Yorkshire CCC: Bresnan shores up Root’s solid start

Yorkshire's Joe Root.
Yorkshire's Joe Root.
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Yorkshire were grateful for Tim Bresnan’s lower-order runs to ensure England colleague Joe Root’s good start was not wasted on day one against Warwickshire.

Root made 69 and put on 91 with opening partner Adam Lyth, but the Tykes slipped to 181-6 before Bresnan (61) helped his side’s top-scorer Kane Williamson (75) add 113 for the seventh wicket.

Keith Barker and Chris Woakes took three wickets apiece for LV= County Championship leaders Warwickshire, who from 310-8 will hope to wrap the innings up quickly on day two having won the toss.

They would have spent much of the morning questioning that decision as Lyth and Root made solid progress either side of a short rain break.

The first seven overs brought 38 runs before the weather gave the Bears some respite, and Yorkshire’s half-century came up in the 12th and was immediately followed by Root’s seventh boundary.

The fresh-faced international reached a 59-ball half-century, featuring nine fours in total, before Lyth mis-timed a pull at Woakes’ fourth delivery and contrived to swat it straight back for a return catch.

It was 105-1 at lunch, with Root on 67, but he barely added to that tally before he too lost his wicket to a loose stroke, chopping on when trying to cut Barker.

Captain Andrew Gale (five) went in similar fashion to a Woakes delivery which possibly kept low, and Gary Ballance was struck on the elbow by Woakes before falling lbw to Barker for four.

That was 137-4, with Williamson on only 13 having seen three partners depart, and he received only limited support from Jonny Bairstow as well.

The pair put on 22 before Bairstow (15) played across the line at a full delivery from Chris Wright and was bowled.

Wright struck again to have Adil Rashid (10) caught at second slip by William Porterfield – but that brought Bresnan to the wicket, and the Tykes began to rebuild.

The burly all-rounder dominated the early scoring in his partnership with Williamson, who was allowed to progress unobtrusively towards 50.

The New Zealander took Barker for two and four in successive balls to bring up a 123-ball half-century and also the fifty partnership with Bresnan, who had contributed 32.

He then hoisted international team-mate Jeetan Patel for six before Bresnan reached his half-century from 94 balls with a single off Richard Jones. Barker (3-69) ended a crucial partnership when he pinned Williamson lbw, the right-hander having faced 184 balls and hit six fours and a six.

Woakes (3-43) ripped out Bresnan in the next over.

And it was then left to Liam Plunkett (4 not out) and Steven Patterson (12no) to see out the last six.

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