Ryan Sidebottom, above, took 3-14 and Ben Coad 3-5 as Yorkshire steamrollered Warwickshire by eight wickets in their Second Eleven Trophy clash at Rugby School today (Tuesday).
Yorkshire, keen to give first-teamers match practice before their Championship campaign resumes against Warwickshire on Friday, were visiting Rugby and the setting for Tom Brown’s Schooldays for the first time.
The hosts won the toss, and surprisingly elected to bat but they had no answer to the opening attack of Sidebottom and Steven Patterson, 2-14. They were floundering at 12-5 before the end of the powerplay, but 28 for the sixth wicket between Middleton and Milnes, followed by 48 for the seventh wicket by Milnes and Allin helped to restore some honour.
Then Ben Coad entered the fray to wrap up the innings with his best one-day figures for Yorkshire of 3-5 in three overs. Moin Rafiq and Azeem Ashraf took a wicket each - and Warwickshire were out 40 minutes before the scheduled lunch-break at 2.40 pm with 12.4 overs remaining.
The umpires ruled that Yorkshire would have half-an-hour of batting before lunch, and skipper Andrew Gale and Dan Hodgson took the field. They began quietly, with eight runs taken from the first three overs…but then the floodgates opened.
The next seven overs produced 53 runs, with Hodgson - 38 from 25 balls with six fours and a six - particularly severe on the opening attack. Yorkshire were 61 without loss at lunch, but both Hodgson and Gale went soon afterwards – the skipper for a well-made 40 in 53 balls with six fours. Hodd and Rafiq completed the job, Rafiq finishing it with a six over long-on and almost onto the balcony where the scorers were operating.
Warwickshire’s latest slow left-armer played in this game. He is the Bangladeshi Test player Enamul Haque jnr, with 15 caps to his name, whose figures in this game were 4.4-1-20-0.
Warwickshire and Yorkshire meet again tomorrow (Wednesday)for the start of the three-day Second Eleven Championship fixture.
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