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Yorkshire wrap up early victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston

The visitors needed just 48 balls on the final morning to win the County Championship game.

CRICKET 17/04/17 12:51
Yorkshire wrap up early victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston

Yorkshire required just 48 balls on the final morning to complete an innings-and-and-88-run victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston in the Specsavers County Championship.

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

Patel had just lifted Rashid straight for six and was left unbeaten on 49, from 65 balls with five fours and that one six, while young seamer Ben Coad ended with five for 50 for match figures of 10 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,” said first-team coach Andrew Gale. “I thought we showed a lot of character.

“After last week’s game we spoke a lot about winning 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.”

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 who were viewed in some quarters as potential title challengers.

“The first two games have been really disappointing after such high hopes during the winter,” said Giles. “It’s certainly hit the dressing-room hard but all we can do is 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.”