Sidebottom and Brooks blow Warwickshire away

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Yorkshire’s bowlers showed the qualities of champions to dismiss potential title-contenders Warwickshire for just 69 in the LV=County Championship at Edgbaston.

Ryan Sidebottom took 6-34 and Jack Brooks 3-14 as the home side folded spectacularly, at one stage losing five wickets for no runs in 29 balls.

With the ball swinging, it was bowling of high pace, accuracy and intelligence as the Bears’ aspirations to challenging the White Rose for the title effectively evaporated in the space of 25 minutes.

After the innings lurched to 37-9, even the follow-on figure of 64 looked distant and it was only thanks to a 10th-wicket partnership of 32 between Rikki Clarke and Oliver Hannon-Dalby that that ignominy was avoided.

Yorkshire still had a commanding first-innings lead of 144 though and they spent the rest of the day steadily enhancing it.

They closed on 125-1 with Will Rhodes unbeaten on 53 having showed that the pitch contains no demons by batting for 167 minutes with few alarms.

After rain permitted only nine balls in the morning, Warwickshire resumed after lunch on 18-2, inched to 29-2 then fell in a heap.

Impressive though the bowling was, there was also some accident-prone batting, not least from the openers.

The procession began when Ian Westwood emulated his captain Varun Chopra from the night before, and offered no shot to a Sidebottom delivery which hit the stumps.

A couple of bat-lengths away from the pitch which last week yielded 12 wickets for 1,213 runs in four days, Warwickshire lost seven wickets for eight runs in 11 overs. Sidebottom’s removal of Laurie Evans, Peter McKay and Sam Hain left him with the first six wickets but his aspirations to an all-10 ended when Brooks forced former England batsman Jonathan Trott to edge into the slips.

When Brooks briskly added the wickets of Jeetan Patel and Boyd Rankin, for the only fourth time in hosts Warwickshire’s 121-year first-class history, six batsmen had bagged ducks in an innings.

Clarke and Hannon-Dalby at least averted the follow on, Clarke cutting Tim Bresnan for the decisive four to hearty cheers, laced with irony, from the Edgbaston faithful.

After Clarke (28) was bowled by Steve Patterson, the visitors found batting a straightforward business second time round, extending their advantage to 269 for the loss of opener Alex Lees (28).

Sidebottom said: “Before play Dizzy (coach, Jason Gillespie) 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 crap 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 (first innings) so to come out and bowl them out for 69 was very pleasing.”