Craig Miles leads the way for Bears
Warwickshire produced an impressive bowling display to seize the early initiative against Yorkshire during a rain-hit first day at York’s Clifton Park.
After opting for an uncontested toss, Jeetan Patel’s decision to bowl was vindicated when seamers Craig Miles (4-32) and Oliver Hannon-Dalby shared five wickets to fall for eight runs during an afternoon session which saw the hosts slip from 93-1 to 101-6.
Yorkshire, for whom Gary Ballance continued his excellent form with 54 while David Willey posted 46, later closed on 208-8, with no play possible beyond 5.40pm.
The first county game in the city of York since 1890 was delayed by half-an-hour by rain before three further interruptions meant a loss of 29 overs from the day’s allotted 96.
Warwickshire had to remain patient on a pitch offering good pace and carry. Yorkshire reached lunch on 60-1 from 20 overs and advanced to 93-1 thanks to a second-wicket stand of 85 between Ballance and opener Will Fraine.
Hannon-Dalby made the initial breakthrough when he slanted one across Adam Lyth and had him caught behind.
Ballance and Fraine steadied the ship but, aided by swing and seam, things happened quickly for the Bears midway through the afternoon as the hosts lost five wickets for eight runs in 10.1 overs, all from the City End.
Fraine fell for a career best 42, superbly caught at mid-wicket by a diving Matt Lamb off Miles.
Two balls later, Miles trapped Tom Kohler-Cadmore lbw for nought. The quick struck again in his next over when he bowled Jack Leaning for a duck.
Wickets continued to tumble, with Hannon-Dalby repeating Miles’s feat of two in an over by dismissing Jonny Tattersall and Jordan Thompson.
Ballance reached his fifth Championship 50 of the season, only to fall lbw to Patel with the total on 145-7.
Willey and Steve Patterson then shared an entertaining 60-run stand before Willey was bowled by Miles.