10-wicket Ben cracks the Coad for Yorkshire

Ben Coad. Picture Tony Johnson.
Ben Coad. Picture Tony Johnson.
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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. 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.