarters as potential title-challengers.

The first two games have supplied a serious reality check, ahead of another tough fixture, at home to Surrey starting on Friday.

“The first two games have been really disappointing after such high hopes during the winter,” said Giles. “We’ve done a lot of good preparation but just not put it into practice. It’s certainly hit the dressing-room hard but all we can do it try to turn it around.

“After results like that you are always looking for a reaction and that’s what we will look for against Surrey. A lot of these guys have done a lot for this club in the past and now we are asking them to go again. Surrey will be a tough challenge but we just need to play better cricket all-round.”

Day Three

Ben Coad continued his dream start to the season as Yorkshire powered to the brink of Specsavers County Championship victory over Warwickshire on the third day at Edgbaston.

Coad, who lodged his maiden first-class five-for against Hampshire last week, and followed up with another in the first innings in Birmingham, added a third as his five for 27 (ten for 79 in the match) left the home batting in tatters.

Warwickshire, requiring 203 to avoid an innings defeat, ended the third day on 85 for nine.

Coad fed voraciously on Warwickshire’s brittle confidence and, as if his match could not get any better, his victims included Ian Bell. Following his first-innings haul, the 23-year-old admitted the Warwickshire wickets he coveted most were Bell and Jonathan Trott. After dismissing the latter in the first innings, he removed Bell in the second with a brute of a ball which lifted to take the glove on its way to slip.

At one stage, Warwickshire were seven for five and by no means certain to reach 35, their lowest total against Yorkshire. They avoided that embarrassment but their collapse was alarming enough.

After Yorkshire resumed on 295 for six, Adil Rashid (65, 96 balls, ten fours) and Andrew Hodd extended their partnership to 52 before Hodd was bowled by Keith Barker. Rashid reached his 37th first-class fifty before edging Rikki Clarke to Trott at slip. Trott pounced again to catch Steve Patterson off Clarke and David Willey nicked Olly Hannon-Dalby but, with the lead past 200, Yorkshire’s paceman were keen to get bowling.

Warwickshire were then blitzed by a devastating burst of postprandial turbulence. In six overs between lunch and a rain-break they scored one run and lost three wickets.

David Willey’s fifth ball after lunch removed Alex Mellor, caught by Tim Bresnan at first slip, and his sixth pinned Jonathan Trott lbw. Bell kept out the hat-trick ball but collected only a single before copping a near-unplayable offering from Coad.

After rain lopped off 21 overs, Coad resumed his rampage. He knocked out Sam Hain’s off-stump as the batsman offered no shot, trapped Tim Ambrose lbw and had Rikki Clarke caught at second slip.

Further rain after tea, with Warwickshire 36 for six, cleared to leave Yorkshire 11 overs to try to finish the match off in three days. Patterson had Barker caught behind, William Porterfield (20, 58 balls, three fours) edged Coad into the cordon and Rashid bowled Wright but the light closed back in before the tenth wicket could be captured.

Day Two

Australian import Peter Handscomb showed exactly the quality that Yorkshire hoped he would inject into their top order as the White Rose took command against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

In reply to the home side’s 178, Yorkshire were 295 for six, 117 ahead, at the close of the second day of this Specsavers County Championship match.

Their impressive collective bowling effort had a home-grown heart as Ben Coad, Harrogate-born and Thirsk-educated, took five for 52 to complete back-to-back five-wicket hauls in his fourth and fifth first-class matches. But the foundation stone of their batting was Melbourne-made.

Handscomb went in with team wobbling on nine for one and, as befits a player with a Test average of 54.27, batted with immediate freedom and confidence. He enjoyed some luck, especially early on, but seized rapaciously on anything loose on his way to 75 (110 balls, 12 fours).

After Handscomb’s departure, Tim Bresnan (61, 103 balls, 12 fours), supported by Jack Leaning and Adil Rashid, patiently extended Yorkshire’s advantage against a softened ball in the final session. Warwickshire have much batting to do to save this match.

After resuming on 152 for eight, the home side soon lost Chris Wright, whose cartwheeling off-stump provided Coad’s fifth wicket. Keith Barker posted his second successive half-century (50, 88 balls, four fours) before edging Bresnan to wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd.

Warwickshire needed to strike back hard but took only one wicket in 16 overs before lunch. Adam Lyth gloved a legside delivery from Wright to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, but Alex Lees and Handscomb added 88 in 24.5 overs before the former edged Barker to Rikki Clarke at second slip.

Hanscombe, making a particular effort not to let spinner Jeetan Patel dictate, played with considerable aplomb. It came as a surprise when he perished, inside-edging a big drive at Wright on to his stumps, but he left with his side only 46 behind with seven wickets intact.

Gary Ballance (22, 60 balls) edged the first ball after tea, from Olly Hannon-Dalby, to Ambrose but Leaning (40, 114 balls, five fours) and Bresnan took their side in front with a stand of 60 before the former fell to a sharp short-leg catch by Sam Hain off Patel.

Barker trapped Bresnan lbw with the new ball but Rashid, a century-maker in this fixture in 2013, settled solidly in and Yorkshire’s lead steadily grew as dusk fell on the Second City.

Day One

The impressive depth to Yorkshire’s seam-department resonated in the Edgbaston gloom as Ben Coad bowled the White Rose into the ascendancy on the opening day against Warwickshire.

Yorkshire arrived at Edgbaston for this Specsavers County Championship Division One match still without injured front-line seamers Jack Brooks, Ryan Sidebottom and Liam Plunkett. But captain Gary Ballance happily took up the option to bowl first and Coad led the dismantling of the home side’s top and middle order.

The 23-year-old, playing only his fifth first-class match, followed up his six for 37 against Hampshire at Headingley last week with four for 47 as Warwickshire made 152 for eight on a day stripped of almost exactly half its scheduled overs by rain.

For the home side it was another worrying day. Having taken just a single point from their opening game against Surrey at The Oval, where they were bowled out in the first innings for 91, the Bears were in danger of coming in under 100 again at 77 for seven before Keith Barker (33 not out, 58 balls) and Jeetan Patel (36, 30 balls) counter-attacked.

Yorkshire, who also lost their opening game last week, welcomed David Willey back into their bowling attack but it was Coad who inflicted serious early damage with a burst of three for 12 in his first eight overs.

He removed William Porterfield, caught by Ballance at mid-off and Alex Mellor via a catch by wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd before trapping Jonathan Trott lbw.

Tim Bresnan and Steve Patterson constitute a high-class pair of change bowlers and both struck quickly, the former trapping Sam Hain and the latter luring Ian Bell into a drive which he edged to the wicketkeeper. When, just after lunch, Patterson had Tim Ambrose caught behind and Coad trapped Rikki Clarke lbw, Warwickshire were 77 for seven but Patel and Barker built a run-a-ball half-century partnership.

The counter-attack proved effective, Patel hoisting Coad over mid-wicket for six, before it was first halted by rain and then terminated in the second over after the resumption when the New Zealander was bowled by an Adil Rashid googly.

Barker and Chris Wright added an unbroken 20 to preserve Warwickshire’s hopes of harvesting their first batting point of this season. But too many of their colleagues had, like Hampshire’s batsmen last week, failed to crack the Coad.