White Rose stroll to commanding position

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LV= County Championship leaders Yorkshire moved into a commanding position after bowling out Warwickshire for just 69 on day two of the Division One match at Edgbaston.

The Bears resumed on 11 for two but were reduced to 37 for nine, losing five wickets for the addition of no runs as Ryan Sidebottom recorded figures of six for 34 from just 12 overs. Jack Brooks conceded just 14 runs from his 11 overs while taking three wickets and, while Rikki Clarke’s 28 provided some resistance, Steve Patterson removed him to end the innings. That gave the Tykes a first-innings lead of 144 and that was extended to 269 by stumps as they reached 125 for one with Will Rhodes unbeaten on 53.

Yorkshire’s bowlers had showed the qualities of champions to dismiss the title-contenders.

It was bowling of high pace, accuracy and intelligence as the Bears’ aspirations to challenging the White Rose for the title effectively evaporated in 25 minutes. Warwickshire will have to bat superbly well or deliver an extraordinarily effective rain dance to save this match.

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown said: “Credit to Yorkshire. Ryan Sidebottom was outstanding and they bowled exceptionally well, albeit in very helpful conditions, and caught very well.

“We were undone by good bowling but our batting was weak. Too many of the guys were trapped in the crease and it was only our last pair that really started getting properly forward or back.

“But we are a resilient bunch and I expect us to be a lot better in the second innings. The game’s not dead yet but to save it we will have to fight like we have never done before and play a lot better than we have done in the last two days.”

Yorkshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom added: “Before play Dizzy asked me to say a few words to the lads and I said we had to bowl full and straight so I had to go out and do what I had told them to do.

“I bowled a couple of bad overs first up but then you get going. I put it in the right areas and there was a bit of swing and seam.

“Jack Brooks bowled really well and we complement each other well. Sometimes one guy bowls at two an over and the other guy gets the wickets but it doesn’t matter which way round it happens, it’s all about being effective as a unit.

“We didn’t bat very well so to come out and bowl them out for 69 was very pleasing.”