Cricket: Rashid stars as Tykes dominate

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The quality and resilience of Yorkshire’s cricket in dominating Warwickshire at Edgbaston had the hallmark of potential contenders for this season’s Division One crown in the LV= County Championship.

Having dismissed the injury-hit champions for 128, they overcame all obstacles as half-centuries by Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid helped them into a lead of 190 on closing the second day at 318 for seven.

Tim Bresnan’s arrival from Lord’s added to the Yorkshire feelgood factor. He began the day with his release from the England squad and finished it with 38 in a stand of 75 with Rashid, who followed his century against Somerset by making a fluent 68 not out.

A lesser side could have been sidetracked when Boyd Rankin ended an opening partnership of 77 with wickets in successive overs and again when Jeetan Patel’s persistent spin bowling secured a return of three for 37 in 20 overs.

Rankin’s shirt displayed neither name nor number but at 6ft 8in he can never be anonymous.

The towering pace bowler has given up representing Ireland partly to avoid injuries such as the workload-related foot problem which restricted him to six games in last year’s successful campaign.

A flare-up from this injury in the winter then delayed his return to county duty until the fourth championship match of a new season.

Capturing five wickets against Sussex and Middlesex was a decent return on flat surfaces but there was some bounce for him here when he temporarily knocked Yorkshire out of their stride.

Adam Lyth (43) was mostly untroubled until cutting his second ball to point where Tim Mines atoned for an earlier drop and the less expansive Joe Sayers (24) was caught behind after hitting only two fours in two and a quarter hours.

Andrew Gale stood up to Rankin with two sixes - one of which Chris Woakes caught in stepping beyond the rope - but having given one other chance in making 40, Yorkshire’s captain is still without a fifty this season as he struggles to find any consistent form.