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Close report: Yorkshire v Warwickshire (Day One)

— 19 September 2017


Matthew Fisher starred with 5-54 from 15.1 overs to help put Yorkshire on top after an action-packed day one against Warwickshire at Headingley.

Fisher’s first day of Specsavers County Championship cricket this season also saw Bears off-spinner Jeetan Patel post 100 off 112 balls as the visitors recovered from 49-6 this morning to 219 all out after tea.

Yorkshire then closed on 62-1 from 23 overs, with debutant Kraigg Brathwaite making 18.

This is a clash between a Warwickshire side already relegated and a Yorkshire side who started this penultimate round of fixtures just one point clear of second-bottom Middlesex.

New ball seamers Jack Brooks and Ben Coad struck twice apiece and Steve Patterson once.

Yorkshire bowled particularly well before lunch having seen Warwickshire opt to toss and elect to bat.

Brooks made breakthrough when he had Dom Sibley caught behind by Andrew Hodd in the ninth over, leaving the score 8-1, before he had driving Jonathan Trott superbly caught at second slip by Adam Lyth for one in his next.

Warwickshire have handed debuts to opener Liam Banks and all-rounder Alex Thomson; making their first-class and Championship bows. And they both fell before lunch.

Fisher got Banks (13) caught behind before Matt Lamb was also caught behind off Patterson – 34-4 in the 18th.

Tim Ambrose was Lyth’s second second slip victim as Coad picked up his first with 47 on the board in the 25th over. It was soon 49-6 when the same man bowled Thomson for a duck.

Then came the frustrating part of the day for Yorkshire, who saw Patel and Ian Bell share 96 for the seventh wicket either side of lunch.

Bell’s 51 was Warwickshire’s next best score, with him posting a 121-ball half-century shortly after Patel’s came off 47.

Both men played nicely, although Patel did have his luck as a number of boundaries went to vacant third man on the way to his second career ton against Yorkshire.

Fisher picked up Bell and Chris Wright lbw as the score fell to 151-8 in the 50th over before Patel and tail-ender Boyd Rankin shared 66 either side of tea for the ninth wicket.

Patel reached his third career first-class century off 111 balls before Fisher trapped him lbw next ball, leaving Warwickshire at 217-9 in the 69th.

In his next over, Fisher wrapped up the innings by bowling Ryan Sidebottom.

Lyth pulled a couple of sixes in an unbeaten 35, although saw Brathwaite edge Wright to first slip late in the day. Patterson came out as night-watchman.

Matthew Fisher

“It’s a good feeling and something I’ve waited probably two years for now with my injuries last year,” he said.

“It’s been a very good day. We bowled really well. Jack Brooks and Ben Coad set the tone. Brooksy looked really good and had good rhythm with the new ball.

“We all chipped in then.

“There’s always going to be a partnership, and I thought Jeetan played really well. He made the pitch look different to everyone else batting on it.

“He chanced his arm, but he was selective. He played some pretty good shots.

“Lythy and Kraigg battled hard at the end of the day. To be 150 behind with nine wickets left is a really good position, and that’s the most important thing. It’s not about who takes the wickets, its about getting the team in a good position.”